RESOBOX is holding its very first Haiku contest in partnership with Haiku artist Natalia L. Rudychev! Please submit your own Haikus for a chance to be a part of the upcoming Haiku exhibition, “Poetry of Nature.”
Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following quote by Lafcadio Hearn (from an essay “Bits of Poetry” that appeared in Hearn’s book In Ghostly Japan, 1899)
The common art principle of the class of poems under present consideration is identical with the common principle of Japanese pictorial illustration. By the use of a few chosen words the composer of a short poem endeavors to do exactly what a painter endeavors to do with a few strokes of the brush — to evoke an image or a mood — to revive a sensation or emotion. And the accomplishment of this purpose — by poet or by picture maker — depends altogether upon capacity to suggest, and only suggest. […] a poet would be condemned for attempting any completeness of utterance in a very short poem: his object should be only to stir the imagination without satisfying it.
Send us your best creations. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work by the author, and should not be under consideration or publication elsewhere. Appearance of a haiku in any social media renders it ineligible.
- Youth Devision (ages 5-15)
- Adult Devision (ages 16+)
Form: 3 haiku per entrant
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and three Honorable Mentions
Prizes: Certificate of Recognition, Books on Haiku, Public Display at RESOBOX LIC during the event.
Judge: Natalia L. Rudychev (http://www.thepoetryofbreath.com/1.html)
*Email submissions only*
Please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Subject line: RESOBOX International Haiku Contest + Age of the Author
Include: Full name, postal address, email, phone number
Three haiku per entrant, there are no rules to syllable count, between one and four lines written in the spirit of the theme quote above.
Submission period: June 19 – July 24, 2019
About the Judge
Natalia L. Rudychev
Natalia L Rudychev is a recipient of Kusamakura Taisho, First Place Robert Spiess, First Place San Francisco International Haiku Contest, Museum of Haiku Literature and Sakura Awards to name just a few. Natalia was granted the title of Master Haiga Artist by the World Haiku Association. Her book of haiku Simple Gifts was Shortlisted by the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. Natalia popularized haiku through conference presentations, public lectures and performances in USA, Japan and Russia. She published articles on the theory and practice of haiku in UK and USA. Natalia's essay Co-creation: The Case of Haiku in the West is included into the British Haiku Society anthology A Silver Tapestry. Natalia is an active member of Haiku Society of America, British Haiku Society, World Haiku Association, Haiku International and have worked with Nick Virgilio Haiku Association for the opening of their Writer's House. She collaborated with composers, choreographers and artists to create interdisciplinary haiku projects. Natalia is a member of The Photo Group in New York. Her haiga is in private and public collections and archives spinning the globe. She has won several international photography awards. Natalia's journey in haiku was covered by TV programs and press in USA and Japan.