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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Morioka International Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Results announced November 8. Judges Terry Ann Carter, Michael Dylan Welch and Toru Kiuchi.
Closes: August 15.
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-July early October and posted to the website. Judges are Professor Takeshi Iijima, Noboru Oba, Shuichiro Souma, Joe Maricoji  and Lisa Somers.
Closes: June 1 August 21 (due to Covid-19 disruption to school entries).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website. See the date change announcement here.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
For 5-7-5 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $US105 and publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Winners notified by December. All entries and payment must be made through the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: $US8/haiku (the discount price is for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
Full details from the website.

Kusamakura Haiku Competition
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥30,000. Other prizes totalling ¥15,000. Winners informed by email at the beginning of November. Winning poems will appear on the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanka and haibun. Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31 August 31.
Cost: £14/$US20 per entry (it is possible to pay online).
Full details from the website.

Porad Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Winners will be announced at the annual Seabeck Getaway, now taking place by Zoom from October 29-November 1. Judge is Julie Warther.
Closes: September 20 (postmarked but email entries preferred).
Cost:  $US1/poem.
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.

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 4 haiku. Winners announced December 4. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Closes: September 24.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest
Limit of 2 haiku in the international section. Books, etc as prizes. Please note the copyright restrictions. Winners announced in February. Toru Haga is the judge for the international section.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Competition
Limit 3 haibun. Winners printed in the UHTS newsletter, seedpods.
Submit: September 1-30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Bath Flash Fiction Award
Cash prizes totalling £1460! Pieces to a maximum of 300 words. Winners announced by November 1. Winning works, plus selected others, will appear in an anthology.
Closes: October 11.
Cost: £9/one entry, £15/two entries, £18/three entries (pay online). Reductions for one and two entries until August 16.
Full details from the website. Be sure to read the Rules for the fine details of font, line spacing, etc.

Autumn Moon Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme autumn. 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.
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 the Haiku Poets of Northern California journal, Mariposa.
Closes: In hand October 31.
Cost: $US1/poem.
Full details from the website.