Pinewood Haiku Contest 2009

Deadline: February 14, 2009.


1st Place: $100.00

2nd Place: $50.00

3rd Place: $25.00

Winners will be published in the April 2009 issue of Wisteria.

Fee: $2.00 per poem/ or 3 poems for $5.00

Submit maximum 3 poems.

Cash or money orders only. No checks accepted!

Money Orders should be made payable to: T.A. Thompson

Topic: Any

Form: Contemporary English-language haiku with no rules as to syllable or line count.

Submit two copies of each haiku on a 3x5 index card. Entries should be typed or Word software.

One copy must have the entrant's name, address, and email for contact purposes.

The other card with only the haiku. Only 1 haiku per card.

No prior published work accepted.

Entries must be mailed to the address below.

Winners only will be notified by e-mail and postal mail.

Mail to:


Attn: 2009 Pinewood Haiku Contest

P.O. Box 150932

Lufkin, Texas 75915

More info:


Betty Drevniok Award

Cash prizes totalling $C175. Winners announced in May.
Deadline:February 14, 2009.
Cost: $C5 (in Canada)/ $US5 (outside Canada) for up to 3 haiku.
Full details: website.


Ito En Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest

Cash prizes (in yen), green tea products and inclusion in an anthology.
Results in July.
Limit of 6 haiku.
Deadline: February 28, 2009.
Cost: Free.
E-mail via the website. Full details here.


Free XpresSion Haiku Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2009.

Free XpresSion magazine offers the cash prize for best single haiku of $A100; 1 sheet of 4 haiku is deemed to be 1 entry. No name or contact details to appear on the poems, only the entry form.

Cost: $A5/ sheet of 4 haiku; $A25/ 6 sheets.

For full details, entry forms and instructions on how to pay entry fee from outside Australia , e-mail editor Peter Pike at [email protected] - or write to PO Box 4, West Hoxton, NSW 2171, Australia.


Tenth Annual Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Contest

Open to haiku poets worldwide, has no set theme, welcomes both the modern and traditional forms but it is restricted to the English language and unpublished haiku (including the Internet).

Number of entries: 3

Entry fee: A$10.00 (from within Australia), A$12.00 (from New Zealand if paid in banknotes or cheques drawn on an Australian bank in Australia) or US$10.00 in cash (international entries) applies to each sheet of three haiku.

Each entry/three haiku must be clearly marked on the back of the sheet or card with the entrant’s full name, address, including country and post/zip code and email address, if available and your preferred or pen name for use if selected for publication.

Deadline: March 1, 2009.

send your entries to Katherine Samuelowicz, paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069, Australia. Email entries will not be accepted.

An anthology of the best haiku submitted will be published from the contest. One copy will be provided free to authors of entries selected for publication.

Fist Prize: $A100.00; Second Prize: $A50.00 and Third Prize: $A25.00.


Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition 2009

Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2009.

Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following “Speculation” (Robert Spiess, A Year’s Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995): In haiku the juxtaposition or “confrontation” of entities produces a tension charged with energy that generates an insight, intuition or felt-depth of an aspect of reality; it is a movement, a birth, that leads to a new level of awareness [Prompted in part by a passage of C.G. Jung’s].

Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the author, and should not be under consideration in a contest or for publication elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a haiku in an Internet journal, a Web site, or a blog is considered publication, but sharing haiku on a private e-mail list is not. Of course, entries should not appear in an Internet journal, Web site, blog, or haiku list during the term of the competition.

Poets may submit a maximum of five haiku. Entries should be typed or printed legibly.

Submit three copies of each haiku on plain white 3´´ x 5´´ cards or paper. The haiku (one haiku per card) should appear on the face of each card. The poet’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if any) should appear on one of the three cards, in the upper left-hand corner above the haiku; the other two copies should contain only the haiku. Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be returned. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with the instructions will be discarded.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash or check (U.S. funds); make checks payable to Modern Haiku.

Send submissions to: Billie Wilson, 1170 Fritz Cove Road, Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA.


First Prize: $100 plus a signed, previously-loved copy of The Turtle’s Ears;

Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob’s The Shape of Water (1982);

Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bob’s Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001).

Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions and each will receive a copy of Bob’s A Year’s Speculations on Haiku (1995).

Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will be published in the summer 2009 issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site: on or before July 1, 2009. If you would like a list of the winners, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with your entries. Overseas entrants should provide one IRC with a self-addressed envelope.

More info:


Ukia Haiku Festival 2009

Deadline: postmarked March 13, 2009.

Festival Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009.

To enter, pick up a Haiku Submission Form at Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah Branch Library, or download the forms from You may also email* your submission; if you are entering category 9, you must still mail a check. Be sure the name on the check and the name on the poem submission match.

*email instructions: The body of the email must include a) Author Name, b) email address, c) category to which you are submitting, d) the poem, e) alternate/additional contact information. Email: [email protected]


1) General Topics, Children K-3 Grade

2) General Topics, Children 4-6 Grade

3) General Topics, Youth 7-9 Grade

4) General Topics, Youth 10-12 Grade

5) General Topics, Adult

6) Haiku about Ukiah, 18 & Under

7) Haiku about Ukiah, Adult

8) Contemporary Haiku, 18 & Under

9) Contemporary Haiku, Adult

The Adult Contemporary Haiku Category has a separate submission fee of $5 for up to three Haiku.

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of winning poems and publication in that booklet.

More info:


Robert Frost Adult Haiku Contest 2009

Deadline: Postmarked March 23, 2009.

Adult Haiku Contest

1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $50; 3rd Prize: $25 plus 2 honorable mentions.

Entry fee: $10 for 3 haiku.

3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables.

All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image.

Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or e-mail on one copy only.

Mail to:

Robert Frost Haiku Contest

Heritage House Museum

410 Caroline Street

Key West , FL 33040.

Make checks payable to Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival.

More info:


Summer Chapbook Contest 2009

Deadline: postmarked March 30, 2009.

Theme: Summer

Type: Haiku and/or Senryu combination of modern-English language poems.

Number of poems to submit: 8-12.

Previously published allowed with proper credits noted.

No entry fee.

Payment: $20.00 plus 20 copies.

Send 2 copies: one with title, poems, and author contact information; one with title and poems only. No SASE required.

The chapbook will be published and available for purchase in June 2009.

Postal Mail:

True Vine Press

Summer Chapbook 09

PO Box 150932

Lufkin, Texas 75915-0932

More info:


Mildred Kanterman Memorial 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 2008 and clearly must contain a printed 2008 ©. An author or publisher may submit more than one title.
Deadline: March 31, 2009 .
Cost: Free.
Full details: website.


Pučko otvoreno učilište Krapina i Društvo hrvatskih haiku pesnika će u Krapini 5. juna 2009. godine održati tradicionalni 11. Haiku dan - Dubravko Ivančan.

Pozivamo Vas na sudelovanje, te vas molimo da nam dostavite svoje radove:

- na književnom jeziku - slobodna tema - 3 rada

- na kajkavskom narečju

- slobodna tema - 3 rada

Ukupno 6 haiku pesama.

Radove poslati pod šifrom, a zapečaćenu kovertu s podacima molimo priložiti vašim materijalima u zajedničku kovertu.

Rok za slanje: 6. april 2009.

Adresa: Pučko otvoreno učiliste Krapina, p.p. 40. 49000 Krapina, Hrvatska


Kaji Aso Studio Contest

For haiku, senryua, tanka, haiga and "concise" haibun. Cash prizes totalling $US450, plus the Elizabeth Searle Lamb Memorial Prize of $US50.
Deadline: April 15, 2009.
Cost: $US2/2 IRC per poem.
Full detail: website.


Odžački haiku festival 2009

Konkurs za:
-- najbolje neobjavljene pesme i
-- ciklus godine

Radovi se šalju u tri primerka potpisana šifrom (rešenje šifre se dostavlja u posebnoj koverti)
Broj radova je ograničen na pet haiku pesama i jedan ciklus.
Konkurs je otvoren od 1. marta do 30. aprila 2009.
Adresa: Narodna biblioteka "Branko Radičević", Železnička 30, 25250 Odžaci
Tel. 025/743-179


Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Contest

Cash prizes totalling £300. Results on June 30, 2009.
Deadline: April 30, 2009.
Cost: £2.50/$US5/haiku; £5/$US10/3 haiku; £10/$US20 up to 10 haiku.
Full details: website.


