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For the Autumn 2018 issue we are open for submissions in the Traditional Haiga and the Challenge features:

Traditional Haiga: Our "Haiku this Haiga" section returns with a painting of night bloominng cereus by resident artist Mary E. Rodning. You'll find it in this issue's Traditional Haiga page. Email your haiku to me at the following address with "Haiku this Haiga" as your subject heading.

The deadline is for submission is 1 December 2018.

paplinda [at] yahoo [dot] com


Haiga Challenge: Our theme for the next challenge will be Fire. Using fire and controlling it have been part of our history since before we were modern humans. A quick search through the World Kigo Database and other saijikis for terms such as "fire" or "burn" will give you a list fire-related kigo and topics in all seasons and categories: cooking and heating fires, agricultural burns, wildfires, celebrations from birthday candles to fireworks displays, or mythical or religious associations.

True, we did a related theme—"Banked Fire"—for Issue 8/2 (2007), but it was more loosely applied and my thinking at the time was more in terms of season than topic.This time I'd really like to explore fire in depth. It is a huge topic and you can take it many places. Create a haiga that relates to the theme. Your text may be haiku, tanka, or any haiku-related short form. For the image, we'd love to have a wide range of traditional ink brush paintings, western style drawings or paintings, digital and iPad app art, and photographs.

Files should be in jpeg form, in a size no larger than 600 px wide or high, and 72 pixels/inch in resolution. Other sizes and resolutions may be reoptimized by the editor. Email your haiga to me at the following address with 'Fire Challenge' as your subject heading.

The deadline is 15 December 2018.

paplinda [at] yahoo [dot] com