The Results of VII Polish International Haiku Contest 2017

2018/01/02

 

 

Polish Haiku Association organized PIHC – VII Edition 2017, whose results were announced on December 31.
 
Guidelines

Submission period: October 15 – November 30, 2017
Haiku: one (not previously published in any form, not submitted anywhere), one person can send only one haiku – multiply submissions will not be accepted
Language: English
Theme: free
Style: with kigo (seasonal reference – any), three lines, within the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, no strict syllable count
Fee: none
Jury: Hidenori Hiruta (Founder of the Akita International Haiku Network) – Final Judge, Marta Chocilowska (Treasurer of the PHA) and Robert Kania (President of the PHA) – Pre-Selectors
Coordinator: Krzysztof Kokot – haiku poet
Results: up to 31 December
Prizes: diplomas and gifts for 1st (one haiku), 2nd (one haiku) and 3rd prize (one haiku), diplomas for commendations (ten haiku)
Organizer: Polish Haiku Association (PHA)
Note: any correspondence regarding this contest (queries, doubts etc. ) should be mailed to pihc@psh.org.pl

Online entry form:
the deadline has expired

 

VII PIHC 2017 – results

 

FINAL JUDGE’S GENERAL COMMENTARY

 

Hidenori Hiruta’s Profile : https://akitahaiku.com/2010/04/10/

Hidenori Hiruta’s Haiku Website : https://akitahaiku.com/

Hidenori Hiruta’s Haiku Blog: http://akitahaiku.blogspot.jp/

The winter solstice is approaching. Recently in the evenings illuminated objects have appeared with LED bulbs lit up colorfully in the street or in the park. It feels as if illuminated trees or cartoon characters celebrated the coming of the longest night.

This winter, to my great honor, I was given a chance to read haiku sent to the VII Polish International Haiku Contest whose coordinator is Krzysztof Kokot. By December 25, I will have appreciated 44 haiku chosen by Robert Kania and Marta Chocilowska (who selected it from 366 submitted haiku), selecting 3 prize-winning haiku and 10 commended haiku and giving some comments. I hope that you will enjoy reading them as Basho used to lean his back against a post and read poetry in his winter seclusion.

Hidenori Hiruta

 

WINNERS
(gifts and diplomas)

 

FIRST PRIZE

 

spring garden
the color returns
to her cheeks

Darrell Lindsey, USA

 

春の庭

生色が戻る

彼女の頬に

Hidenori Hiruta’s judging comment: Spring is here in the garden. Nature has awakened, with plants and trees sprouting new leaves and fresh spring flowers blooming there. In a warm breeze the garden is filled with the scent of life and growth and the riot of colors in the blooms of early flowers. Changing seasons have a profound effect on plant and animal life as well as on human life. Spring is the time of renewal of all living creatures.

 

SECOND PRIZE

 

mom’s lullaby –
the full moon now halved
by sardine clouds

Indra Neil Mekala, India

 

母親の子守歌-

満月が半分になった

イワシ雲で

Hidenori Hiruta’s judging comment: This haiku reminds me of Issa’s haiku.

名月を取ってくれろと泣く子かな    一茶

Meigetsu wo  totte kurero to  naku ko kana

The child sobs,
“Give it to me!”
The bright full moon.

Issa

In the prize-winning haiku, the little child wants to get the full moon, sobbing in her mom’s bosom. Her mom sings a pleasant song to help her go to sleep. But it was in vain. Instead the sardine clouds do that. Half of the moon is invisible now. At last the little child goes to sleep.

Notes: Kobayashi Issa (小林 一茶) (1763 – 1828) is regarded as one of the haiku masters in Japan.

