1,130 haiku from 46 nations to the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
August 31 , 2014
1. We held the third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in celebration of the 29th National Cultural Festival in Akita 2014, receiving the submitted haiku from May 1 (Thursday) till June 30 (Monday).
The organizers are Akita International Haiku Association, The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Akita Prefecture, The Akita Prefectural Executive Committee of the 29th National Cultural Festival.
2. Only one haiku was allowed to be submitted per haiku poet, and there were three sections of Japanese haiku, Russian haiku, and English haiku. One of the languages had to be chosen from among Japanese, Russian, and English in composing and submitting haiku.
As a result, 1,130 haiku were submitted from 46 nations.
3. 634 haiku were submitted for the Japanese haiku section.
627 haiku were submitted from Japan, 3 haiku from Russia and Argentina, and 1 haiku from Romania.
4. 54 haiku were for the Russian haiku section.
36 haiku were submitted from Russia, 4 haiku from Ukraine, 2 haiku from Belarus, Israel, and Romania each, 1 haiku from Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, USA, and Japan each.
5. 442 haiku were submitted for the English haiku section.
442 haiku lovers or haiku poets were submitted from 46 nations:
Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, and USA.
6. Awards and Announcement:
Six winners of each haiku section are notified by email at the end of August or at the beginning of September.
The winners will be announced on the occasion of International Haiku Forum held Saturday, October 25, 2014, 13:30 ~ 17:00 p.m., at Akita International University.
They are expected to be present at the 3rd Japan-Russia haiku contest awards ceremony then.
If they do not attend the ceremony, they will be sent the certificate and some prize by mail.
The winners are also announced on the website of Akita International Haiku Network (https://akitahaiku.com/) on October 25, 2014.
Akita Prefectural Governor Award is presented to the best haiku in the Japanese section.
AIH President Award is presented to the best haiku in the Russian section by Akita International Haiku Association.
AIU President Award is presented to the best haiku in the English section by Akita International University.
These three winners above mentioned are presented a round-trip airplane ticket between Haneda Airport and Akita Airport when they attend the 3rd Japan-Russia haiku contest awards ceremony.
If they don’t come there, the winners will be sent the certificate and the prize by mail.
JAL Foundation Award, the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award, the Akita Sakigake Shimpo President Award, Akita Branch of Ten’i (Providence) Haiku Group Chairman Award, Akita International University President Award, Akita International Haiku Network Chief Director Award are also presented to one of the honorable mentions in each section by the sponsors above mentioned.
Each winner is presented with the certificate and the prize at the ceremony or by mail.
7. The posting of haiku on the website
English haiku submitted from 46 nations will be posted on the website of Akita International Haiku Network from the end of November or at the beginning of December.
― 蛭田秀法（Hidenori Hiruta）