The 27th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest Rules and RegulationsThe 27th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest Rules and Regulations

Let words depict the landscape of our minds.Let words depict the landscape of our minds.

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.

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Contestant Divisions And PrizesContestant 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
  • Award certificate
Special Award
(One winner from each of the 6 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
  • Award certificate
Honorable Mention
(7 winners from each of the five Japanese divisions and 9 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
  • Award certificate
Judges' Award
(9 winners from the Japanese divisions and 2 winners from the English division, for a total of 11)
  • \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
  • Award certificate
Sponsors' Award
(9 winners from the Japanese divisions and one winner from the English division, for a total of 10)
  • \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
  • Award certificate
Regional Award
(5 winners from each prefecture in Japan and 5 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
  • Award certificate
Special Merit Award
(1,688 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
  • Award certificate
Merit Award
(5,000 winners regardless of division)
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
Excellent School Award
(The Excellent School Award is given to a school from which 5 or more students win a prize from among those entering in groups.)
  • A set of Oi Ocha products with the winning a prize name of school on the package.
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
Group Award
(Awarded to 100 groups with excellent results.)
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
  • 2,000 awarded poems are
    published in the package!

  • Winning works collection "Free narrative"
    (photos from 27th edition)

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Application Procedures

All applications must be postmarked from Thursday November 3,2016 to Tuesday February 28,2017.

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.

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Address for Application

Postcard
ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest
3-23 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan
FAX
+81(3)3263-5668
Apply Here

※Personal information submitted with the entry will be used for the purposes of the New Haiku Contest. The information will be handled carefully in accordance with our company’s privacy policy and appropriate safety and management measures will be taken.

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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.

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Panel of Judges

The judging panel for the ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest will consist of 11 judges from various fields of art, including haiku, photography, literature, music and theater.
The judges will seek works that demonstrate free and fresh aesthetics as well as beautiful expressions.

Japanese Haiku divisions

  • Shimpei Asai, Photographer
    Shimpei Asai, Photographer
  • Atsushi Anzai, Haiku poet
    Atsushi Anzai, Haiku poet
  • Seiko Ito, Writer, Creator
    Seiko Ito, Writer, Creator
  • Tota Kaneko, Haiku poet
    Tota Kaneko, Haiku poet
  • Hideho Kindaichi, Japanese linguist
    Hideho Kindaichi, Japanese linguist
  • Hideho Kindaichi, Japanese linguist
    Momoko Kuroda, Haiku poet
  • Miyuki Miyabe, Writer
    Miyuki Miyabe, Writer
  • Kaori Muraji, Guitarist
    Kaori Muraji, Guitarist
  • Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Actress
    Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Actress

English Haiku division

  • Adrian Pinnington, Researcher in Japanese Classical Literature
    Adrian Pinnington, Researcher in Japanese Classical Literature
  • Tsunehiko Hoshino, Haiku poet
    Tsunehiko Hoshino, Haiku poet

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Announcement

  • Winning entries will be announced on ITO EN's website, etc. (Scheduled date: July 7,2017)
  • The results of the judging will be notified by mail or e-mail.(Scheduled for July 2017)
  • 2,000 winning entries will be published on the packages of Oi Ocha products.
  • The collection of prize-winning poems "Free narrative" is expected to be issued in August 2017.

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Please direct all inquiries toPlease direct all inquiries to

ITO EN New Haiku Contest Office
3-23 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan
TEL: +81(3)3264-4050
Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Japan time (except holidays and year-end / New Year holidays)

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・Mainichi Bunka Center・Yomiuri Culture・Japan Educational Exchanges and Services・Japan Educational Press Co.,Ltd

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