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.

The Betty Drevniok Award
Limit of 3 haiku per person. Winners announced in May.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling £200. Winning and commended poems will be published in Presence 63. Judge is Sandra Simpson.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: £5/ $US8/ €5 for up to 5 haiku and £1/ $US2/ €2 per haiku thereafter.
Full details from the website.

British Haiku Society Awards
Haiku: Cash prizes totalling £300, judges are Claire Everett and Scott Mason. Tanka: Cash prizes totalling £300, judges are Debbie Strange and Linda Jeanette Ward. Haibun: Cash prizes totalling £175, judge is David Bingham. Winning work published in the BHS journal Blithe Spirit in May and posted to the website.
Closes: In-hand January 31.
Cost: A schedule of fees is available on the website.
Full details from the website.

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 and to see past winners) from the website.

幻住庵 Genjuan International Haibun Contest
Limit 3 entries. Each haibun must be between 7 and 35 lines long and include at least one haiku. A Grand Prix, An (Cottage) prizes and Honourable Mentions with results posted to the website by May. Judges Tori Kiuchi, Stephen Henry Gill (Tito) and Hisashi Miyazaki.
Closes: January 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

HPNC 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.

Utah State Poetry Society Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US100. Limit 1 tanka. Look for category 17. Note that the haiku contest is for financial members only.
Closes: February 1.
Cost: $US8 for non-members for first tanks, then $US3 for each tanka.
Full details from the website (opens as a pdf).

Bloodroot Haiku Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US90. Limit 1 haiku. Winners published in Pinesong. Winners will be announced in May. Judge is Lenard D Moore.
Closes: February 1.
Cost: Free if a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, otherwise $US8/poem.
Full details from the website.

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest
Prizes valued up to $US500. Limit 3 haiku on the loose theme of ‘Spring in the City’.
Closes: February 4.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Bath Flash Fiction Award
Cash prizes totalling £1460! Pieces to a maximum of 300 words. Winners announced by February 28. Winning works, plus selected others, will appear in an anthology.
Closes: February 10.
Cost: £9/one entry, £15/two entries, £18/three entries (pay online).
Full details from the website. Be sure to read the Rules for the fine details of font, line spacing, etc.

HSA Merit Book Awards
For excellence in published haiku, translation, and criticism. Cash prizes totalling $US650. A list of winners will be published in Frogpond and the HSA website. Books must have been published in 2018 and clearly must contain a printed 2018©. 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. 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.

HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition
Cash prizes totalling up to $US150, publication in Frogpond and on the HSA website. The 2019 style of renku is kasen or nijuin. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different renku entered.
Closes: In hand February 28.
Cost: 3 renku for $US5 (HSA members)/ $US7.
Full details from the website, including past winners.

Snapshot Press Book Awards
Collections of 60-100 haiku, tanka and other short poems. Results announced April 30.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: £20 or $US30, may be paid via the website.
Full details from the website.

Wild Plum Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku. Judges Maria Tomczak and Gabriel Sawicki. Results announced in May.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Santoka Haiku Association Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of ‘freedom’. Judge is Damir Damir. Results announced on March 28.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Santoka Haiku Association Haiga Contest
Limit 1 haiga. Judges are Damir Damir and Steven Gray. Results announced on March 28.
Closes: March 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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.

Jane Reichhold International Prize
Cash prizes totalling $US175 for the Jane Reichhold International Prize. Limit 3 haiku. The award will be presented at the April 28 ukiaHaiku Festival and winners published in a booklet.
Closes: Postmarked March 23.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Magazine Contest
Limit of 6 haiku, 5-7-5 format. Results will be published in the (northern) spring/summer issue of Haiku magazine.
Closes: March 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (English at bottom of the page).

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.

World Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US425. Contest theme is ‘love’.
Submit: February 1-April 1.
Cost: $US3/ tanka or $US10/ set of 5 poems.
Full details from the website.

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