Lyrical Passion Haiku Blossoms Contest

Limit 3 poems on the theme of spring and/or summer per entry /enter as many times as you like/.
Deadline: May 10, 2009.
Cost: $US3/entry (payment may be made via the website).
Email: [email protected] (No attachements please). Please type „HAIKU Blossoms“
in subject line.

By snail mail, please send a cover letter via snail mail with your name, brief bio, address, email, phone and title of your work along with a copy of your (anonymous submission with title) or send 2 copies-typed or neatly written poems on one paper or 3x5 index cards. Include contact info on the back of one card. Confirmation will be sent by email once payment has been received.


Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine
The Editors
1900 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 49
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Awards: 1st Place Prize -  $130.00 & Certificate; 2nd Prize -  $40.00; 3rd Prize - $10.00
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be posted on website.
Full details: website.


Francine Porad Haiku Award

Cash prizes totalling $US225 and publication in the Washington Poets Association journal, Cascade. Limit 10 poems.
Deadline: May 15, 2009.
Cost: $US5 entry fee + 1 poem, $US1/poem thereafter.
Full details and entry form: website.


Genkissu Spirits Up! Haiku Contest

Limit of 1 haiku, 3-line 5-7-5 haiku only, on the theme of "sky". Results on July 26, 2009.
Deadline: May 29 (send haiku from May 1 only), 2009.
Cost: Free.
Full details: website.


The 7th International Haiku Poetry Contest in Italian Language 

Participants: authors of any nationality and age

Admission: Free

Sections: individual: single authors - collective: schools and handicap area

Quantity: up to three unpublished traditional haikus in Italian (5-7-5 syllables)

Submission: only by filling in the form on line (by registration)

Deadline: May 31, 2009.

Prizegiving: Sunday 22nd November 2009 at Cascina Macondo - official ceremony 

Prizes: 114 classed haiku (57 individual section + 57 collective section) published in a volume 

1st-2nd-3rd prize individual section: a precious Raku bowl, certificate, haiku book

to the 1st prize also a one week stay for two people at Cinque Terre guests in a villa at Villaggio La Francesca (Bonassola-La Spezia-Italia)

to the 2nd prize also a one week stay for two people guests at Pensione Signorini (Castiglioncello-Livorno-Italia) 

1st-2nd-3rd prize collective section-ceramic Raku plaque

to the School-certificate and haiku book

to the student-book

to the teacher to the first ten classed in every section: a merit certificate 

Note 1: all submitted haikus will be published on the website of Cascina Macondo

Note 2: visitors of the website will be able to vote for their favourite haiku (visitors' votes are a useful reference in cases in which a haiku obtained by the jury an equal number of votes) 

Click here for the complete announcement in 14 languages:  


With Words International Online Haiku Competition

Cash prizes totalling £250.
3-line haiku only.
Deadline: May 31, 2009.
Cost: £2/haiku, £5/3 haiku or £10/10 haiku.
Full details: website. Online payment.


NZPS Haiku Contest

Top 5 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.
Deadline: May 31, 2009.
Cost: $NZ1/haiku, for NZPS members every 5th haiku is free.
Full details: webpage.


NZPS Junior Haiku Contest

Top 5 haiku/senryu will be awarded $NZ50 each; first place will also receive the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $NZ100. Open only to entrants who are 17 years of age or younger on May 31, 2009. Schools may send bulk entries, but poems must be clearly attributed to authors. Winners will be published in the NZPS annual anthology.
Deadline: May 31, 2009.
Cost $1/pair of haiku.
Full details: webpage.


Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest

Cash prizes totalling $US175 for haiku in 5-7-5 pattern. Each haiku must use only one kigo from the contest list.
Deadline: May 31, 2009.
Cost: $US7/page of 3 haiku.
Full details: website.


The 5th International Haiku Contest 'Kloštar Ivanić 2009', Croatia
organized by the Haiku Association Three Rivers, Ivanić Grad

3 unpublished haiku in English only.
Theme: Any theme is welcome, but remember Nature and man as a part of it.
Prizes: 1st USD50,00; 2nd USD30,00; 3rd USD20,00 and 12 Commendations.
Deadline:  May 31, 2009.
Cost: Free.
Open to all. Contestants must be 12 years or older.
Haiku may be sent by post or by e-mail.
Postal address:
The Haiku Association “Three Rivers”
Kolodvorska 44, 10310 Ivanić Grad, Croatia
E-mail: [email protected]

Results will be on the Internet no later than November 1, 2009.
A haiku meeting will be held during September or October in Kloštar Ivanić, Croatia.

