sunny afternoon
a shadow
on the mammogram
Suraja Roychowdhury, United States


The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is an open competition for previously unpublished haiku written in the English language. The award is for haiku regardless of whether in the traditional or modern style; it transcends haiku divisions and is based only on literary merit.

The award was founded by His Excellency Dr Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan (2005-2010), then Ambassador to Brazil, and Dr Joseph Haldane, President of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). It is judged by Dr Štambuk, and is organised by IAFOR and The Asian Conference on Literature (LibrAsia), with the kind support of the Haiku International Association (HIA), the World Haiku Association (WHA) and The Haiku Foundation. In addition, a special selection will be made on the theme of “history, story, narrative” by this year’s Guest Judge, award-winning poet Susan Burch.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced at The Asian Conference on Literature 2017, to be held from Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The 2016 Grand Prize Winner, Suraja Roychowdhury of the United States, was announced by Dr A. Robert Lee at The Sixth Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship and Archival Science 2016, held from Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10. The Grand Prize winning entry was also the 1st Choice of Guest Judge Alan Summers, who made a selection on the conference theme of ‘justice’.

View and download the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016 Anthology.

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