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.

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”.

Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
Open to all nationalities, limit 1 haiku. 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.

Mandy’s Annual Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US150. Judge is Debbie Strange.
Closes: June 30.
Cost: First entry free, subsequent tanka $US2/each
Full details from the website.

World Haiku Association Contest
Top 3 places receive book prizes. Results announced at the WHA conference on September 10 in Parma, Italy. Judges: Ban’ya Natsuishi (Japan, chief judge), Casimiro de Brito (Portugal), Judit Vihar (Hungary), Eric Selland (US), Sayumi Kamakura (Japan). Romano Zeraschi (Italy).
Closes: July 20.
Cost: ¥1000 /$US10 / €8 for every 3 haiku (PayPal available).
Full details here.

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. Judge is Koko Kato.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanks and haibun.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

Harold G Henderson Award
Cash prizes totalling $US300 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 HSA 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 HSA 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.

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Winning poems will be published with judge’s commentary in Seedpods (UHTS).
Closes: August 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest
Limit of 2 haiku in the international section. Books, etc as prizes. Please note the copyright restrictions. Winners announced in February. Toru Haga is the judge for the international section.
Closes:  September 3.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Kusamakura Haiku Competition
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥50,000. Other prizes of ¥5000 each, plus one winner will receive a ‘commemorative gift’. Winners informed by mail at the beginning of November with an awards ceremony on November 18. A magazine containing winning entries will be sent to winners at the end of February 2018; winning poems will also appear on the website. Judges are Alan Rosen, Eiichi Chishima and Morio Nishikawa.
Closes: September 11.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.