Had some pretty great news late last night – an email came through just as I was going to bed to say that one of my haiku will be included in The Haiku Calendar 2016, published by Snapshot Press.
Since 1999, Snapshot – an independent publisher specialising in English-language haiku, tanka and other short poetry – have run an annual competition to find 52 haiku to publish in their Haiku Calendar. Edited by John Barlow, each calender features haiku poets from around the world, and intends to explore and celebrate the relevance of kigo (a word or phrase associated with a particular season) in English-language haiku.
My haiku, inspired by the abandoned churchyard at Llandeilo Tal Y Bont (pictured), will appear in the month of September, which by a pleasing coincidence is the month of my birthday. Although there's still 8 months of 2015 to get through, you can pre-order your copy of the 2016 calendar now (with free delivery) for just £7.99 (UK), €14.00 (Europe) or £12.00/US$20 (Rest of the World).
Read the full competition results and adjudicator's report here: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results/thcc2015results.pdf