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.

Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest 
For women only, including non-binary and transgender. Limit 2 haiku. Winners will appear in the July issue of #FemkuMag e-zine.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems (8-24 poems). Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: £14/$US20 per entry (pay online).
Full details from the website.

Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Results announced on October 12 to mark the death anniversary of Basho. Please note the entry condition that copyright will remain with the sponsors is not mentioned this year.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (right-hand side of the page).

Harold G Henderson Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US450 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US350 with winning poems published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. Limit 5 senryu.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website.

HSA Haibun Award
Cash prizes totalling $US450 with winning haibun published in Frogpond and on the HSA 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: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website

Kusamakura Haiku Competition
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥50,000. Other prizes of ¥5000 each, plus one winner will receive a “commemorative gift”. Winners informed by email at the beginning of November with an awards ceremony on November 16. Winning poems will appear on the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Morioka International Haiku Contest
Results announced November 20. Judges Michael Dylan Welch and Toru Kiuchi.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Porad Haiku Award
Limit 5 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $US175 and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Winners will be announced at the annual Seabeck Getaway, October 27-30. Judge is Lenard D Moore.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: $US5/5 haiku.
Full details from the website.

Fujisan Tanka Contest
Limit 1 tanka on the theme of Mt Fuji. Winners announced in December. Fourth year of Reiwa is 2022.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 2 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.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
Two sections for 5-7-5 haiku this year: Published collections and unpublished single poems. Cash prizes totalling $US375 (published) and $US225 (unpublished), plus publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Finalists notified by November 30 with winners announced in December.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: $US25 (there is a discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association), with an early bird offer of $US20 until July 31.
For full details see the website. It may be faster to search on the page for the word ‘haiku’, there are a lot of categories and rules.