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.

BHS Haiku Awards
Haiku: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Judy Kendall and Ron C Moss. Tanka: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Margaret Chula and Neal Whitman. Haibun: Cash prizes totalling £175, judge is Amanda Bell. Winning work published in the BHS journal Blithe Spirit in May and posted to the website. 
Closes: In-hand January 31. 
Cost: From £5.50 for 3 haiku / tanka / haibun.
Full details from the website.

Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling £200. Winning and commended poems will be published in Haiku Presence. Judge is Colin Oliver.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £5 for up to 5 haiku and £1 per haiku thereafter.
Full details from the website.

Iris Little Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku on the theme of “books and reading”. Winners announced in March and published in Iris haiku journal and on the Three Rivers Haiku Association website.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Contest
Twelve haiku will be picked as monthly winners sharing a cash prize of £400/$US600; 40 others as runners-up. All will be published. Haiku should include a seasonal word or activity, previously pubished work accepted. Results announced on March 31.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £10/$US15 for up to 4 haiku; £20/$US30 up to 12 haiku.
Full details (including advice on seasonal words; how to assign months) from the website.

AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest
Limit 10 entries. Judge is Terrie Jacks. Winners posted to the UHTS website in March.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

San Francisco International Rengay Contest
First prize of $US100. The winning linked-verse poem will be published in Mariposa, the HPNC membership journal.
Closes: In hand January 31.
Cost: $US5/poem.
Full details from the website.

Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘music’, entries may be in English or Bulgarian. Winning haiku published on the website by the end of March. Judges: Radu Serban, Iliyana Stoyanova and Frank Williams.
Closes: February 1.
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 March 1. Winning works, plus selected others, will appear in an anthology. Judge is Karen Jones.
Closes: February 6.
Cost: £9/one entry, £15/two entries, £18/three entries (pay online).
Full details from the website. Be sure to read the Rules for the fine details of font, line spacing, etc.

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest
Cash prizes for general winners totalling $US800. Limit 2 haiku on the theme ‘Reboot and Rebloom’. Judging panel, see the website for names. Winning poems displayed around the streets of Washington DC (the Golden Triangle area) from March to early May.
Closes: February 6.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards
For excellence in published haiku, translation, and criticism. Cash prizes totalling $US600. A list of winners will be published in Frogpond and the HSA website. Books must have been published in 2021 and clearly contain a printed 2021©. An author or publisher may submit more than one title (two copies of each). 
Closes: February 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku. Prizewinners will receive books and diplomas. Winners announced on April 17.
Open: February 1-28.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Ito En Shinhaiku Contest
Limit 6 haiku. Cash prizes (in yen), green tea products and inclusion in an anthology. Winning haiku will appear on Oi Ocha product packaging; results announced in July. Entrants are encouraged to “express themselves freely”. 
Closes: February 28.
Cost: Free.  
Full details from the website.

Robert Spiess Memorial Award
Cash prizes totalling$US175. Limit of 5 haiku on a theme set by one Bob’s “speculations” (see the website).  Winning entries will be published in the (northern) summer issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the website by July 1.
Closes: In hand March 13.
Cost: $US1/haiku.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Magazine Contest
Limit of 6 haiku, 5-7-5 format, unpublished poems only. Results will be published in the (northern) spring/summer issue of Haiku magazine.
Closes: March 31.
Cost: Free.
Email entries to Valentin Nicolitov, please send text in New Times Roman, 12 point.

Writers in Kyoto Competition
One cash prize of ¥50,000, plus other prizes. Up to 300 words on the theme of Kyoto – haiku sequence and haibun among the forms included. Limit 1 submission. Winners published on the WiK website and in a paper anthology.
Closes: March 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.