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.

Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US900 with winners published in literary magazine Geist and on geist.com. Maximum length of story is 500 words and it must be tied to a postcard image. Postcard story examples are available on the website.
Closes: Re-extended to April 15.
Cost: $C20, each additional entry $C5.
Full details from the website.

Save Our World Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US425. Theme is ‘saving our planet’. Winning haiku published on the Lyrical Poetry website.
Closes: April 1.
Cost: $US2/haiku or $US8/5 poems.
Full details from the website.

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
For haiku and senryu. Winners posted to the website in June.
Closes: April 15.
Cost: $US3/ poem. PayPal/email entry is now also available.
For full details and past winners see the website.

HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition
Cash prizes totalling up to $US150, publication in Frogpond and on the HSA website. The 2020 styles of renku are 20-verse Nijyuin and 36-verse Kasen. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different renku entered. Judges are are Marshall Hryciuk and Karen Sohne.
Closes: April 30.
Cost: $US5/renku (HSA members); $US7/renku (non-members).
Full details from the website, including past winners.

Haiku Society of Constanta Contest
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘the lighthouse’, along with an answer to: What motivates you to enter a contest? Also a section for writers aged 7-19. Winners announced in mid-August.
Closes: May 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from this website.

Gourds Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku on the theme of curcubits (pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melon, zucchini, etc). Winners published in Iris haiku journal.
Closes: May 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Contest
Top five haiku/senryu will be awarded $NZ100 each; first place will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ150. Results by August 31 with winners published in the NZPS annual anthology. Please note, the contest is entirely online this year.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members). Please note the contest is accepting online payments only this year.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2020. 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. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Please note, the contest is entirely online this year.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $1/haiku.
Full details from the website.

Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US175 for haiku in 5-7-5 pattern. 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: $US8/3 haiku.
Full details, including the kigo, from the website.

HSA Garry Gay Rengay Award
First prize of $US350. Open only to 2- or 3-person entries. The winning linked-verse poem will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.
Open: April 1-May 31.
Cost: $US5/poem.
Full details from the website.

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Unless notified, poems will be released on August 1. Winners published in seed pods, the newsletter of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Open: May 1-31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
Winners published in various places, including newspapers and the Haiku Canada newsletter, and on the VCBF website. Top poems will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2021 festival. Judges are Gary Hotham, Agnes Eva Savich and Beth Skala.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Love Tanka Contest
No prizes listed. Contest theme is ‘love’. Winners published on the Lyrical Passion website.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: $US3/ tanka or $US10/ set of 5 poems.
Full details from the website.

Africa Haiku Contest
Gifts and certificates as prizes. Limit 5 haiku on the theme of ‘Africa’ (those with a universal theme may be considered). Three-line haiku only. Results available between July and August.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.