|The British Haiku Awards are an annual international competition, comprising three categories: haiku, haibun and tanka. Entries for the 2012 award can be submitted up until 31 January 2013.|
Rules of the British Haiku Awards
- Submissions must be in English, unpublished at the time of submission, (remaining unpublished until results results are declared). There is no limit on the number of submissions per competitor.
- Deadline: in the administrator’s hands by 31 January, 2013. Entries for different categories may be sent in the same envelope.
- Entry procedures: For haiku or tanka, send each poem on three separate 5 x 3 inch. (125 x 75mm) cards (or paper cut to the size.) On one only of the 3 copies write your name and address on the back. For haibun, send three copies of each haibun, each copy on a separate A4 sheet or sheets. On one copy only put your name, address, phone number and email address (if applicable). Haibun must contain at least one haiku and at least 100 words of prose, and must not exceed 2,500 words in length. Each haibun should be given a title.
Enclose the appropriate fee[s] (see below) and post to:
The British Haiku Awards, 37 Holt Road, North Elmham, Norfolk, NR20 5JQ, UK.
No entries will be returned, so do keep your own copies.
- Fees: The entry fee for up to 3 haiku or 3 tankais £5 (or US$ 8) and £1 (US$ 1) per haiku or tanka thereafter, the fee for haibun is £5 (or US$ 8) per entry. Cheques and money orders payable to: The British Haiku Society (N.B. not ‘BHS’.) Due to high currency and clearance charges, payment can only be accepted in sterling by cheque drawn on a bank with branches in the UK; or by British postal order or International Money Order; or (at the sender’s risk) in sterling bank notes, dollar bills, or Euro bank notes at the current rate of exchange. (None have gone astray yet!)
- No current trustee of the British Haiku Society is eligible to enter.
- Adjudication process: BHS will appoint two judges for haiku, one for haibun and one for tanka. Each judge sees all entries submitted in the category assigned to him/her, and without consulting, makes his/her independent choice of best haiku, haibun or tanka (and in the case of haiku and tanka, one runner-up also). Their choices will be final and no correspondence can be entered into about the results. It is possible for an entrant to win more than one prize.
- Prizes: For haiku, prizes of £125 will be awarded to each of the two best and £50 to each of two runners-up. For tanka, there is one prize of £125 and a runner-up prize of £50. For haibun there will be one winner’s prize of £100 but at present there will be no runner-up prize. (With an increased number of entries in the future we hope to award a runner-up prize as well.)
- Publication of results: As soon as they are known, results will be put up on the BHS website at www.britishhaikusociety.org.uk. All haiku and tanka selected for awards, along with the judges’ reports, will be published in the May 2013 issue of the BHS journal, Blithe Spirit. It is hoped the selected haibun may also appear in full in that issue, but as their length is unpredictable, for space reasons the journal editor will use his/her discretion about spreading publication over two issues, i.e. May and August 2013.
- for personal early notification of results, please enclose a self-addressed envelope with appropriate UK stamp, or US$ 1, or two International Reply Coupons.
- Copyrights revert to authors after publication in the British Haiku Society journal, Blithe Spirit, but entry for either award signifies agreement to your work being published digitally by the Society or copied for archival purposes (for example, by the British Library or the Poetry Library, London).
Judges for the British Haiku Awards 2012 are as follows:
Haiku: To be announced when the selection process is complete. Haibun: To be announced when the selection process is complete.
Results of last year’s competition
- Results of the British Haiku Awards 2011 (Haiku Section)
- There was no tanka section.
- Results of the British Haiku Awards 2011 (Haibun Section)