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 final responsibility is yours.

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

Soap Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku. Winners receive $US50 and their haiku stamped into a special line of soap produced by Whole Life Soaps (Wrightwood, California) and carried between January and June, 2019. Winners notified by October 31.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Johnny Baranski Memorial Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $US175. Entrants must be a member of the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page. Judge is Paul Miller.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (not Facebook).

Where Tanka Prose Grows
Cash prize of $US20 for First and publication in the journal ephimerae. Limit one entry, to be judged by the others who enter (like a kukai). Failure to judge will disqualify your entry. Winners announced at the end of October.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Winners announced December 7. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

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

San Francisco International Competition
For 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 (the details haven’t yet been updated for 2018 but I have received an email advising nothing has changed).

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.

World Haiku Competition
Cash prizes totalling $US425. Winners posted to the Lyrical Passion website.
Closes: December 1.
Cost: $US3/haiku or 5 haiku for $US10 (pay through the website).
Full details from the website.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Contest
Limit 3 haibun. Winners published in UHTS e-newsletter, Seedpods.
Closes: December 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

IRIS Little Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku/senryu (no theme this year). Winners advised by e-mail and the results  published in IRIS in 2019 with a copy sent to the awarded authors.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
E-mail entries/inquiries to Đurđa Rožić.

Touchstone Poem Awards
Open to any haiku/senryu published during 2018. A panel of judges (named on the webpage) will bestow a number of awards. Winning authors receive an engraved stone from The Haiku Foundation.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details, including an entry form, from the website.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards
Open to haiku, etc books published in the calendar year 2018.
Closes: December 31 (postmark).
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

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