The 25th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest

Organization: ITO EN New Haiku Contest Executive Committee
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Number of poems: 1 to 6
Categories: unpublished haiku
Entry fee: none
Prize: various (check the site)
Address: ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest, 3-7 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan
Website: https://www.itoen.co.jp/new-haiku/en/rules_regulations/index.html

 

The 25th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest - Rules and Regulations

Theme

Contestants may write about any subject they like. The poems do not need to include seasonal references or the other Haiku conventions. Contestants are encouraged to express themselves freely in the 5-7-5 form.

Contestant Divisions And Prizes

Divisions
Japanese Haiku divisions
- Primary school students and younger children
- Junior high school students
- High school students
- Adult category A (younger than age 40)
- Adult category B (age 40 and older)
English Haiku division
- English Haiku (All ages and nationalities)

Prizes
- The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award (One winner from the Japanese divisions): ¥500,000 in prize money; a framed copy of the winning poem; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Special Award (One winner from each of the six divisions,for a total of 6): ¥200,000 in prize money; a framed copy of the winning poem; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Honorable Mention (Seven winners from each of the five Japanese divisions and nine winners from the English division, for a total of 44): ¥50,000 in prize money; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Judges’ Award (Seven winners from the Japanese divisions and two winners from the English division, for a total of 9): ¥30,000 in prize money; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Sponsors’ Award (10 winners from the Japanese divisions and one winner from the English division, for a total of 11): ¥20,000 in prize money; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Regional Award (Five winners from each prefecture in Japan and five winners from overseas, for a total of 240): ¥5,000 in prize money; a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Special Merit Award (1,689 winners from the Japanese divisions): a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Merit Award (5,000 winners regardless of division): inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems. The poems will not be printed on Oi Ocha products;
- Excellent School Award (The Excellent School Award is given to a school from which five or more students win a prize from among those entering in groups.): a set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package (yhe haiku poems composed by winners of the Excellent School Award will be shown on the label with the name of the school on a school-by-school basis); a framed copy of the award; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems;
- Group Award (Awarded to 100 groups with excellent results): a framed copy of the award; inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems. If the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award or the Special Award is won by a primary school or junior high school student, half of the prize money will be given to the winner and the remaining half will be given to the school he/she belongs to.

Application Conditions

Only those poems written by the applicant and not published anywhere else shall be accepted. The poems are to be written by the applicants themselves. Please be advised that the Haiku entries will not be returned.
ITO EN shall hold the copyrights for the announcement and publication of the winning entries.
Awards will be revoked for any poems found to be plagiarized, to have been submitted for other contests or publications, or to closely resemble other poems.

Application Procedures
All applications must be postmarked from Sunday November 3, 2013 to Friday February 28, 2014.
One contestant may submit up to six poems by postcard, A4-sized fax, or the Internet.
Application must include the poems and the name of the entry division. Applicants also must include their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, age, and any Haiku group or club of which they are a member. Students are also asked to include their school names.
When applying with standard postcards, write the poems and entry division on the rear and the other information on the front.

Address

ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest
3-7 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan
FAX
03-3263-5668

Panel Of Judges

Japanese Haiku divisions
- Shimpei Asai, Photographer
- Atsushi Anzai, Haiku poet
- Tota Kaneko, Haiku poet
- Momoko Kuroda, Haiku poet
- Sisyu, Calligrapher
- Toshio Suzuki, Producer at Studio Ghibli
- Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Actress
English Haiku division
- Philip D. Zitowitz, Professor at Meiji University
- Tsunehiko Hoshino, Haiku poet, Vice-president of Haiku International Association

Announcement

1. 2,000 winning entries will be published on the packages of Oi Ocha products.
2. Winning entries will be announced on ITO EN’s website, etc. (Scheduled date: July 7,2014)
3. The results of the judging will be notified by mail or e-mail.(Scheduled for July 2014)
4. The collection of prize-winning poems “Free narrative” is expected to be issued in August 2014.

Organizer

ITO EN New Haiku Contest Executive Committee

Supporting Organizations

- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- Gendai Haiku Association (Gendai Haiku Kyokai)
- Japanese Students Haiku Association
- Haiku International Association (H.I.A)
- NHK Gakuen
- NHK Culture Center
- Asahi Culture Center
- Sankei Gakuen
- Mainichi Bunka Center
- Yomiuri Culture
- Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
- Japan Educational Press Co.,Ltd

Please direct all inquiries to

ITO EN New Haiku Contest Office
3-7 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan
TEL: 03-3264-4050
Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Japan time (except holidays and year-end / New Year holidays)