You have until Januar 31, 2014 to enter Japan’s only international haibun contest, the Genjuan, named after Basho’s hut near Lake Biwa:


Genjuan is the name of the cottage near Lake Biwa where,in 1690,Basho lived for a time. His residence in this‘Vision-Inhabited Cottage’was probably the happiest period of his life, and it was there that he wrote his most famous short haibun. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage the writing of fine haibunin English and maintain the connection between the traditional Japanese perception of haibun and what is evolving around the world. The judges are hoping that the Contest will continue to receive a warm response from all haibun writers. The award for the Grand Prix remains the same – a good replica of a Hokusai ukiyo-e print – and smaller gifts will be sent to the An (Cottage) Prize-winners. The writers of all the decorated works will receive a certificate of merit. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

Guidelines for 2014

1 Subject:                  Free.

2 Style:                       No restrictions, but special attention must be paid to honour the spirit of haikai.

3 Length:                   In total, between 15 to 40 lines (at one line = 80 spaces; a 3-line haiku counts as 3 lines).

4 Haiku/Title:            At least one haiku (no formal restrictions) should be included and each piece should be given a title, however short.

5 Format:                   Print on one sheet of A4-size paper (and use the reverse if long) and write at the bottom your name (and your pen name, if you have one) together with your address, telephone number, and email address.Your privacy will be strictly protected, and the judges will not see your names until the result has been decided.

6 Deadline:                All entries should reach the following address between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2014. Please send your entries to:Ms. EikoMori, 2-11-23-206 Jokoji, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo-ken 660-0811, Japan.Entries received after this date might not be accepted.Kindly avoid sending by express and using extra-large envelopes. Best write your home address on your envelope, too.

7 Entry Fee:               None.

8 Restrictions:          Entrants can send up to three entries, but two is what we normally expect.They should be unpublished. As we cannot return your entries after screening, please retain your own copies.

9 Questions:             All queries should be sent to the address above or by email to Ms. Mori 2 weeks after sending your entries if you wish to have an acknowledgement of receipt.

10 Judges:                  Nobuyuki Yuasa, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki

11Special Request:    The authors of the decorated works will later be requested to send us their works by email. In this, we expect your cooperation.

12Results:                   The results and the judges’ comments will be sent to all entrants in spring. The prizesand thecertificates of merit will be sent to the winners by early summer.

Source: e-mail from Stephen Gill

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