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.

Ito En Shinhaiku Contest
Limit 6 haiku. Cash prizes (in yen), green tea products and inclusion in an anthology. Winning haiku will appear on Oi Ocha product packaging; results announced in July. Entrants are encouraged to “express themselves freely”. 
Closes: February 28.
Cost: Free.  
Full details from the website.

John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku
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 Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the AHS website.

Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku in 3-line format. Prizewinners will receive books and diplomas. Winners announced on April 17.
Closes: March 5.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Association Santoka International Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of ‘love’. Judge is Damir Damir and results will be announced on March 21.
Closes: March 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Association Santoka International Haiga Contest
Limit 1 photo-haiga. Judges are Damir Damir and Steven Gray. Results announced on March 21.
Closes: March 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (scroll down).

Robert Spiess Memorial Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and copies of Bob’s books. 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 and posted on the website by July 1.
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. 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
For haiku and senryu. Winners posted to the website in June.
Closes: April 15.
Cost: $US3/ poem. PayPal/email entry available.
For full details and past winners see the website.

Raven Haiku Contest
The contest is dedicated to the memory of Zdenko Oreč – Gavran / the Raven (1930-2020), Croatian haijin. Limit 1 unpublished haiku in English on the theme ‘the raven’.
Closes: April 30.
Cost: Free.
Submit entries by email

San Francisco Haibun Contest
First place receives $US100. Results will be announced at the autumn HPNC meeting and the top three haibun will appear in Mariposa, with the full results, including judges’ comments, posted to the HPNC website.
Closes: May 1.
Cost: $US5 for 1-3 haibun.
Full details from the website.

NZPS 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). PayPal available.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2021.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.
For full details, including the kigo, see the website.

Gourds Haiku 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.

Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Limit 5 tanka. Cash prizes totalling $US175 with winning poems published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal. Judges are Autumn Noelle Hall and Don Miller.
Enter: April 1-May 31 (in hand).
Cost: Free; donations welcomed.
Full details from the website.

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Unless notified, poems will be released on August 1. Winners published in seed pods, the newsletter of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Enter: May 1-May 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
The top poems in the six categories will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2022 festival, as well as being published on the VCBF website. Judges are Chuck Brickley, Terri L French and Claudia Coutu Radmore.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free
Full details from the website.