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第二十九回伊藤園お〜いお茶新俳句大賞 The 29th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest

Application period Until February 28, 2018

Theme

There is no theme. Just express your own feelings and thoughts in a 3-line poem in English.

Contestant division And Prizes(English Haiku division)

Division

English Haiku division
  • English Haiku (All ages and nationalities)

Prizes

Grand AwardOne winner from the English division
  • ¥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
Award for excellence9 winners from the English division
  • ¥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' Award2 winners from the English division
  • ¥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' AwardOne winner from the English division
  • ¥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
Merit Award5,000 winners regardless of division
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
  • ※The entries receiving merit award will not appear on Oi Ocha packaging.
  • Winners of the `Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award` and the `Grand Award` will be presented with a framed copy of their winning poem.
  • 2,000 awarded poems are published in the package!
  • Winningworks collection “Free narrative” (photos from 28th edition)

Application Procedures

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.

Internet Apply here

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

All applications must be arrived from November 3,
2017 to February 28,2018

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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.
  • An applicant can submit a total of maximum 6 poems, both English and Japanese combined.
  • Please be advised that the Haiku entries will not be returned.
  • ITO EN shall hold the copyrights, including secondary use, for the announcement and publication of prize 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.
  • ※Applicants must apply using their real name. (No pen names allowed)
  • ※After making your application, please do not release your submitted poems until the results are announced in July.

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 AsaiPhotographer

  • Atsushi AnzaiHaiku poet

  • Seiko ItoWriter, Creator

  • Tota KanekoHaiku poet

  • Hideho KindaichiJapanese linguist

  • Momoko KurodaHaiku poet

  • Miyuki MiyabeWriter

  • Kaori MurajiGuitarist

  • Kazuko YoshiyukiActress

English Haiku division

  • Adrian PinningtonResearcher in Japanese Classical Literature

  • Tsunehiko HoshinoHaiku poet

Announcement

  • Winning entries will be announced on ITO EN's website, etc. (Scheduled date: July 7,2018)
  • The results of the judging will be notified by mail or e-mail.(Scheduled for July 2018)
  • 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 2018.

Please 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 Organization

  • 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 Travel and Tourism Assosciation・Japan Educational Press Co.,Ltd