Međunarodni festival "Melničke večeri poezije" (2, 3 i 4. oktobar 2009)

Opština Sandanski, opština Kočerinov, muzej "Vapcarov"- Sofija, almanah "Irin Pirin" i Fondacija "Melničke večeri poezije" raspisuju međunarodni konkurs za poeziju
Konkurs je javan i na slobodnu temu. Učesnici mogu poslati do 5 pesama ili 10 haikua, neobjavljenih, na srpskom, hrvatskom ili bugarskom jeziku, u 2 primerka zajedno sa imenom autora, adresom, telefonom, brojem mobilnog telefona i e-mail adresom.

Učesnicima koji radove šalju elektronskom poštom: stihove šaljite u priloženom fajlu (sve pesme i podatke o autoru zajedno u istom fajlu).
Rok za slanje radova: 1. jun 2009.

Kontakt i informacije:
2800 Sandanski
ul. Ilinden 24
Katerina Mihailova Čobanova
za konkurs "Melničke večeri poezije"
tel. 0746/ 3 68 57; 0896 62 42 93 i 0889 26 12 95
(pozivni za Bugarsku ++359)
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Velika nagrada "Melničke večeri poezije"
Prva, druga, treća nagrada

i posebne nagrade:

Specijalna nagrada almanaha "Irin Pirin"
Nagrada "Gorko vino" za pesmu o vinu
Nagrada povodom 100 godina od rođenja Vapcarova
Nagrada za haiku poeziju


The First Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest

Only unpublished three-lined haiku poems written in English and containing a season word are acceptable. Each contestant is allowed to submit up to two poems. Japanese translation is unnecessary.

Judging will be by Takeshi Iijima (President of the International Association of Japanese Studies, Professor Emeritus of Yamagata University), Noboru Oba (Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Yamagata City Culture Foundation), and an ALT of the Yamagata City Board of Education.

Two divisions:
(1) One division for high school students, college students and adults
(2) One division for junior high school students

Application procedure:
On one sheet of A4 size paper or a post card include the name, age, sex, nationality, address, and phone number of the applicant along with the poem. If the applicant is a junior or senior high school student, also include the name of his or her school.

Cost: free.

Deadline: Applications should be postmarked not later than Friday June 12, 2009.

Questions and applications should be addressed to:
999-3301 The Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum
4223 Nanin Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagataken, Japan

(1) Two top prizes in each division.
(2) Five distinguished prizes in each division.

The prize winners will be notified by mail in advance and they will be requested to attend the awards ceremony for the First Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest. The awards ceremony will be held on the12th of July, 2009, on the occasion of the awards ceremony for the 52nd National Yamadera Haiku Convention.


Penumbra Haiku Contest

Cash prizes totalling $US160 and publication in contest chapbook. 3-line haiku only. Winners notified by September 30, results on website by October 30, 2009.
Deadline: June 30, 2009.
Cost: $US3/haiku.
Full details: website.


Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards

Send up to three haiku, written in English, within the body of one email to:  [email protected].

By entering this competition you affirm that you hold copyright over the entries, that they are unpublished and will not be offered for publication elsewhere prior to 30th September, 2009, and you grant the Editor of Dreaming the one-time right to publish your haiku in the Dreaming Collection.

Haiku relevant in and to Australia (not necessarily about kangaroos, wattle or other things exclusive to Australia. Those that resonate with Australians might be received more sympathetically than those dealing with moose, Dolls Festival, The Thames, and snow at Christmas. Haiku already  published in The Dreaming Collection  are a good guide to what judges will consider relevant.)

Deadline:July 1, 2009.

Prizes: 1st AU$200;  2nd AU$100;  3rd AU$50 

The prize-winning haiku plus those awarded Honorable Mentions, as recommended by the Judges and approved by the Dreaming Editor, will be published in the Dreaming Collection for a minimum of three months,  perhaps as long as forever.

