Grand Prize Winner

among the debris
the cell phone screen
lights up
Manos Kounougakis, Greece

Guest Judge 1st Choice:
“History, Story, Narrative”

still amazed
I found her
John Hawk, USA

The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is an open competition for previously unpublished haiku written in the English language.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, Chairman 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.

Submissions closed on March 1, 2017, and winners were announced by Professor Myles Chilton at The Asian Conference on Literature 2017, held from Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2, 2017. In addition to the main competition, a special selection was be made on the theme of “History, Story, Narrative” by this year’s Guest Judge, award-winning poet Susan Burch. The full list of winners is available here.

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

Submissions for the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2018 will open on October 1, 2017.

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