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haiku/senryu writing competition

Article by Kate Dempsey © 2 March 2019.
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To celebrate Poetry Day in Ireland, Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Beara, West Cork, Ireland (www.anamcararetreat.com), is organising and sponsoring a haiku/senryu writing competition. We are looking forward to your joining the celebration with your entry.

Please submit up to three previously unpublished and original haiku (nature based) and/or senryu (human nature based) to Poetry Day Competition at anamcararetreat@gmail.com. The Subject Line must read ‘Poetry Day Competition’. Please include contact details only on your cover email; each entry should be submitted in a Word doc or PDF with no identifying information and the contact info either in the body of the email or in a separate document.

First Prize: A week’s all-inclusive retreat at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat

Runners Up: A collection of haiku/senryu books published by Alba Publishing

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Winners Announced: 2 May 2019

Judges:  Maeve O’Sullivan and Kim Richardson

You may find the following resources, and guidelines for writing haiku, of interest:




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KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.