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Submit to Contests

This section contains links to information about contests. We hope the links are useful and informative. Links to contests other than those sponsored by the Haiku Society of America do not imply an endorsement by the HSA.


Deadline Month


January 2004

Simply Haiku New Year Photo-Haiku Kukai

December 2004

The 2005 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Award

February 2004

15th Ito En "Oh-I, Ocha!" New Haiku Contest (sponsored by Ito En tea company)

March 2004

8th Annual Mainichi Haiku Contest

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for Grades 7-12

The Annual Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation, and Criticism

The Francine Porad Award for Haiku

April 2004

Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest 2004

May 2004

 The Kiyoshi Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest 2004

June 2004

The Haiku Calendar Competition

July 2004

The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku

The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Best Unpublished Senryu

August 2004


September 2004


Basho's 360th Anniversary Web Haiku Contest

The HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

The Sixth Annual HIA Haiku Contest (Deadline: Postmarked September 17th,2004)

Creating Reality Haiku Competition for a 17 syllable Haiku, 5-7-5 or free form. First prize
£100. (Closing date September 24th 2004.

October 2004

2004 San Francisco International Competition Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay

Haiku Presence Award 2004

The Snapshot Haiku Collection Competition 2004


January 2005

Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest

March 1, 2005

2005 National League of American Pen Women International Haiku Contest


Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2005 (Postmarked)

Languages: English, Italian, Japanese, Russian.

Entry Fee: $2 (or two IRC if abroad) per haiku on three 3"X5"
cards, one with name/address.

No limit on the number of haiku All rights will revert back to the authors after February 2005.

SASE or one IRC, please, for the results and the replicas of the studio art.

Prizes $250, $150, $50.

10 honorable mentions will be published in DASOKU and the magazine will be mailed to the 13 winners!

Special prizes from the Japanese Consul in Boston.

Kaji Aso Studio
40 St Stephen St
Boston, MA 02115

The Francine Porad Award for Haiku

Deadline: March 1, 2004

The Washington Poets Association has added a haiku contest to its annual Poetry Contest for 2004. The Francine Porad Award for haiku, which will promote the art of haiku writing, honors a leading figure in Northwest haiku. The contest was named to honor painter and haiku writer Francine Porad. She's the former President of the Haiku Society of America and editor for eight years of BRUSSELS SPROUT, an international journal of haiku and art. There are nineteen collections of her published haiku, with haiku in current issues of publications in the U.S., Canada, England, Croatia, Australia, Romania and Japan. She lives in Washington state.

Entry form & fee: The entry fee is $5 plus $1 poem. Fine print and 2004 entry form can be downloaded at www.washingtonpoets.org.

Prizes: Cash prizes totaling $200 will be paid for first, second and third place haiku..

Adjudication: Our 2004 judge will be Michael Dylan Welch. He has been writing haiku since 1976. Originally from England, he now lives in the Seattle area. He's editor and publisher of Press Here haiku books and of "Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem." He co-founded the Haiku North America haiku conference, and in 1996 he co-founded the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento, Calif.

Additional Information: For more information or to have an entry form mailed to you, contact John Burgess, 9716 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 or WPAeditor@comcast.net.

The Kiyoshi Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest 2004

Deadline: May 31, 2004

The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society would like to announce the annual Kiyoshi Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest for 2004. Selected English language haiku will be judged by an eminent haiku expert in Japan. The haiku must be written in 17 syllables, in 5-7-5 pattern. Each haiku must use one kigo (season word) from the contest list. Haiku with more that one recognized kigo, or that do not use a listed kigo will be disqualified. The top three winning haiku will receive cash prizes. The in-hand deadline is May 31, 2004.

2004 Contest Kigo List:

New Year:  New Year's Eve, first laughter
Spring:  beach combing, muddy fields, March wind, wisteria
Summer:  tree shade, bats, strawberry, hide-and-seek
Autumn:  chilly night, haunted house, mushroom gathering, katydid
Winter:  winter ocean, tangerine, flu, bear

Entry Fee: $7.00 per page of three haiku. No limit on entries. Entries will not be returned.

Submit 4 copies of each page, with your name and address on only one copy, typed on 8 1/2" X 11" paper.

Make checks or money orders payable to "Yuki Teikei Haiku Society". Overseas entrants please use International Postal Money Order, in U.S. Currency only. For results list, send an SASE marked "Contest Winners".

Entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. No previous winning haiku are eligible. The contest is open to anyone, except for current officers of the Society.

Final selection will be made by a distinguished haiku poet. The Society may print winning poems and commentary in its newsletter, annual anthology, and current brochures.

Send entries to:
"Tokutomi Contest"
Jean Hale, Secretary
Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
5135 Cribari Place
San Jose, CA 95135

Any further questions, please contact Contest Coordinator, Alison Woolpert, at awool@cruzio.com or send her an SASE at 235 Sunset Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.


2005 National League of American Pen Women International Haiku Contest

Sponsored by The Palomar Branch

National League of American Pen Women

All proceeds generated from this contest provide a scholarship for a deserving student entering college.

Adjudication: Yvonne M. Hardenbrook

Contest is open to the public.

Prizes: $100. $50. $25. Honorable Mentions. Winners will be notified by mail and their poems published in a chapbook. All rights revert to authors after publication.

Deadline: March 1, 2005.

Haiku must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. Any style of haiku is acceptable; syllable count can be less than 17.

Submit two copies of each haiku, typed or printed in English, on a 3" x 5" (75mm x 125mm) card or similar sized paper. On ONE copy, print name, address, phone number and e-mail. One haiku per card, but any number of haiku may be entered.

Entry fee: Two haiku for $5.00. Checks or money orders (US funds only) payable to NLAPW.

For list of winners, send a business-sized SASE or a SAE with an IRC.

Mail to: NLAPW Contest, 12063 Lomica Drive, San Diego, CA 92128, USA.
Questions: e-mail Contest Coordinator, Faith Berlin: wordhog1@juno.com

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