Entry Fee. None.

Results: Authors of prize-winning and honourably mentioned haiku will be advised by email and a copy of the results will be posted on the Dreaming website by 25th September 2009.  All other haiku are released for submission or publication elsewhere with effect from 30th September, 2009.


ITO EN Haiku Project 2009 - For Change, Hope & Progress

Submit a haiku in English (three lines, 5, 7, 5 syllables), not previously published or accepted for publication and not under consideration for publication nor submitted in any other competition by email to [email protected]  or by mail to:

2009 Haiku Project
c/o ITO EN
45 Main Street
Suite 3A
Brooklyn, NY  11201

(on a piece of paper no larger than 8” x 10” write your haiku, your first name, last name, address, and daytime phone number)

Deadline: July 6, 2009.

3 winners will be selected on July 20, 2009 and their haiku will be printed on bottles of TEA’S TEA in 2010.

full details:


Natsu HAIKU Summer Contest

Entries must be your original work in English. Contestants must be the sole copyright owner. Entries must be unpublished and not under consideration for publication. An entry consists of a signed copy of the printed entry form plus the haiku. One haiku only per entry.

Send entries plus a cheque or money order to Summer Haiku Contest, Thunder Bay International Arts Association, 97 Algoma Street South, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, P7B 3B7.

Cost: $10 Canadian per haiku

Deadline: 5.00 p.m., July 22, 2009.

Winners will be announced and presented at a public ceremony at the TBIFAA Offices at 97 South Algoma Street  in Thunder Bay on Aug 3rd, 2009. They will also be notified on this site on August 3rd and by Mail 

Full details and entry form:


Harold G Henderson Award

Cash prizes totalling $300 and winning haiku published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. Limit of 10 haiku.
Deadline: In hand July 31, 2009.
Cost: $US1/ haiku.
Full details: website.


Matsuo Basho Poetry Offerings
English Haiku Wanted

We are looking for haiku written in English that are original submissions or are unpublished work for our Haiku competition to be held during the Basho festival on October 12th, 2009.

Number of entries: a maximum of 10.

Deadline: July 31, 2009.

Cost: Free

Submit to:

The Basho poetry offerings supervisor
Basho-o Kinenkan (The Basho-o memorial museum)
Ueno Marunouchi 117-13,
Iga city, Mie prefecture
Japan 518-8770

If applying by postcard, please write your compositions on the back of the postcard and your name, address, nationality, and telephone number on the front.
If you want you can also include your poet's pseudonym as well. For simplicity's sake please keep haiku submissions to two per postcard.


by e-mail to: [email protected]

(Please be sure to include the same information as above /name, address, nationality and telephone number/)

Announcement of Prizewinners:

Prizewinners will be announced at a ceremony during the Basho festival in Iga on October 12th, 2009, as well as on the city's website.

Tel: +81 (0595) 21-2219 (Basho-o memorial museum)
+ 81 (0595) 22-9624

Full details:


Moonset Haiku Competition

Prizes are subscriptions and copies of Moonset. Results in the autumn/winter issue of moonset.
Deadline: In hand August 1, 2009.
Cost:: $US2/poem.
Full details: website. (It is possible to enter and pay via the website)


Sketchbook, Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms


Announcing July / August 2009 "cicada" Kukai

The July / August 2009 summer Kukai theme is "cicada" . Use the exact words "cicada"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

To: [email protected]
Subject: cicada kukai

Submissions: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 – Thursday, August 20, 2009 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, August 21 - Friday, August 28, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, August 31, 2009 Sketchbook.



Announcing July / August 2009 "beach" Thread

The theme of the July / August 2009 haiku thread will be anything to do with the beach.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "beach" Thread.

Subject Line: July / August 2009 "beach" haiku thread.
To: [email protected]

Deadlines: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 – Midnight Wednesday, August 26, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at July / August 2009 "beach" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Monday, August 31, 2009 Sketchbook.


