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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Competitions

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

NZ Japan School Haiku & Shodo Competition
For Y9-13 students learning Japanese in New Zealand (non-native speakers). Limit one haiku which must be presented as a piece of calligraphy.
Closes: July 28.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Harold G Henderson Award for Haiku
Cash prizes totalling $300 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 5 haiku (HSA members) or $US7/5 haiku otherwise (pay online).
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US225 with winning poems published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 senryu.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 5 senryu (HSA members) or $US7/5 senryu otherwise (pay online).
Full details from the website.

HSA Haibun Contest
Cash prize of $US100 for First with winning haibun published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 3 haibun of no more than 1000 words each. See the website for detailed notes on what is and what is not considered ‘published’.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 3 haibun for HSA members; $US7/3 haibun otherwise.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku and tanka. Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: £12/$US20 per entry.
Full details from the website.

Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Limit of 10 haiku. Results are announced on October 12 to mark the death anniversary of Basho. Please note the entry condition that copyright will remain with the sponsors. Winning haiku appear on the website and in a printed contest anthology. Judge is Hidetake Karawaji.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (opens as a pdf).

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Unless notified, poems will be released on October 1. Winners published in seed pods, the newsletter of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Closes: August 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US105 and publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Winners notified by November 30. All entries and payment must be made through the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: $US6/haiku (discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
For full details see the website.

Kusamakura Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Prizes awarded in more than one category. Awards ceremony in Japan on November 17 with prizewinners notified at the beginning of that month.
Closes: August 31 in hand.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Porad Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175. Winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, October 25-28, and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Judge is Francine Banwarth.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: $US1/haiku (enter and pay online).
Full details from the website.

Mainichi Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Winners in the international section announced in March, 2019.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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