 

THIRD PRIZE

 

morning frost
granddaughter measures
my footprint

Mohammad Azim Khan, Pakistan

 

朝の霜

孫娘が測る

私の足跡を

Hidenori Hiruta’s judging comment: Play is lots of fun for children. While in play, children want the time and opportunity to examine everything they see. And they find something new, expanding their scope. Granddaughter in this haiku is no exception. Even on the frosty morning, grandfather is the best toy for his granddaughter to play with. Seeing her grandfather’s footprint on the frost, granddaughter wants to measure his footprint. She finds how big his footprint is, having a new scope on how small her own footprint is. Play provides rich learning opportunities.

 

10 COMMENDATIONS – diplomas
(listed in seasonal order from spring to summer, autumn and winter)

 

first steps…
catching cherry blossoms
in chubby fist

Nancy Brady, USA

最初の歩み...

桜の花を摑む

ふっくらとした拳の中に

***

 

Sound of raindrops
dispersing our silence
under an umbrella.

Zlata Bogović, Croatia

雨滴の音

私たちの沈黙を散らす

雨傘の下で

***

 

by moonlight . . .
i slip into the stars of
my kimono

Veronika Zora Novak, Canada

月光によって...

私は着物の星の中に滑り込む

***

 

Autumn moon
the burnt almond scent
as she leaves the room

John Hawkhead, United Kingdom

秋の月

焼いたアーモンドの香り

彼女が部屋を出るとき

***

 

one last look before
getting on the tourist bus–
maples in Senshu Park

David McMurray, Japan

最後の一見

観光バスに乗る前に――

千秋公園の紅葉

***

 

snip of paper –
painting in a black ink
an autumn leaf

Maria Piasecka, Poland

切り取られた小片の紙-

黒いインクで描いている

秋の葉

***

 

autumn wildflowers —
feeling like picking one up
on her party dress

Minh-Triêt Pham, France

秋の野花-

一本を摘みたいような気分

彼女のパーテイドレスに

***

 

Snow at night
hidden under the wing
the duck’s head

Pasquale Asprea, Italy

夜の雪

翼の下に隠れる

鴨の頭

***

 

winter evening
I knit another row
of stars

Andy McLellan, United Kingdom

冬の夜

私は別の星の列を編む

***

 

winter alone . . .
sometimes a chimney gust
stirs the embers

Lorin Ford, Australia

冬一人...

時々煙突の突然の噴出が

燃えさしをかき立てる

 

JURY COMMITTEE SUMMARY

Thanks to all 366 authors from 54 countries who have sent their haiku to the VII Polish International Haiku Competition. Like in the previous year, haiku was received by Krzysztof Kokot. Then he sent anonymously to Marta Chociłowska and Robert Kania, who chose haiku (taking into account their simplicity, originality, imagery, etc.) and sent them to Hidenori Hirut, who made the final verdict.

Participants: Austria (3), Australia (12), Bangladesh (2), Belgium (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Brazil (3), Bulgaria (20), Canada (12), China (1), Colombia (1), Croatia (44), Cyprus (1), Denmark (1), France (8), Germany (13), Ghana (3), Greece (1), India (21), Ireland (2), Israel (1), Italy (16), Japan (1), Kenya (1), Lithuania (9), Macedonia (1), Malaysia (1), Malta (1), Montenegro (3), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (9), Nigeria (9), Norway (6), Pakistan (1), Philippines (4), Poland (24), Portugal (1), Romania (24), Russia (5), Serbia (11), Singapore (1), Slovenia (4), Spain (2), South Africa (1), Sri Lanka (2), Sweden (2), Switzerland (3), Tajikistan (1), Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia (1), Turkey (1), Uganda (1), Ukraine (1), United Kingdom (23), USA (40).

Hidenori Hiruta, Final Judge (Founder of the Akita International Haiku Network)
Marta Chocilowska, Pre-selector (Treasurer of the Polish Haiku Association)
Robert Kania, Pre-selector (President of the Polish Haiku Association)
Krzysztof Kokot, Coordinator (Co-editor of the European Quarterly Kukai)

31.12.2017

 

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