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.

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.

Write a Haiku and/or Senryu Contest
Limit 3 poems. First prize is a week’s all-inclusive retreat at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in West Cork, Ireland; runners-up receive books from Alba Publishing. Judges are Maeve O’Sullivan and Kim Richardson. Winners announced May 2.
Closes: March 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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

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

AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Winning poems published in Seedpods, the UHTS e-newsletter.
Closes: April 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 16.
Cost: $US3/ poem. PayPal available.
Full details and past winners from the website.

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

Morioka International Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Results announced August 4. Judges Terry Ann Carter, Michael Dylan Welch and Toru Kiuchi. The contest celebrates the 130th anniversary of Morioka City in Japan (twinned with Victoria in British Columbia, Canada) attaining city status.
Closes: May 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

NZPS International 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.
Submit: April 1-May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members with every 5th haiku free). PayPal available.
Full details from the website (link to come).

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2019. 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.  Schools may send bulk entries, but poems must be clearly attributed to authors. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology.
Submit: April 1-May 31.
Cost: $1/haiku.
Full details from the website (link to come).

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.
Full details, including the kigo, from the website.

Pumpkin Festival 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.

Turtle Light Haiku Chapbook Contest
Send a manuscript of 12-24 pages with 2 haiku per page. The winning author will be awarded 10 free copies plus a contract for 10% royalties on the sale of other copies of the chapbook. Publication slated for the end of 2019. Judge is Susan Antolin.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $US30/manuscript.
Full details from the website.

Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US175 with winning poems published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal. Judges are Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall.
Enter: April 1-May 31 (in hand).
Cost: $US1/tanka, possible to pay through the website.
Full details from the website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
Winners published in various places, including newspapers and the Haiku Canada newsletter, printed in a chapbook hand folded and bound by Leaf Press and on the VCBF website. Top poems will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2020 festival. Judges are Alan S Bridges, Susan Constable and Julie Warther.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Haiku Society of Constanta Contest
Limit 2 haiku on the theme of ‘the sea’. Judges in the adult section: Nicole Pottier (president of jury), Iulia Ralia, Alexandru Patrulescu, Florin Grigoriu, Vasile Moldovan. Winners announced during the festival of Constanta,at the beginning of September.
Closes: June 15.
Cost: Free.
Send: Entries by email to Nicole Pottier.

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