In recent months, one of my haiku received an Honourable Mention in a Croatian haiku competition while another received an Honourable Mention in an Irish contest.
With a number of countries now running competitions for haiku written in English, I thought it might be helpful to provide links to various of these competition websites. Please see the list below.
My haiku from the 2021 Little Iris Haiku Contest (Croatia) was:
the soft cover
of this book
While my haiku from the 2021 Irish Haiku Society Competition was:
night and day
The list below excludes haiku competitions from Japan, as I’ve provided links to several of these competitions in an earlier post. You can see my post on Japanese haiku competitions here.
The following list includes many of the more prominent English-language haiku competitions that are run from countries other than Japan. While the list is quite extensive, I don’t claim that it’s fully comprehensive. From year to year, a new competition might commence, while an existing competition might cease to operate. So, please always check the current timeframes and submission guidelines with the competition’s own website before submitting any entries.
This list does, nevertheless, provide access to many of the best known English-language haiku competitions around the world. The list is presented alphabetically by location and contest name. Best of luck with any entries you might submit.
Canada: The Betty Drevniok Award
Croatia: Little Iris Haiku Contest
New Zealand (Open and Junior categories): New Zealand Poetry Society International Haiku Competition
USA: Francine Porad Award
USA (Open and Junior categories): Haiku Society of America Haiku and Senryu Awards
Many organisations in Japan conduct haiku competitions and, given the world-wide popularity of the genre, several competitions invite haiku written in the English language (several links to these competitions are provided at the end of this post). I was fortunate to have two haiku recognised in recent Japanese contests: the Basho-an International English Haiku Competition… Read More Haiku Competitions in Japan