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.

Haiku Society of Constanta Contest
Limit 2 haiku in the short-long-short pattern on the theme of ‘the raging sea’ (the contest commemorates the Fukushima disaster in 2011). Also a section for writers aged 7-19. Winners announced in mid-August. Judges Nicole Pottier (president of jury); Iulia Ralia; Jean Antonini; Florin Grigoriu; and Vasile Moldovan.
Closes: May 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from this 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. Judge is Simon Hanson of Australia. Online entry only. Results by August 31.
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. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Judge is Marco Fraticelli of Canada. Online entry only. Results by August 31.
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.
Closes: May 31 (in hand).
Cost: Free; donations welcomed.
Full details from the website.

HSA Garry Gay Rengay Award
First prize of $US350. Open only to 2- or 3-person entries. The winning linked-verse poem will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. For a guide on writing rengay see this article by Garry Gay, inventor of the rengay form.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $US5/poem (HSA members); $US7/poem otherwise.
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.

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.

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For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanka and other short poetry.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

Harold G Henderson Award
Cash prizes totalling $US450 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US5/ entry (HSA members) or $US7/5 others.
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US350 with winning poems published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. Limit 5 senryu.
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US5/ entry (HSA members) or $US7/5 others.
Full details from the website.

HSA Haibun Contest
Cash prize of $US150 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 considered ‘published’. 
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US5/ entry HSA members or $US7/ others.
Full details from the website