The Katikati Haiku Pathway celebrates its 21st birthday this year. To mark this milestone event, an Open Haiku Competition opens for entries from August 1 to September 17.
Winners will be announced mid-October, during the Katikati Festival of Arts hosted by Katikati Open Air Art.
Although there is only an Open competition this year, this does not rule out schoolchildren entering. In the past there have been good haiku received from students, so they have as good a chance of being in the winners as anyone else.
Kings Seeds have again sponsored cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 for the top three haiku.
There is a book prize for the best local haiku.
A haiku is a three-line form of poetry, generally about nature, and includes one of the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell or touch. They are written in the present tense, and traditionally contain a reference to one of the four seasons, for example daffodils or lambs to indicate spring.
If you would like to learn more, Margaret will be leading a workshop on The Art of Writing Haiku on Saturday, July 24, 10 am to 12 noon at the Arts Junction, 36 Main Road, Katikati. There is a limit of 12 persons. The course is free. Come along with writing material, and suitable shoes to go for a walk to gather inspiration.
If you would like to attend, contact Margaret on 0275897676, or email