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.

Radmila Bogojevic Haiku Award
Limit 3 haiku. Winners announced on August 24, the birthday of the late Serbian poet Radmila Bogojevic.
Closes: July 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from this website.

Resobox Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku. Winning poems will be on display in the Poetry of Nature Exhibition at Resobox Gallery (New York), August 18-September 8. Judge is Natalia L Rudychev.
Closes: July 24.
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For unpublished short collections of short poems, including haiku, tanka and haibun.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.
Closes: 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.
Closes: 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’.
Closes: 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.

Kusamakura Haiku Competition
Limit 2 haiku. First prize receives ¥50,000. Other prizes of ¥5000 each, plus one winner will receive a “commemorative gift”. Winners informed by email at the beginning of November with an awards ceremony on November 16. Winning poems will appear on the website.
Closes: August 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Penumbra Haiku Contest
5-7-5 format. 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 (there is a discount for members of the Tallahassee Writers Association).
For full details see the website (scroll down).

Porad Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US175 and published on the Haiku Northwest website. Winners will be announced at the annual Seabeck Getaway, October 24-27. Judge is Tom Painting.
Closes: September 20 (postmarked).
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 (scroll down to read the rules).

Haiku International Association Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Winners announced December 9. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Closes: September 25.
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest
Limit of 2 haiku in the international section. Please note the copyright restrictions. Winners announced in February. Toru Haga is the judge for the international section. Results announced in March 2020.
Closes:  September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

EU-Japan NewSpace2060 International Illustrated Haiku Competition 
Haiku entries both with and without illustration on the theme of ‘space’. Illustrated entries are limited in size to one A4 page (but submit as many as you’d like). Finalists announced at the International Aeronautical Congress 2019, Washington DC, from October 21-25.
Closes: September 30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Rugby Contest
Limit 1 unpublished haiku in English. Cash prizes totalling €150 for the two best haiku, with Rugby World Cup stuff for the best three haiku. A condition of entry is that, although copyright remains with the author, permission is granted to publish work (if selected) in issue 3 of seashores journal. Winners announced on November 3. Judges are David Burleigh and Stephen Henry Gill (Tito).
Closes: October 13.
Cost: Free.
Submit: By email only with the subject line ‘seashores haiku contest’. No attachments. In the body of the email include first name, family name, country of residence.

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