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.

The Betty Drevniok Award
Limit of 3 haiku per person. Winners announced at the Haiku Canada weekend in May and available on the website by June 1.
Closes: January 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

BHS Haiku Awards
David Cobb Haiku Award: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Charles Trumbull and Sandra Simpson. Tanka: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Susan Lee Kerr and Michael McClintock. Haibun: Cash prizes totalling £175, judge is Tim Gardiner. Winning work published in the BHS journal Blithe Spirit in May and posted to the website. 
Closes: In-hand January 31. 
Cost: A schedule of fees is available on the webpage.
Full details from the website.

Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling £200. Winning and commended poems published in Haiku Presence. Judge is Roberta Beary.
Closes: January 31 (in hand).
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 “protection and restoration of nature”. Winners announced in March. Judge is Neal Whitman.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Winning poems published in Seedpods, the UHTS e-newsletter.
Submit: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

幻住庵 Genjuan International Haibun Contest
Limit 2 entries. Each haibun must be between 7 and 35 lines long and include at least one haiku. A Grand Prix, An (Cottage) prizes and Honourable Mentions with results posted to the website by May. Judges are Akiko Takazawa, Stephen Henry Gill and Sean O’Connor.
Submit: 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/$US600; 40 others as runners-up. All will be published. Haiku should include a seasonal word or activity. Results announced on March 31.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £10/$US15 for up to 4 haiku; £20/$US30 up to 12 haiku.
Full details (including advice on seasonal words, how to assign months and to see past winners) from the website.

HPNC 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.

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest
Prizes valued up to $US800. Limit 3 haiku on the theme “daydreams and musings”. Judging panel. In 2021 a new Student category has been added.
Submit: February 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Maya Lyubenova Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘hope’, entries may be in English or Bulgarian. Winning haiku published on the wild lilacs website by the end of March. Judges: Marta Chocilowska, Iliyana Stoyanova and Frank Williams.
Open: February 15.
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 2020 and clearly must contain a printed 2020©. An author or publisher may submit more than one title. 
Submit: February 15 (in hand).
Cost: Free.
Full details from 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.

John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku
Limit 3 haiku. The first three place-getters will receive an original ink painting featuring the winning haiku by renowned Australian artist and poet, Ron Moss. Winners announced by May 1. Judges are Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the AHS website.

Association Santoka International Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of ‘love’. Judge is Damir Damir and results will be announced on March 21.
Closes: March 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Association Santoka International Haiga Contest
Limit 1 photo-haiga. Judges are Damir Damir and Steven Gray. Results announced on March 21.
Closes: March 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (scroll down).

Robert Spiess Memorial Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and copies of Bob’s books. Limit of 5 haiku on a theme set by one Bob’s “speculations”.  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.

Writers in Kyoto Competition
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.