Who we are

We are …

… An association founded in 1988, which unites committed people of different professions and ages. We deal with various forms of Japanese poetry from haiku to tanka to renku and the increasingly popular haibun and haiga. The focus of interest, however, is the haiku, a centuries-old form known today worldwide.

We want …

... research the haiku and transfer its poetic character from the Japanese tradition to our cultural and living space, locate and maintain it as an independent poem form in German-language poetry.

We offer …

… Contacts, expert advice, events, meetings, competitions, opportunities for publication in the company's quarterly publication, on our website or in the form of member anthologies in book form.

Anyone can become a member of the DHG who actively supports this form of poetry and its dissemination or who simply wants to be passively inspired by the articles printed in the SOMMERGRAS magazine. Every cooperation - whether article, haiku, haibun etc. or critical or praising letter to the editor - is welcome so that the editorial staff is always up to date.
Membership is supported by the society with the annual fee, normally € 45 (€ 55 abroad), which includes the subscription to the quarterly magazine SOMMERGRAS. The price for the annual subscription to the magazine without membership is also 45 euros and 55 euros for shipping outside of Germany.

A board of directors is elected by the general assembly every two years. The members of the Executive Board perform different tasks, which also include members who are not on the Executive Board.

Registered and logged-in members can view the individual personal profiles of the responsible members named via the following links:

»The members of the board: Tony Böhle, Horst-Oliver Buchholz, Petra Klingl, Eleonore Nickolay, Peter Rudolf, Klaus-Dieter Wirth, Stefan Wolfschütz

»Editorial summer grass (Eleonore Nickolay, Horst-Oliver Buchholz, Thomas Schwiermann)

»Online editing (Claudia Brefeld, Stefan Wolfschütz)

»Haiku and tank selection (HTA) (Eleonore Nickolay, Peter Rudolf, Silvia Kempen)

»Member support (Petra Klingl)

»Haiku and Haiga mentoring (Claudia Brefeld)

New version of the articles of association of the German Haiku Society eV Approved at the general meeting on May 4, 2019

§ 1 name and registered office

1. The association bears the name "Deutsche Haiku-Gesellschaft eV"
2. It is based in Hamburg. The place of jurisdiction is Hamburg. The association is to be entered in the Hamburg Register of Associations.
3. The fiscal year is the calendar year.

§ 2 purpose

The association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes in the sense of the section “Non-profit purposes” according to § 52 Paragraph 2 No. 5 of the Tax Code.

1. The special concern of the association is the promotion and maintenance of haiku and related forms in the German-speaking area.
2. He intends to work with literary scholars and authors. The purposes of the articles of association are realized through regular information leaflets for the members united in society, through offers and possibilities of cooperation in the form of regional, national and worldwide correspondence mediation, through scientific and literary cooperation at regional and national conferences as well as international meetings.
3. The association is selflessly active; it does not primarily pursue commercial purposes. Funds from the association may only be used for statutory purposes. No person may benefit from expenses that are alien to the purpose of the company or from disproportionately high remuneration.

§ 3 membership

Every legal and natural person of legal age can become a member of society, regardless of their nationality. The board decides on the application for membership. If the application is rejected, the board is not obliged to give its reasons. Honorary members are appointed by decision of the general assembly.

§ 4 Membership ends with death, declaration of resignation or exclusion

The declaration of resignation is made in writing to the Executive Board at the latest one month before the end of the calendar year.
The board decides on the exclusion. It is pronounced by a three-quarters majority.

Reasons for exclusion:

A gross violation of the interests of the association, discrimination against a member, discrimination or aggravation of work within or outside society, arrears after two reminders.
An objection can be raised against an exclusion. The next general assembly will decide on this.

§ 5 contributions

An annual fee is charged from each member, payable by March 01.03st. of a calendar year. The general meeting decides on the determination of the amount of the annual fee. Members can be exempted from the annual fee by decision of the board.

§ 6 Association organs

Organs of society are
a) the general assembly
b) the board

§ 7 General meeting

The general meetings are convened by the board. A general meeting must take place every two years.
An extraordinary general meeting can be called by the board or by at least twelve members stating the reason and will then take place within the next six months.
The general meeting must be called in writing, stating the agenda, with a notice period of four weeks. The period begins on the day following the sending of the invitation letter. A properly convened general assembly is fully quorate.
Members can authorize another member in writing to vote on their behalf. Each member may only have a maximum of 5 votes including their own vote. All votes must be voted equally.
The general assembly decides on the contributions, the election and discharge of the board, changes to the articles of association as well as any proposals. Applications for the general assembly must be submitted to the board eight days before the assembly. This does not apply to amendments to the articles of association. These require 2/3 of the votes of the members present and must be made so early that they can be announced to the members with the agenda. The general assembly decides on motions by a simple majority, unless the statutes provide otherwise.
Each general meeting elects two auditors. You may not belong to the board. Reelection is permitted.
A record must be made of the resolutions of the general assembly and, if necessary to understand how they came about, of the essential course of the negotiation. It is signed by the chairman of the meeting and the secretary.

§ 8 Board

1. The board consists of at least three and a maximum of nine people. A member of the Executive Board is charged with managing the cash register. The board of directors is elected by the general assembly. The board members can be elected by block elections.
The board is elected for two years. He runs the business on a voluntary basis. Reelection is permitted.
2. The board can set up committees and appoints their chair.
3. The association is jointly represented by two board members.

§ 9 minutes

Minutes are to be prepared for board meetings.

§ 10 dissolution

The dissolution of the company can only be decided in a special, extraordinary general meeting to be called for this purpose with one month's notice. The meeting also decides on the type of liquidation. If the association is dissolved or abolished, its assets will fall to the general German literature archive in Marbach (Schillerhöhe 8 in 71672 Marbach am Neckar).

Traben Trarbach, May 4, 2019

A selection of submitted haiku and tanka appears in every issue of Sommergras magazine. Participation is not restricted to members of the DHG. Each author can submit up to 6 own submissions - Haiku (max. 3) and Tanka (max. 3) in German (also in other languages, then with German translation).
  • Each member of the DHG has the option of naming a haiku or tanka, which should be published on a member's page if the jury disregards it.
  • The haiku and tanka of the jury selection will be published in the order of the points scored.
  • The jury consists of three judges who evaluate the anonymized entries.
  • The members of the selection group do not submit their own texts. Only previously unpublished works can be submitted (also applies to publications in blogs, forums and workshops etc.).
  • The selection will be presented online at the beginning of March, June, September and December, as well as included in the quarterly DHG magazine SOMMERGRAS.
  • A maximum of three works by each author per selection will be published.
  • With the submission, the author declares that the texts come from himself. All rights remain with the authors. The three-member jury is made up of alternating DHG members.
  • Petra Klingl is in charge. Please submit your contributions via »this online form by mail to: Petra Klingl, Wansdorfer Steg 17, 13587 Berlin

»Submit Haiku or Tanka online

  • Quarterly free subscription to our club magazine “SOMMERGRAS”
  • Own member page on the Internet including a haiku diary.
  • Presentation of one's own work on the DHG website
  • Contact with like-minded people in your own region
  • Exchange among like-minded people
  • General meeting every 2 years
  • and much more …

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