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 responsibility is yours.

Modern Kigo Project: Spring Kigo Contest
Poets are invited to ‘invent’ a new spring kigo. Limit 1 haiku using one kigo. Winners announced in mid-June. Judges are Alan Peat and Réka Nyitrai.
Closes: May 20.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Contest
Top five haiku/senryu will be awarded $NZ100 each; first place will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ150. Winners and selected others will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Judge is an’ya.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $NZ3/haiku ($NZ2/haiku for NZPS members). PayPal available.
Full details from the website.

NZPS Haiku Junior Contest
Open to entrants 17 years or younger on May 31, 2022. Primary/intermediate: 3 prizes of $NZ50; Secondary: 3 prizes of $NZ50. Plus one first-placed haiku will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ100.  Schools may send bulk entries. Winners and selected others will be published in the NZPS annual anthology. Judge is Sarah-Kate Simons.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $1/haiku.
Full details from the website.

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.
For full details, including the kigo or to use PayPal, see the website.

Gourds-theme Haiku Contest
Limit 6 haiku on the theme of curcubits (pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melon, zucchini, etc). Results announced in October and winners published in Iris haiku journal. Judge is an’ya.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Limit 4 tanka. Cash prizes totalling $US175 with winning poems published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal. Judges are Kathy Kituai and David Terelinck. Results announced in August. One entrant, from a random draw, will receive a year’s free membership of the TSA.
Closes: May 31. Online entry only.
Cost: Free, but donations welcomed.
Full details from the website.

HSA Garry Gay Rengay Award
First prize of $US450. Open only to 2- or 3-person entries. The winning linked-verse poem will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: $US5/poem.
Full details from the website.

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest
Limit 10 tanka. Results by the end of June. Judge in an’ya.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Heliosparrow Semagrams Mayday Poetry Contest
First prize of $US50, with all winners published. For an explanation of what a semagram is read this page (unfortunately, the second and third haiku do not appear as in the original, the software was no co-operative!)
Closes: May 31.
Cost: Free.
Details of how to enter are at the top of the information page.

Star Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of ‘stars’. Entrants outside Japan should check the ‘overseas’ box on the entry form (link below). Judge is Ban’ya Natsuishi. Results announced on July 7 at the Hoshida Myomimiya Tanabata Festival.
Closes: May 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the entry form.

H Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest
Cash prizes totalling $US100. Limit 2 senryu (includes previously published work except that which has appeared in Prune Juice or Failed Haiku). Winners announced June 15 and winning poems published in Prune Juice and Failed Haiku. Judges are Susan Burch and Vandana Parashar.
Submit: May 21-31 (US EDT).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
Winners published in various places, including the Haiku Canada newsletter and on the VCBF website. Top poems will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2023 festival. Judges are Maxine Berger, Randy Brooks and Jennifer Hambrick.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US275, plus copies of Peggy’s books. Limit 5 haiku. Results announced July 31.
Closes: June 1.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Association Santoka International Haiku Contest
Limit 1 haiku on the theme of ‘water’. Results will be announced on June 21 and winners published on the website.
Closes: June 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Association Santoka International Haiga Contest
Limit 1 photo-haiga. Judges are Damir Damir and Steven Gray. Results announced on June 21.
Closes: June 7.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Virtual Japan Fair Haiku Contest
Limit 2 haiku. Winners announced on June 26 and winning poems published on the website. Judge is Michael Dylan Welch.
Closes: June 19 (US Pacific Time).
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

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: June 20-30.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards
For unpublished short collections of short poems (8-24 poems). Winners will have their collections published online by Snapshot Press (UK). Winners announced on September 30.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: £14/$US20 per entry (pay online).
Full details from the website.

Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Limit 10 haiku. Results announced on October 12 to mark the death anniversary of Basho. Please note the entry condition that copyright will remain with the sponsors is not mentioned this year.
Closes: July 31.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website (right-hand side of the page).

Harold G Henderson Haiku Award
Cash prizes totalling $US450 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the Haiku Society of America website. Limit 5 haiku.
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website.

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu
Cash prizes totalling $US350 with winning poems published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. Limit 5 senryu.
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website.

HSA Haibun Award
Cash prizes totalling $US450 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’. 
Submit: June 1-July 31.
Cost: $US7/ entry (discount for HSA members).
Full details from the website