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.

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.

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
For haiku and senryu. Winners posted to the website in June.
Closes: April 15. Extended to July 15.
Cost: $US3/ poem. PayPal/email entry is now also available.
For full details and past winners see 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.

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For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanka and haibun.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 (it is possible to pay online).
Full details from the website.

Harold G Henderson Award
Cash prizes totalling $450. Limit 5 haiku. Winning poems published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5 / entry (HSA members); $US7 (others).
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US350. Limit 5 senryu. Winning poems published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5 / entry (HSA members); $US7 (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 and what is not considered ‘published’.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: $US5 / entry (HSA members); $US7 (others).
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 mid-July early October and posted to the website. Judges are Professor Takeshi Iijima, Noboru Oba, Shuichiro Souma, Joe Maricoji  and Lisa Somers.
Closes: June 1 August 21 (due to Covid-19 disruption to school entries).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website. See the date change announcement here.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
For 5-7-5 haiku. Cash prizes totalling $US105 and publication of the top haiku in the Seven Hills Review. Winners notified by December. All entries and payment must be made through the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: $US8/haiku (the discount price is for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
Full details from the website.

Kusamakura Haiku Competition
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥30,000. Other prizes totalling ¥15,000. Winners informed by email at the beginning of November. Winning poems will appear on the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Porad Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Winners will be announced at the annual Seabeck Getaway, October 29-November 1. Judge is Julie Warther.
Closes: September 20 (postmarked but email entries preferred).
Cost:  $US1/poem.
Full details from the website.

Fujisan Tanka Contest
Limit 1 tanka on the theme of Mt Fuji. Winners announced in December.
Closes: September 20.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 4 haiku. Winners announced December 4. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Closes: September 24.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest
Limit of 2 haiku in the international section. Books, etc as prizes. Please note the copyright restrictions. Winners announced in February. Toru Haga is the judge for the international section.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Competition
Limit 3 haibun. Winners printed in the UHTS newsletter, seedpods.
Submit: September 1-30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.