Časopis za haiku IRIS poziva vas na tematski natječaj 

Časopis IRIS objaviti će po dva haikua/senrjua svakog domaćeg i inozmenog autora na temu promatranja noćnog neba 28. kolovoza, kada ćemo mi Zemljani Mars vidjeti velik kao Mjesec... 
Radovi će se primati do zaključno 30. 8. 2009, u ponoć. 
Deset autora s ponajboljim haikuima/senrjuima dobiti će časopis IRIS br. 3 gratis!
Radovi će biti objavljeni na standardu i engleskom jeziku. Prijevod na engleski nije nužan.
Radove slati urednici na adresu:[email protected]

A small haiku contest by haiku magazine IRIS, Croatia

The haiku magazine IRIS will publish 2 haiku/senry per author on the theme of watching the sky on August 28, 2009 when we expect to see the Mars as large as the Moon.... 

Please send your haiku/senryu by August 30, 2009.
10 authors with the most interesting haiku/senryu will receive a free copy of IRIS no. 3  as a gift.
Send your work to the editor: [email protected]


13th Annual Mainichi Haiku Contest

Three Sections:
1. General Section (for haiku in Japanese)
2. Children's Section (for haiku composed by those of junior high school age and under)
3. International Section (for haiku composed in English or French)

Entries in the General Section cost 2,000 yen for each pair of haiku. Money for general section entries should be sent by postal transfer to the Mainichi Haiku Taisho Jimukyoku (Mainichi haiku contest head office), account No. 00140-0-404438. International Section entries, Children's Section entries, and entries in Braille are free.

Limit: two haiku.
Entries must be original haiku and must not have been published or submitted anywhere else.

Applications are easy and can be posted or made over the Internet by fillingl out the online entry form.

Deadline: August 31, 2009 (send haiku from April 10, 2009).

Results for the winners of the International Section will be announced on the Mainichi Daily News Web site in January 2010.

Other winners will be announced in the Mainichi Shimbun and Mainichi haiku publications, in January 2010.


Cthulhu Haiku Contest

Cash prizes totalling $C40, plus books and journals. Winners published in Cthulhu Unbound anthology. Limit 3 poems. Each poem must contain an element of "Cthulhu mythos/lovecraft". Read the Wikipedia entry on that here. Email entries only.
Deadline: September 3, 2009.
Cost: Free.
Full details:


Ginyu Prize for Haiku Collections/Anthologies

¥100,000 prize. 
No limit to the size of the collection entered.
Results announced in the autumn edition of Ginyu magazine. 
Deadline: September 10, 2009.
ost: Free.
Send entries to Ginyu Press, 3-16-11 Tsurusenishi, Fujimi, Saitama 354-0026,
Japan or email [email protected]


14th Kusamakura Haiku Competition

Deadline: September 10, 2009.

Entries must be submitted by mail or homepage.
Each entrant can enter up to two haiku poems, and they must be unpublished and in English.
Please include: Name, current address, gender, e-mail address, and phone number.

Cost: Free.


-- Kusamakura Taisho (Grand Prize) to one winner (round-trip airfare to Kumamoto and accomodations for 4 days, 3 nights at a local hotel and Yen 50,000).
-- Chikasuitoshi Kumamoto Shou ( Kumamoto ‘City of Artesian Waters ’ Haiku Award) to one winner: commemorative gift.
-- Tokusen (Second Prize) to 8 Winners: Yen 5,000.
-- Nyusen (Third Prize) to 20 winners.

Winners will be informed by mail at the beginning of November 2009. Prizes will be awarded at the Kumamoto city general gymnasium and youth center on November 14, 2009.

Publications will only be sent to winning individuals during the latter half of Febuary 2010.
Send your haiku to “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office‚ƒ/o Bunka Kokusai Ka
(Cultural and International Affairs Section) City of Kumamoto, 1-1 Tetorihoncho, Kumamoto City 860-8601, Japan

Application form:


Haiku International Association Contest

Limit 2 haiku. Winners announced November 28. The results will appear in the HI journal and on the HIA website.
Deadline: September 10, 2009.
Cost: Free.
Full details:


World Haiku Contest


Cash prizes totalling $US170 with winners and honourable mentions posted on the Lyrical Passion website. Haiku on the theme of autumn and winter. Entry and payment may be made via the website, or by snail mail.  Note the contest “requires first and electronic rights”.

Deadline: September 15, 2009 (don’t send haiku before June 15 please).

Cost: $US2/haiku or $US7/5 haiku.

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The 5th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition

Haiku must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. Any theme is acceptable.

