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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Competitions

Please remember to check all details – we do our best to ensure accuracy but the final responsibility is yours.

NZPS Haiku Contest
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 Katherine Raine.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members with every 5th haiku free). PayPal available.
Full details here.

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2018. 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 Quendryth Young of Australia.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $1/haiku.
Full details here.

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: $US7/page of 3 haiku ($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.
Closes: May 31 (in hand).
Cost: $US1/tanka, possible to pay through the website.
Full details from the website (click on the Facebook link to see the 2018 details).

H Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US100, plus books. Limit 2 senryu (includes previously published work although nothing which has appeared in Prune Juice or Failed Haiku). Winning senryu published in Prune Juice and Failed Haiku, as well as the shortlisted poems. Winners notified on June 1. Judges Steve Hodge and Mike Rehling.
Submit: May 21-31 (US EDT).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the Failed Haiku website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
On the theme of “harmony”. 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 2019 festival.
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 1b is for non-Japanese entrants). Winners announced by the end of July and posted to the website. Judges are Professor Takeshi Iijima, Noboru Oba, Shuichiro Souma, Joe Maricoji and Lisa Somers.
Closes: June 2.
Cost: Free.
For full details see this website.

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 2017 and published in Iris haiku journal.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: Free.
Send entries by email to Djurdja Rozic with the subject line “Pumpkin”.

Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
Open to all nationalities, limit 1 haiku on the theme: Wave, or anything related to wave. Poems entered must be in one of three languages – English, Japanese or Russian (there are three separate entry categories). Results announced at the beginning of October. Judges for the English section are David McMurray, Satoru Kanematsu, Ben Grafström and Hidenori Hiruta.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Monostitch Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US450. For single-line haiku only. Winners posted to the Lyrical Passion website.
Closes: July 15.
Cost: $US3/poem or $US10 for 5 haiku.
Full details from the website.

Harold G Henderson Award for Haiku
Cash prizes totalling $300 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 5 haiku (HSA members) or $US7/5 haiku otherwise (pay online).
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US225 with winning poems published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 senryu.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 5 senryu (HSA members) or $US7/5 senryu otherwise (pay online).
Full details from the website.

HSA Haibun Contest
Cash prize of $US100 for First with winning haibun published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America 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: $US5/ 3 haibun for HSA members; $US7/3 haibun otherwise.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku and tanka. Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: £12/$US20 per entry.
Full details from the website.

Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Limit of 10 haiku. Results are announced on October 12 to mark the death anniversary of Basho. Please note the entry condition that copyright will remain with the sponsors. Winning haiku appear on the website and in a printed contest anthology. Judge is Hidetake Karawaji.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (opens as a pdf).

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Unless notified, poems will be released on October 1. Winners published in seed pods, the newsletter of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Closes: August 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US105 and publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Winners notified by November 30. All entries and payment must be made through the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: $US6/haiku (discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
For full details see the website.

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