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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Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Haiku/Senryu Awards
Limit 10 haiku. Winning poems will be published in cattails.
Closes: April 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
For haiku and senryu. Cash prizes $US525 (haiku) and $US75 (senryu). Winners posted to the website in June.
Closes: April 15 postmarked.
Cost: $US2/ poem. PayPal/email entry is now also available.
For full details and past winners see the website.

Time of Singing Contest
For haiku, senryu and tanka, limit 6 poems. Cash prizes totalling $US80. Please note that Time of Singing is a Christian journal.
Closes: May 15.
Cost: $US4/poem, PayPal available.
For full details see the website.

New Zealand Poetry Society International Haiku Contest
The top five haiku/senryu will be awarded $NZ100 each; first place will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ150. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Judge is Sandra Simpson. If you’re new to haiku, it might pay off to read Learning to Write Haiku, published by the NZPS.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members with every 5th haiku free). PayPal available.
For full details see the website.

NZPS Junior Haiku Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2017. Primary/intermediate: 3 prizes of $NZ50; Secondary: 3 prizes of $NZ50. Plus one of the first-placed haiku will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ100.  Schools may send bulk entries, but poems must be clearly attributed to authors. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Judge is Nola Borrell. Learning to Write Haiku, published by the NZPS, contains some lesson plans for teachers.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $1/haiku.
For full details see the website.

Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US175 for haiku in 5-7-5. Each haiku must use one kigo (season word) from the contest list.  Haiku with more than 1 listed kigo, or that do not use a listed kigo will be disqualified.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $US7/page of 3 haiku (or $US8 if using PayPal).
For full details, including the kigo, see the website.

Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US175 with winning poems published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal. Judges are Janet Lynn Davis and James Chessing.
Closes: May 31 (in hand).
Cost: $US1/tanka, possible to pay through the website.
Full details from the website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
On the theme of “freedom” to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Winners published in various places, including newspapers and the Haiku Canada newsletter, printed in a chapbook hand folded and bound by Leaf Press and on the VCBF website. Top poems will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2016 festival. Judges are DeVar Dahl, Angelee Deodhar and Billie Wilson.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US275, plus copies of Peggy’s books. Limit 5 haiku. Results announced July 31.
Closes: June 1.
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 4 is for non-Japanese entrants). Winners announced mid-July and posted to the website. Judges are Professor Takeshi Iijima, Noboru Oba, Shuichiro Souma, Joe Maricoji  and Lisa Somers.
Closes: June 3.
Cost: Free.
Full details from this website (see item 7 for the email address).

Pumpkin Festival Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku on the theme “pumpkin/gourd” (not necessarily mentioned in the haiku). Poets from the area of ex-Yugoslavia are welcome to send haiku in their language; it will be translated into English and judged in the international section. Results announced at the Ivanic Grad Pumpkin Festival in October and published in Iris haiku journal.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: Free.
Send entries by email to Đurđa Vukelić Rožić  with the subject line “Pumpkin”.