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.

Haiku Book Contest for Women
The winner will receive $US100 and 10 copies, published by Sable Books. Manuscripts may include up to 75 poems – haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun – in any combination. Previously published poems will be accepted. Final judge is Roberta Beary.
Closes: November 15.
Cost: $US10.
Full details from the website.

Moonbathing Tanka Contest
For women only. Limit 1 unpublished tanka on any theme, except spring or summer. Winners will be printed in Moonbathing tanka journal (print only). This is the final Moonbathing contest and the final issue of the journal.
Closes: November 15.
Cost: Free.
Send entries by email to Pamela Babusci with the subject line “tanka contest”.

Basho-an International English Haiku Contest
For 2- or 3-line haiku. Winners notified in January. Winning poems will be published on websites and in an anthology next October. Please read the Copyright section with care.
Closes: November 23.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Irish Haiku Society Competition
Cash prizes totalling €230, plus 7 highly commended awards. Winners announced in January and published in Shamrock journal. Judge is Anatoly Kudryavitsky.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: €3 / £2.50 / $US4 / ¥500 per haiku; €20 / £15 / $US25 / ¥3000 per 7 haiku.
Full details from the website.

Polish International Haiku Competition
Limit 1 haiku in English, 3-line poems only within the short-long-short pattern. Diplomas and gifts for the winners. Judge is Colin Blundell (with pre-selection). Results announced by December 31.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details, and an entry form, from the website.

Soka Matsubara International Haiku Competition
Categories for theme-free haiku and those using the themes ‘pine’ or ‘pine grove’.  Results about mid-February.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press Book Awards
Collections of 60-100 pieces may comprise haiku, tanka, other short poems, haibun/tanka prose, or any combination of these. Results announced January 31.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: £20 or $US30, may be paid via the website.
Full details from the website.
Update, Nov 13: Postal entries must be sent no later than November 30. However, if you pay online by November 30, email entries may be made until December 15.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Competition
Limit 3 haibun. Theme is “the strength or power of nature (including human nature)”, and whatever it means to each author. Please note: The closing date below is correct for 2019. The September closing date showing on the website comes into effect for 2020. Confusing, eh?
Closes: December 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Iris Little Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku/senryu on the theme of “language”. Winners advised by e-mail and the results published in IRIS in 2020 with a copy sent to the awarded authors as a gift.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Akita International Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme: Impermanence/ change (this contest has risen from the ashes of the previous Japan-Russia Haiku Contest). Winners printed in Serow 3 (Akita International Haiku Network’s journal). Results announced mid-February. Judges for the English section are David McMurray and Ben Grafström.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
Haiku and tanka welcome, adult winner receives £200. Limit 5 poems on the theme ‘snowdrops’ or the Shepton Mallet snowdrop story (details available). Judge is Jane Draycott.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: £4, payment may be made online.
Full details from the website.

Touchstone Poem Awards
Open to any haiku/senryu published during 2019. A panel of judges (named on the webpage) will bestow a number of awards for poems they believe represent a noteworthy addition to English-language haiku. The winning authors will receive an engraved stone from The Haiku Foundation. Anyone who has had at least 1 haiku/senryu published during 2019 may nominate 2 poems, 1 of which may be their own.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details, including an entry form, from the website.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards
The award is open to books published in the calendar year 2019.
Closes: December 31 (postmark).
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Bloodroot Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US90. Limit 1 haiku. Judge Julie Warther. Winners, announced in May, published in Pinesong.
Closes: January 12.
Cost: Free if a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, otherwise $US5.
Full details from the website.

Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest
Two categories to enter: Your photo + haiku on the theme of ‘the sea’ (photos must be previously unpublished); write a haiku prompted by a supplied photo. Limit 1 haiku per photo. Gifts as prizes. Judge is David McMurray. Results announced  in March.
Closes: January 14.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website, including an online entry form.

The Betty Drevniok Award
Limit 3 haiku. Winners announced in May at the Haiku Canada weekend and be posted to the Haiku Canada website by June 1.
Closes: January 22.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling £200. Winning and commended poems will be published in Haiku Presence 66. Judge is Matthew Paul.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £5/ $US8/ €5 for up to 5 haiku and £1/ $US2/ €2 per haiku thereafter. PayPal available.
Full details from the website.

幻住庵 Genjuan International Haibun Contest
Limit 3 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 in May. Judges Nenten Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill and Hisashi Miyazaki.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

British Haiku Society Awards
Haiku: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Anna Maris and David Lanoue. Tanka: Cash prizes totalling £350, judges are Gregory Longenecker and an’ya. Haibun: Cash prizes totalling £175, judge is Simon Chard. 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.

AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Winning poems published in Seedpods, the UHTS e-newsletter. Poems released on April 1.
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/$US600; 40 others as runners-up. All will be published. Haiku should include a seasonal word or activity. Results announced on March 31.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £10/$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.

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 on the HSA website. Books must have been published in 2019 and clearly must contain a printed 2019©. An author or publisher may submit more than one title.
Open: January 1-February 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.