Contests, Publications & Groups

Here you’ll find details of haiku competitions you can enter, publications you can submit to around the world, and groups you may join or reach out to when travelling.

Competitions (see below)

Publications to submit to  – haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, haiga (click on the link)

Groups – contact details for haiku groups both within New Zealand and around the world (click on the link).

Learning to Write Haiku : NZPS member Katherine Raine has compiled a brilliant 47-page booklet for those teaching and wanting to teach haiku (includes lesson plans and commentary on exemplar haiku). Click on the link to download a free pdf.

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San Francisco International Competition
Haiku, senryu and tanka. Cash prizes totalling $US175 in the haiku contest; $US100 in the other categories. Results announced in January and winning poems published in the Haiku Poets of Northern California journal, Mariposa.
Closes: In hand October 31.
Cost: $US1/poem.
Full details from the website.

Autumn Moon Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of the full autumn moon. The haiku must be your original work and unpublished. If the haiku is not written in English, the entry must also include an English translation. The contest is now sponsored by the new Autumn Moon Haiku Journal (website still under construction).
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
Email entries to Bruce Ross with the subject line “autumn moon haiku”.

World Haiku Competition
Cash prizes totalling $US400 for haiku on the theme ‘things that fly’. Winners posted to the Lyrical Passion website.
Closes: November 1.
Cost: $US3/haiku or 5 haiku for $US10 (pay through the website).
Full details from the website.

Moonbathing Tanka Contest
Limit 1 unpublished tanka on the subject of “moonbathing”, however you interpret that to be. The winner will receive a year’s subscription to Moonbathing tanka journal.
Closes: November 15.
Cost: Free.
Send entries/queries to Pamela Babusci with the subject line ‘tanka contest’.

Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest
Prizes of ‘goods’. Limit 1 haiku per photo (12 photos). Judge is David McMurray. Results announced in late January with a prizegiving in Matsuyama on February 3.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website, including an online entry form.

Irish Haiku Society Competition
Cash prizes totalling €230, plus 7 highly commended awards. Winners announced in January. Judge is Anatoly Kudryavitsky.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: €3/£2.50/$US4/¥500 per haiku; €20/£15/$US25/¥3000 per 7 haiku.
Full details from the website.

The Heron’s Nest Illustration Contest
For art to be used in the annual print edition – cover, four seasons (section markers), overview and readers’ choice awards.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Samurai Haibun Competition
The theme is “the strength or power of nature (including human nature)”, whatever it may be to you. Entries need not contain a direct kigo.
Closes: December 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.