V PIHC 2015 – results

5th Polish International Haiku Competition 2015

(book prizes and diplomas):


a dandelion
in the window box
I dare not breathe

Stanka Boneva
Varna, Bulgaria


broken glass
some of the shards

Quendryth Young
Alstonville, Australia


a puppy
licking the moonlight
off its paws

Marinko Kovačević
Praputnjak, Croatia

(in alphabetical order by haiku):

a housewife sweeps up
the aroma of spring…
glow of cherry blooms

Keith Simmonds
Rodez, France


Between one raindrop
And just the following one—
It is not raining

Alina Kizierowska
Borówiec, Poland


fourth anniversary—
only the wind sweeps the leaves
from the grave

Robert Kania
Warsaw, Poland


harbour light show—
a little boy points out
the half-moon

Owen Bullock
Canberra, Australia


hidden deep
beneath the morning glory
hero’s name

Vasile Moldovan
Bucharest, Romania


no stars tonight—
my daughter brings me
a jar of fireflies

Engin Gülez
Ankara, Turkey


only the wind whistling
from time to time—
abandoned train station

Daniela Lacramioara Capotă
Galati, Romania


still lake
out of the blue
a water lily

Sergiu Vlad
Botosani, Romania


summer vacation
even the sun jumps
into the ocean

Sneha Sundaram
Jersey City, United States


yellow blossoms
fall into a street
of yellow blossoms

Rob Woods
Darwin, Australia



Congratulations to the winners and commended haiku poets on your superb poems!

The book prizes for the winners are the following bilingual (Polish-English) collections of poems by Wisława Szymborska: Tutaj/Here (1st Prize), Wystarczy/Enough (2nd Prize), Chwila/Moment (3rd Prize).

The fifth edition of the Polish International Haiku Competition has gathered 336 authors from 41 countries: Argentina (2), Australia (22), Bangladesh (2), Belgium (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Bulgaria (11), Canada (7), Croatia (17), Denmark (1), Finland (1), France (5), Germany (7), Ghana (5), Greece (2), Hungary (1), India (21), Indonesia (2), Iran (2), Ireland (1), Israel (1), Italy (5), Japan (4), Lithuania (7), Macedonia (1), Montenegro (1), New Zealand (10), Nigeria (1), Philippines (2), Poland (92), Romania (13), Russia (4), Serbia (11), Slovenia (4), Sweden (1), Switzerland (3), Tunisia (1), Turkey (1), Ukraine (1), United Kingdom (14), United States (47), Zambia (1).
We thank you all for such a large interest!

The organizers would like to express their gratitude to Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda for all the help, support and time devoted to the competition.
The haiku which were not mentioned in the above results can be reused by their authors in any way.
The Polish translation of all the poems (unless otherwise stated) and comments — Rafał Zabratyński.

With kind regards — The Team:

Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda, Final Judge
Rafał Zabratyński, Pre-Selector
Krzysztof Kokot, Originator