The Shiki Monthly Kukai

March 2011 Shiki Monthly Kukai

Call for Submissions!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Shiki Monthly Kukai!

Please find below the topics for the March 2011 edition.

Submission deadline -- Noon, EST, (UTC-4) Saturday, March 12.

Voting deadline -- Noon, EST, (UTC-4) Saturday, March 19.

Results will be posted no later than the following Friday, March 25.

Participants may submit an entry for one or both sections of the kukai. Please do NOT enter any haiku previously published, work-shopped or shared. The haiku entries remain anonymous until results are posted.

Your haiku entries should remain anonymous until we post the results.

Participants may vote in both sections of the kukai so long as they have submitted an entry to at least one section of the kukai.


1) Address all Kukai correspondence to: st-kukai@haikuworld.org

2) PLEASE use the exact subject "KIGO ENTRY" or "FREE FORMAT ENTRY" for the subject line of each submission.

3) Please sign your entries. The name you use to sign your haiku will be the name listed when the vote tallies are revealed and in the archives.

Please sign with the name you wish to be known by. We have several poets with the same first name. Please help us avoid confusion by not using a common first name as your only signature.

4) Please align your poem to the left margin. "Concrete" or "visual" haiku do not present well in an email format. Plain text, tied-to-the-left ensures that your haiku may be judged on content. One line, two, three, even four line haiku are accepted though final formatting on the web version may change line lengths. We can denote correct formatting with an (*) explanation.

5) Please send each entry separately.

Further guidelines are available on our website:



The KIGO SECTION requires haiku using the designated seasonal subject or keyword used with seasonal reference. Our kigo subject for March 2011 is Signs of Spring.

According to Bill Higginson in Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, the kigo "Signs of Spring...should not be used together with other already identified early spring seasonal topics, but--should be paired with an otherwise nonseasonal image that takes on a special resonance in early spring. Also: summoning spring...)" pg. 44

Signs of Spring must be strongly imaged in all accepted haiku.

To: st-kukai@haikuworld.org
Subject: Kigo Entry

sunset clouds
. . . i didn't despair
of spring



The FREE FORMAT SECTION requires a haiku on a particular object, theme, or setting that may occur at any time within a given year. This is a free format haiku, in that the writer can compose and include a season word or submit a poem without seasonal reference.

Our free format theme for March 2011 is Crow(s).

To: st-kukai@haikuworld.org
Subject: Free Format Entry

lifting mist
one by one the crows
take flight


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

If this is your first time, please feel free to browse the archives and see how the competition works.


If you have any questions, write to us at st-kukai@haikuworld.org

We, as kukai secretaries, reserve the right to withdraw any submission when deemed necessary.

Thank you!

The Shiki Kukai Team

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