Friday, September 20, 2013

Third Place Win! Diogen Summer Contest for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka & Haiga (2013)

The contest closed on July 31, 2013, so it's been a few months since I sent my tanka entries to the Diogen Pro Culture Magazine, a Switzerland-based magazine. I was wondering what happened since the organizers haven't gotten in touch. I was pleasantly surprised to find in their site that my tanka won third prize! Pasting the e-copy of my certificate here:

Granted by the Diogen Pro Culture Magazine

Theme: SUMMER IN THE TOWN

Write about a town, its neighborhood, bridges, rivers, towers, churches, mosques, cathedrals, parks and the sky above.  How do you see yourself among glass skyscrapers?  Has the urban way of life become a natural way of life in the 21st century?  Statistics say, six thousand years after the foundation of the first town, for the first time more people live in more urban areas than rural ones.  Think of Bashō – if he just could wander around today's Tokyo, Jerusalem, Sarajevo, Zagreb or London; think of Thoreau (Walden) and his return to nature by the middle of the nineteenth century, for he was burdened with the too quick changes in the way of living brought on by the industrial revolution.

We want you to write haiku, senryu, haiga and tanka and send them from all the continents, so that way we exchange and share, put onto paper (internet) our experiences and a portrait of our planet in the second decade of the twenty first century.  And please do not forget, haiku is a way of living and connecting with our (urban) environment.
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