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.

NZPS International Haiku Contest
Top five haiku/senryu will be awarded $NZ100 each; first place will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ150. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members with every 6th haiku free). PayPal available.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2019. 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.  Schools may send bulk entries, but poems must be clearly attributed to authors. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology.
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.

Pumpkin Festival Contest
Limit 3 haiku on the theme of curcubits (pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melon, zucchini, etc). Winners published in Iris haiku journal.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Turtle Light Haiku Chapbook Contest
Send a manuscript of 12-24 pages with 2 haiku per page. The winning author will be awarded 10 free copies plus a contract for 10% royalties on the sale of other copies of the chapbook. Publication slated for the end of 2019. Judge is Susan Antolin.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $US30/manuscript.
Full details from the website.

Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US175 with winning poems published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal. Judges are Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall.
Closes: May 31 (in hand).
Cost: $US1/tanka, possible to pay through the website.
Full details from the website.

H Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US100, plus books. Limit 2 senryu (includes previously published work except that which has appeared in Prune Juice or Failed Haiku). Winners notified by June 15. Winning senryu published in Prune Juice and Failed Haiku. Judges Brent Goodman and Mike Rehling.
Submit: May 21-31 (US EDT).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the Failed Haiku website (opens as a pdf).

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘reconciliation’. Winners published in various places, including newspapers and the Haiku Canada newsletter, printed in a chapbook hand folded and bound by Leaf Press and on the VCBF website. Top poems will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2020 festival. Judges are Alan S Bridges, Susan Constable and Julie Warther.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US275, plus copies of Peggy’s books. Limit 5 haiku. Results announced July 31.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
Limit 2 entries. One grand prize and two distinguished work prizes in each division (Division 1b is for non-Japanese entrants). Winners announced at the end of July and posted to the museum website.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website (opens as a pdf).

World Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US425. Contest theme is ‘love’.
Closes: Extended to June 1. May 1.
Cost: $US3/ tanka or $US10/ set of 5 poems.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Society of Constanta Contest
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘the sea’. Judges in the adult section: Nicole Pottier (president of jury), Iulia Ralia, Alexandru Patrulescu, Florin Grigoriu, Vasile Moldovan. Winners announced during the festival of Constanta,at the beginning of September.
Closes: June 15.
Cost: Free.
Send: Entries by email to Nicole Pottier.

Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest 
For women only, including non-binary and transgender. Limit 2 haiku. Winners will appear in the July issue of #FemkuMag e-zine.
Submit: July 5-15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanka and haibun. Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: £14/$US20 per entry (possible to pay online).
Full details from the website.

Harold G Henderson Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $300 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Enter: May 15-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.
Enter: May 15-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’.
Enter: May 15-July 31.
Cost: $US5/ 3 haibun for HSA members; $US7/3 haibun otherwise.
Full details from the website.

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.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Unless notified, poems will be released on October 1. Winners published in seed pods, the newsletter of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Closes: August 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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