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.

BHS Haiku Awards
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: From £5.50 for 3 haiku / tanka / haibun.
Full details from the website.

RH Blyth Award
One cash prizes of £300. Limit 3 haiku. Free topic, but some theme suggestions are made on the website.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (scroll down).

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) from the website.

San Francisco International 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.

Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling £200. Winning and commended poems will be published in Haiku Presence. Judge is Polona Oblak.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £5 for up to 5 haiku and £1 per haiku thereafter.
Full details from the website.

AHA Haiku Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Winning poems published on the website in March. Judge is Terrie Jacks.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Iris Little Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku and/or 3 senryu on the theme of “crude oil”. Winners announced in March and published in Iris haiku journal and on the Three Rivers Haiku Association website.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest
Cash prizes for general winners totalling $US800. Limit 2 haiku on the theme “notes to nature”. Winners announced mid-March. Judging panel, see the website for names. Winning poems displayed around the streets of Washington DC (the Golden Triangle area) from March to early May.
Closes: February 5.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Betty Drevniok Award
Limit of 3 haiku per person. Winners announced in May and published on the Haiku Canada website.
Closes: February 15.
Cost: Free.
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 the HSA website. Books must have been published in 20202 and clearly must contain a printed 2022©. An author or publisher may submit more than one title. 
Closes: In hand by February 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Ito En Shinhaiku Contest
Limit 6 haiku. Some cash prizes (in yen). Winning haiku will appear on Oi Ocha product packaging and a contest anthology. Results announced in October.
Closes: February 28.
Cost: Free.  
Full details from the website.

Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku, entries may be in English or Bulgarian. Winning haiku announced on April 17. Judges: Iliyana Stoyanova, Vessislava Savova and David Bingham.
Closes: February 28.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku. Prizewinners will receive books and diplomas. Winners announced on April 1.
Submit: February 1-28.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

John Bird Dreaming Award
Limit 3 haiku. The first three place-getters will receive an original ink painting featuring the winning haiku by renowned Australian artist and poet, Ron Moss. Winners announced by May 1. Judges are Louise Hopewell and Sandra Simpson.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the AHS website.

Robert Spiess Memorial Award
Cash prizestotalling$US175. Limit of 5 haiku on a theme set by one Bob’s “speculations”.  Winning entries will be published in the (northern) summer issue of Modern Haiku.
Closes: In hand March 13.
Cost: $US1/haiku.
Full details from the website.

Writers in Kyoto Competition
Up to 300 words on the theme of Kyoto – haiku sequence and haibun among the forms included. Limit 1 submission. Various prizes. Winners published on the WiK website and in a paper anthology.
Closes: March 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US525 for haiku and $US75 for senryu. Winners announced on May 11.
Closes: April 15.
Cost: $US3/ poem.
For full details and past winners see the website.