Others’ Contests / Promotions

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Since we sometimes receive requests to advertise others’ haiku contests or calls for submissions, we have created this page as a place for you to do so. Contest promoters, editors of other online haiku sites, this is your spot on the Icebox! The ads/calls will simply build up as comments here, where they can be accessed and copied by Hailstone poets – and others besides. The notices, although posted as comments, will still be subject to editorial trimming, but we certainly wish to help you publicise anything that seems worthy. A few of them might be copied from time to time and circulated at our seminars or meetings.

19 responses to “Others’ Contests / Promotions


    An open theme haiku contest with proceeds going to the Haiku Pathway project in Katikati, New Zealand.

    Thanks to Katikati Advertiser for sponsoring the bulk of the cash prizes – 18 & over: $NZ100 for first; $NZ50 for second and $NZ25 for third; 17 & under: $NZ50, $NZ25, $NZ15.


    • Poems should preferably be typewritten, otherwise clearly handwritten.

    • Haiku should not have been previously published (including on the web or broadcast).

    • Submit 2 copies of each haiku with 1 only including your name, address, e-mail address, and for the junior section only, your age. Putting several poems on an A4 sheet is fine.

    • Entry fee: $US5 for each group of 3 haiku or $US2/haiku. Unlimited entries.

    • Entries in hand by Friday, April 16. Post to: Katikati Haiku Contest, PO Box 183, Katikati 3166, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

    • Results will be announced and presented on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

    • A judge’s report will be sent by email, otherwise please include a stamped addressed envelope.

    • Any entry not accompanied by the correct entry fee will be disqualified. Entrants send cash at their own risk.

    Inquiries to nzhaiku@gmail.com

    To read more about the pathway go to http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/katikati-haiku-pathway

    Good luck to all entrants!

  2. The NCSU Insect Museum is hosting an insect-themed haiku contest, with submissions due by March 20th. Details can be found at this webpage:

    We judge senryu, haiku, haiga, and any other “one-breath” poems as equivalent, and as long as there is a reference to an insect or some related arthropod the poem is eligible! Anyone can submit up to three poems for free (friends of the Insect Museum can submit as many as they want; details at http://insectmuseum.org/friends/) by March 20th, and we have small prizes for best in show and runner-up for adult poet and poet under the age of 13.

  3. “Welcome to Komatsu!” is a new musical that has characters from Japanese history living in the present. Matsuo Basho is one of the leads – a budding haiku poet with a trashcan full of rejection letters, he makes a website and meets a gal online. They meet in Komatsu (one of the stops on Basho’s Narrow Road to the Far North), but not before trouble at the airport. Playing in March in Komatsu (Ishikawa Prefecture), London, Gateshead, and the town of Schwaz, Austria. see http://osugimusicaltheatre.com

  4. 2011 JRR Renku Contest – just two weeks left to enter! Our original call follows:

    Further to our call for content for the Journal of Renga & Renku, we are delighted to announce this year’s renku contest which will be judged by well-known renku poet, Eiko Yachimoto. Details below:

    Entry fee: None

    Deadline: 1 October 2011


    1. The winning poem will be published, together with a detailed critique, in the 2011 issue of the Journal of Renga & Renku. All entries will be considered as content for inclusion in the journal.

    2. A small (and yet to be selected) prize will be sent by way of congratulation to the sabaki or one designated participant of the winning poem.


    1. Only renku in the shisan form are eligible for this contest

    2. There is no limit on the number of entries you may send

    3. Both solo and collaborative shisan are eligible

    4. Previously published shisan are also eligible for the contest

    5. Shisan that include verses written by the contest judge or editors of JRR, or led by them, are NOT eligible for this contest

    Entry procedure

    The leader or sabaki of the poem is designated the contest entrant and should do the following:

    1. Send a clean copy of the poem (stripped of initials, schema notes, renju’s names etc.) as a Word (or RTF) document attachment to RengaRenku@gmail.com (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com)

    2. Mark the subject line: Shisan contest/name of poem/name of sabaki, e.g. Shisan contest/October’s Moon/Moira Richards

    3. In the body of the email, paste the following text:

    I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of the participating poets to enter this poem in the 2011 JRR Renku Contest, and to offer it for publication by JRR

    4. There is no need to list the names or number of poets who contributed to the poem. We’ll contact you later for this information if we decide to publish.

