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.

World Haiku Competition
Cash prizes totalling $US425. Winners posted to the Lyrical Passion website.
Closes: December 1. Extended to December 15.
Cost: $US3/haiku or 5 haiku for $US10 (pay through the website).
Full details from the website.

UHTS Samurai Haibun Contest
Limit 3 haibun. Winners published in UHTS e-newsletter, Seedpods.
Closes: December 15.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

IRIS Little Haiku Contest
Limit 3 haiku/senryu (no theme this year). Winners advised by e-mail and the results published in IRIS in 2019 with a copy sent to the awarded authors.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
E-mail entries/inquiries to Đurđa Rožić.

Touchstone Poem Awards
Open to any haiku/senryu published during 2018. A panel of judges (named on the webpage) will bestow a number of awards. Winning authors receive an engraved stone from The Haiku Foundation.
Closes: December 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details, including an entry form, from the website.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards
Open to haiku, etc books published in the calendar year 2018.
Closes: December 31 (postmark).
Cost: Free.
For full details see the website.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
Haiku and tanka welcome. Limit 5 poems on the theme ‘snowdrops’.
Closes: January 13.
Cost: £4, payment may be made online.
Full details from the website.

Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest
Two categories: Your photo + haiku on the theme of ‘the sea’ (photos must be previously unpublished); write a haiku prompted by a supplied photo. Limit 1 haiku per photo. Gifts as prizes. Judge is David McMurray. Results announced  in ‘early March’.
Closes: January 14.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website, including an online entry form.

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.

Haiku Society of America 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.

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.

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