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.

Haiku Checklist : Katherine Raine, the NZPS International Haiku Contest judge for 2018, has prepared a short checklist to ensure that what you’re calling a haiku is, as far as possible, actually a haiku. Useful for anyone new to the form or teaching themselves.

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Competitions

Please remember to check all details – we do our best to ensure accuracy but the responsibility is yours.

Society of Classical Poets Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku in the 5-7-5 format. Poems must contain a seasonal word. One cash prize of $US100. Enter in the Comments section of the website.
Closes: August 28.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $US150 and publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Winners notified by December. All entries and payment through the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: $US30 (discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
Full details from the website.

Kusamakura Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥30,000. One prize of ¥10,000, and eight prizes of ¥5000 each, plus 20 other prizes. Winners informed by email at the beginning of November. Winning poems will appear on the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
Limit 2 entries. One grand prize and two distinguished work prizes in each division (Division 1b is for non-Japanese entrants). Winners announced mid-October and posted to the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (opens as a pdf).

Trailblazer Contest
Limit 1 poem in each of the two categories – tanka/kyoka and haiku/senryu (includes multi-ku / woven poems on a single theme but not sequences that link and shift). No winners as such, but a list of selected poems with commentaries and interviews and gradual release as an online anthology. Results in early 2022.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Sōka Matsubara International Haiku Competition
Limit 1 haiku. Results published on the website about the beginning of February. Judges are David Burleigh and Hasegawa Kai.
Closes: September 17.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website. The entry form link is at the top right.

Katikati Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $NZ350, with a book prize for the best local haiku. Prize money will be transferred via PayPal for overseas winners. Results by mid-October. Judge is Sandra Simpson.
Closes: September 19.
Cost: Free.
Full details from this website.

Porad Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Winners will be announced at the annual Seabeck Getaway, October 28-31. Judge is Susan Antolin.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: Free this year, but donations welcomed.
Full details from the website.

Fujisan Tanka Contest
Limit 1 tanka on the theme of Mt Fuji. Winners announced in December.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (scroll down the page).

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Winners announced December 3. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Closes: September 24.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Morioka International Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Results announced December 26. Judges are Michael Dylan Welch and Toru Kiuchi. Winning poems published on the website.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website

UHTS Samurai Haibun Competition
Limit 3 haibun on the theme ‘the strength or power of nature (including human nature)’.
Submit: September 1-30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Autumn Moon Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme autumn.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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 Mariposa, the Haiku Poets of Northern California journal.
Closes: In hand October 31 (email entry only).
Cost: $US1/poem.
Full details from the website.

Akita International Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme: Mystery/depth. Results announced in December and winners published in Serow 5.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.