Send two copies of each haiku, or group of haiku, with your name and address on one copy only.

Entry fee: NZ$5 for every 3 haiku; for overseas entries, US$1 per haiku. Please make cheques out to Kokako. Overseas entrants may send cash at their own risk


Deadline: October 31, 2009.

First Prize: NZ$200
2 Runners-up prizes NZ$50 each

Winning haiku and commended entries will be published in Kokako 12 (April 2010).Winners will be notified by mail.

Send entries to:
Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition
Patricia Prime, co-editor
42 Flanshaw Road
Te Atatu South
Auckland 0610
New Zealand

Any queries, email: [email protected]


Haiku Presence Award

Cash prizes totalling £200. Winners published in Haiku Presence.
Deadline: October 31, 2009.
Entry fee:: £5/$US10/€10 for up to 5 haiku; additional entries £1/$US2/€2 per haiku.
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IHS International Haiku Competition 2009

The Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English. In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

Deadline: postmarked by 31th October, 2009.

No e-mail submissions, please!

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2009 San Francisco International Competition Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay  

Deadlines for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka:In hand, October 31, 2009.

Deadlines for Rengay: In hand, November 30, 2009.

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. There is no limit to the number of submissions.

A first prize of $100 will be awarded in each of the four categories. For the Haiku and rengay contests only, second and third prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded.

Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Submission Guidelines

Type or print each entry on two 3 x 5 cards. In the upper left corner of each card identify its category as Haiku, Senryu, or Tanka. On the back of one card only, print your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (optional).

Entry fee - $1.00 per poem.

Send haiku, senryu and tanka submissions, along with entry fee, to HPNC, c/o John Thompson, 4607 Burlington Place, Santa Rosa CA 95405

More details at:


The 2009 James W Hackett/BHS International Haiku Award

Haiku must be original, in English, not previously published nor under consideration for publication or entered in any other competition.

Deadline: in hand by 30 November, 2009.

Award: Two winning haiku will be chosen, each by a separate adjudicator.
            The winning authors will each receive a prize of £70 and …
            One year’s free subscription to The British Haiku Society.
            Winning and commended haiku will be published in Volume 20 no. 2 (June 2010) of Blithe Spirit
            and here on the BHS website some time prior to June.

Winning and commended haiku will be published on the BHS website, in Blithe Spirit and in the call for entries for next year’s Award, and may be archived (eg. by British Poetry Library). Otherwise, copyright is retained by the authors.

Each haiku must be printed or typed onto three separate 5 x 3 in (125 x 75 mm) sheets or cards.
Entrant's name and address to be on the back of only one sheet/card in each set of three.

Submissions to be sent by post to Hackett Award, Newton House, Holt Rd, North Elmham, Norfolk NR20 5JQ, UK.

An entry must be accompanied by the flat rate entry fee of £3.00 or US$6.00 for up to three haiku, and £1.00 or US$2.00 per haiku thereafter.
Cheques and Orders should be made payable to 'British Haiku Society'.
Due to high currency and clearance charges, payment can only be accepted in Sterling by cheque drawn on a UK bank branch, by British Postal Order, in Sterling / US cash, or by Sterling International Money Order.
All BHS Committee Members are debarred from entry.
For notification of results, please enclose a self-addressed envelope with appropriate UK stamp, or two IRCs, (which must be stamped by the issuing office) or US$1.00 (so, US$7 in bills covers both entry fee and notification).

Adjudication: A shortlist will be prepared by a BHS sub-Committee from anonymous copies of the submissions.
James W Hackett and Dee Evetts will then each choose a winning poem and up to four commended poems.


Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition

The winning manuscript will be announced in February 2010. The author will be awarded 10 free copies, plus a contract for 10% royalties on the sale of other copies of the chapbook. The winner will work with the production team on the chapbook design. Send between 12 and 24 pages with 2 haiku/page. An electronic copy is also required.
Deadkine: December 1, 2009.
Cost: $US30.
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The Winter Moon Awards for Haiku 2009

Deadline: In hand December 1, 2009.

Prizes: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; Third Prize: $25; Zen Award (if warranted): $25. Honorable Mentions. Winners living outside the US will receive subscriptions to haiku journals in place of cash prizes.

