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|Haiga - An Introduction|
Submissions may include all styles of haiga from traditional brushwork to photographic and computer generated art, or other mixed mediums, but the haiku or tanka must adhere to the traditional s/l/s (s/l/s/l/l) metric schemata indigenous to haiku (tanka).
Haiga Submission Guidelines:
1. Submit no less than 10, previously unpublished, haiga.
2. Haiku or tanka words in English only (please use a clear, readable font) as well as the author’s name must be embedded in the haiga image. Do not include the name of the artist or photographer in the haiga image.
3. Images should be in JPEG format (600 x 800 pixels, 72dpi).
4. Title your haiga as your name_your surname_haiga1.jpg, etc.(for example: mary_craig_haiga1.jpg).
5. Submit your short, five line bio with a photo, as well as signifying your agreement to the conditions of acceptance using this haiga submission form.
For further instructions consult the submission guidelines.
Please also read:
What we are looking for in a haiga
Haiga is haiku painting. Hai refers to the poem or haiku and ga means painting. The form originated in seventeenth-century Japan and was used to decorate scrolls, albums, screens, and fans. You always find three elements in haiga: an ink-brush or watercolor painting, a poem or poems, and calligraphy. The form is characterized by a fresh and spontaneous rendering of ordinary, everyday life--very much in the haiku spirit--as well as by simple subjects, loose and fluid brushstrokes, and plenty of white space. It is usually very sketch-like with spare images expressed with just a few lines, little detail, and one or two colors for added visual interest.
Excerpted from Berries and Cream: Contemporary Haiga in North America, An Interview with Jeanne Emrich by Michael Dylan Welch. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2000.
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Traditionally this is a painting executed in the haikai spirit. Often it is in a spontaneous, rough, and abstract style. To it is added or juxtaposed a hokku [Japanese "opening verse" for a linked poem] or an independent poem, a haiku. Less commonly a poem that is not in such a form can be used.
Thanks to the poets Patricia J. Machmiller and Beverly Acuff Momoi
J. Zimmerman, reprinted from http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/haiga.htm.