Firstly, I would like to say Thank You to the 55 haiku writers who sent in a total of 221 haiku between them for me to read on the theme of Unfurling.
Secondly, I would like to say congratulations to the 35 haiku writers who had their haiku selected for publication on Pure Haiku for this theme.
Thirdly, I would like to say sorry to the 20 people who submitted their haiku but who weren’t selected this time. The standard of entries was incredibly high and it was extremely difficult to choose the selected haiku.
And fourthly, I’d like to thank Elisa Ang for painting such an inspirational picture for this theme!
We welcome a whole raft of new faces to Pure Haiku this time: Craig McGeady, Mark Fisher, Laurinda Lind, L. (Elle) Gomez), Jake Aller Cosmos, Daniel Senser, Robert Whelan, Roxanne Werner, Mirela Brailean, Bree Leto, Heather Lange, Daniela Misso, Laurie Rosen, Denise Beck-Clark, Akhila Siva, Eve Castle, Michael Murdoch, Mo Schoenfeld, K.Hartless, Thom Kerr, Jess Tong and Ruth Partridge.
And we welcome some familiar faces also: Dan Brook, Roberta Beach Jacobson, JulesPaige, Linda Imbler, Kerfe Roig, Kim Russell, Radhika Puttige, Dr Lim Keng Huat, Georges De Laberbis, Merril D. Smith, Nancy Brady and Ken Gierke.
And of course we welcome back Tina Stewart Brakebill as our Featured Haiku Writer for Unfurling! Our artist, Elisa Ang, selected Tina’s haiku from an anonymous shortlist of 8. You can read Tina’s haiku in late July and discover why Elisa chose her to be the Featured Haiku Writer.
Haiku posts will start in 2 days time and a haiku will appear every 2 days from 3rd May until 30th July.
Just a quick word regarding the emails I sent out. If you received a Rejection email, that means your haiku didn’t meet the basic requirements to appear on this site. You can check out the most frequent reasons for rejection HERE. If you received a Results email, that meant at least one of your haiku met all the basic requirements, but wasn’t selected simply due to sheer numbers! There were a lot of haiku saying the same or similar thing and I had to make some hard decisions in order to choose the best one. If you received an Acceptance email, that meant I’d selected one of your haiku for publication! And, if I mentioned to you that your haiku had been shortlisted for the Featured Haiku Writer’s slot, that means all 5 of your haiku were outstanding.
I could only choose one haiku per person in the end, as I restrict the amount of haiku I post here in a 3 month period. This is to provide a wide variety of voice, imagery and language. Please DON’T be discouraged if your haiku weren’t selected this time – the competition was extremely tough. And remember, even if you’ve had haiku published here on this site in the past, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get published again straightaway. Find out how I select haiku HERE.
Congratulations to everyone who had their haiku selected! I’m looking forward to our journey through Unfurling. Here’s Elisa Ang’s painting for you all to enjoy once again!