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 responsibility is yours.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
Two sections for 5-7-5 haiku this year: Published collections and unpublished single poems. Cash prizes totalling $US375 (published) and $US225 (unpublished), plus publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Finalists notified by November 30 with winners announced in December.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: $US25 (there is a discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
For full details see the website. It may be faster to search on the page for the word ‘haiku’, there are a lot of categories and rules.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Competition
Limit 3 haibun.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Autumn Moon Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of autumn. Winners published in the autumn moon journal.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest
One first prize of ¥50,000. Please note the copyright restrictions. Winners announced in March.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: $US10/haiku for entries in the International Section (up to 2 entries in Braille may be submitted for free).
Full details from the website.

San Francisco International Competition
Categories for haiku, senryu and tanka. Cash prize of $US100 for the winner in each category. Results announced in January 2023 and winning poems published in the Haiku Poets of Northern California journal, Mariposa, and on the website.
Closes: In hand October 31.
Cost: $US1/poem.
Full details from the website.

HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition
Cash prizes totalling up to $US450, publication in Frogpond and on the HSA website.
Closes: October 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website, including past winners.

Basho-an International English Haiku Contest
For 2-3-line haiku, up to 10 may be entered. Winners notified at the end of December. Winning poems will be published on websites and in an anthology next October. Note the copyright restriction. Judges are Kai Hasegawa, Naoko Fujita and Dhugal J. Lindsay.
Closes: November 10.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Irish Haiku Society Competition
Cash prizes totalling 230, plus 7 highly commended awards. Winners announced in January. Judge is Anatoly Kudryavitsky.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: €3/£2.50/$US3 per haiku; €19/£16/$US19 per 7 haiku.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press Book Awards
Collections of 60-100 poems of any genre, including haibun. Results announced January 31. Winners will have their collection published by Snapshot Press.
Closes: November 30.
Cost: £20 or $US30, may be paid via the website.
Full details from the website.