Entry Fee: None

Rules: All haiku must be the entrant's original, unpublished work, and not under consideration by any publication or other contest.

Submissions: Up to 10 haiku in English, typed (or printed legibly) on one sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper. Submit 2 copies. Provide name, address and pen name, if you use one, in upper left corner of one copy only.

Correspondence: Send #10 (4 c x 9 ½ ) SASE (outside US, SAE and 1 IRC) for notification of results. No entries will be returned.  

Mail entries to: Carolyn Thomas, 7866 Hogan Circle, Hemet, CA 92545, USA


Foundation for Water & Energy Education Haiku Contest

Limit 1 haiku, on the theme of hydropower in 5-7-5 format. Winners announced January 22.
Deadline: December 4, 2009.
Cost: Free
For more information see the website.


Submission Call: 3Lights Gallery

3YEARS/3LIGHTS: An Anniversary Celebration To celebrate three years of 3lights in January 2010 we are hosting a bumper edition of our popular open-submission exhibitions. 3years/3lights will present the best in haiku, senryu, tanka and kyoka being written in English today. We invite you to send up to ten unpublished haiku/senryu/tanka/kyoka on any theme in the body of an email, along with a brief biography, to threelightsgallery@ The deadline for submissions is December 15th 2009. The exhibition will open on January 15th 2010. For further submission details, and for submission guidelines, please visit  


The 2010 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards

Deadline: In-hand by January 31, 2010.

Eligibility: Open to the public, aged 14 and up. (Only the contest coordinators are prohibited from entering.)

Awards: Total of $300.00 in prize money: First Place, $175.00; Second Place, $75.00; Third Place, $50.00. Five ranked Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. (Contest coordinators reserve the right to lower the prize money if sufficient entries are not received to cover the stated awards.)

Submissions: All entries must be the original work of the poet, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.

Entry fee: $1.00 per poem. Poets may enter up to 15 haiku. Entry fee must accompany submission.

Submission Guidelines: Print or type each individual haiku on three separate 3-inch x 5-inch white index cards. On the back of ONE CARD ONLY print or type your name, address, and email address (if one is available). Include a No. 10 (business-size) SASE (or SAE plus US$1 for return postage for entries sent from outside the U.S.) for notification. Also enclose your entry fee in U.S. currency or check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to “HPCM/Elizabeth Fanto.” ENTRIES NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE RETURNED OR (IF SUFFICIENT POSTAGE AND/OR ENVELOPE ARE LACKING) DISCARDED. Entries without SASE or SAE + return postage will not receive winner notification.

Send entries to: Haiku Poets of Central Maryland, c/o Elizabeth Fanto, 51 Gerard Avenue, Timonium, MD 21093 USA. DO NOT EMAIL ENTRIES.

Notification/publication: Winners’ list will be mailed on April 6, 2010, to commemorate Anita Sadler Weiss’ birthday. Notification of winning poems will be sent to all competition participants and made available to the public for an SASE while supplies last. The winning poems also will be printed in The Dragonfly, the newsletter of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland. All rights remain with the poets.


7th ukiaHaiku contest and festival 

Ukiah is a northern California town whose name, backwards, spells “Haiku.” In 2010 the City of Ukiah will hold its 7th annual haiku contest and festival. 

The festival encourages local, national, and international submissions of Contemporary Haiku.  

Fee:  $5 for up to three haiku. 
Limit: Maximum 3 haiku per person.
Eligibility: age 19 and over.
Submission Guidelines: 
If emailing: Follow instructions on website, or: 

1) Send a separate email for each haiku to [email protected]. Send no more than three haiku. In body of email include: a) author's name; b) email address; c) the category (Contemporary); d) the poem; e) alternate/additional contact information;
2) Send the fee by snail mail to ukiaHaiku festival, POB 865, Ukiah, CA 95482.
If snail mailing: Go to and download the form. Follow instructions on the form.
Deadline: February 26, 2010 (postmark or email date).
Judging: Internationally famous haiku poet Jane Reichhold will judge the Contemporary Haiku category. 

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of winning poems and publication in that booklet.

Festival and Awards Ceremony: Sunday April 18, 2010, 2 p.m. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the festival to read their poems. 



Thanks to Haiku NewZ for sharing some of this contest information.









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