5th EDITION OF SANTOKA INTERNATIONAL HAIKU CONTEST

It is a great honour to announce that we received 213 submissions from 42 countries for the 5th Santoka International Haiku Contest. Thanks to the participants.

HAIKU – WATER

1st PLACE

HIFSA ASHRAF, PAKISTAN

Kofa sa vodom
Mali beskućnik meša
nestajuće sazvežđe

drinking water bucket
a homeless child stirs
the fading constellation

水のバケツ
消える星座を混ぜる
家なき子

 

2nd PLACE

DARIYA GEORGIEVA, BULGARIA

Odraz
Jezero zaboravlja
kako zavoleti

reflection
the lake forgets
how to fall in love

反射
恋に落ちる仕方
湖が忘れる

 

3rd PLACE

DAVID McMURRAY, JAPAN

Ledeni vetar
Ratno siroče ređa
prazne flaše vode

biting wind –
the warchild lines up empty water bottles

激しい風
水のないボトルを並べた
戦災孤児

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MILE LISICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Kiša je stala
Bosonogi dečaci
preskaču nebo

the rain has stopped
barefoot boys
are jumping over the sky

雨が止んだ
空を飛び越える
裸足の男子

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

SOVJETA GRUBEŠIĆ, SERBIA

Na jednom dlanu
kiša Na drugom raste
tišina

rain on one palm
– silence grows on
the other

– 方の手に雨
他の手のひらに
沈黙

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

KALA RAMESH, INDIA

Beleške teku
peščanim koritom reke
Sećanje vode

notes trickle
down a riverbed of sand…
the memory of water

メモは
砂の川床を流れる
水の記憶

 

We would like to thank all the authors of this year’s Santoka Contest for their participation in the hope that they will join us again next year and help us promote authentic Japanese art forms, haiku and haiga. Stay safe!

Yours faithfully:

Damir Damir
Translation into Serbian by – Aleksandar Vasić
Translation into Japanese by – Margareta Samoran
Prepress – Marija G. Gray