    Judging criteria

    The judges will look for:

    1. evidence of appreciation of both the renku genre and its shisan form

    2. successful employment of jo-ha-kyû movement

    3. effective use and variety in linking techniques

    4. a rattling good poem

    Contest judges

    Eiko Yachimoto will judge this contest. Eiko has been a member of the Association for International Renku (AIR) for 15 years, and her experience and expertise in the realm of both Japanese and English-language renku is widely recognised. Eiko is editor of both Wind Arrow: renku anthology (1999) and of Wind Arrow 2: shisan anthology (2010)

    Why a one-form renku contest?

    Every JRR contest will feature a different form of the genre, in order to

    a) promote appreciation of the distinctive features of the various forms of the genre and how they can be employed to different ends in the writing of poems, and

    b) encourage poets to explore more fully the possibilities of one form, and to appreciate what others do with it.

    The shisan

    The Shisan adopts the jo-ha-kyu dynamic found in the Kasen. Despite its brevity it is formally divided into four sides. There is one season per side. Seasons follow in calendar order.

    The poem typically has two spring, two autumn, one winter and one summer verse. The autumn verses are always grouped as a pair, spring likewise.

    Moon and blossom normally appear in association with their traditional season – autumn and spring respectively. However moon may appear in association with any season, though not in association with a non-season verse. Likewise flower, any type of bloom, may replace blossom and appear in association with any season, though not in association with a non-season verse.

    A grouped pair of love verses appears on side 2, 3 or 4.

    —John Carley, Renku Reckoner

    Want to learn more about renku and shisan?

    1. Lots of great reading matter, including information about the shisan form, from John Carley here:

    and excellent material from the late Bill Higginson here:

    2. Lots of space to learn, write and meet other renku enthusiasts at The Renku Group here:

    Norman Darlington
    Moira Richards
    Darlington Richards Press

    Do you have a collection of haiku/senryu that you would like to have published in a finely bound, handmade edition? Turtle Light Press is now accepting manuscripts for its third biennial haiku contest.

    You can check out past winning books, Sketches From the San Joaquin by McClintock, All That Remains by Lee, or a full copy of the guidelines at http://www.turtlelightpress.com. The contest will be judged by Kwame Dawes and Rick Black. All manuscripts must be postmarked by December 1, 2011. Any questions, please email rick@turtlelightpress.com

    We look forward to receiving and reading your entries!

  6. Janice M Bostok Haiku Award:
    A New International Contest

    It is with great pleasure that Paper Wasp announces that it will honour Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, with a new international haiku award.
    The Janice M Bostok Award will replace the long-running Jack Stamm contest which honoured the Japan-based American beat generation haiku poet who was part of a Japanese initiative to reinvigorate Australian haiku in the late 1980s.
    The Janice M Bostok Award will be inaugurated with the announcement of award details in several languages on international haiku websites in April.
    The new award will be truly international in scope and looks forward to attracting the very best of haiku from around the world – in keeping with Janice’s recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form.
    As with the Jack Stamm contest, all entries will be in the English language and anthologies produced from the award will be lodged with various state libraries, the National Library in Canberra and with the Tokyo library of the Museum of Haiku Literature in Japan to ensure a permanent record is retained for posterity.

  7. We would love for you all to submit your work to our Haiku feature at Extract(s). Every Wednesday we feature an original Haiku with an original photograph (by the same person). We are flexible with the feature, having already run a Tanka-photo combination, a photo-haiga, and we will soon feature a Choka-photo combination. You can check us out at dailydoseoflit.com. There is a link to our online submission manager there.

    We look forward to seeing your work!

    Jenn & Chris


    We are accepting offers of content for the third issue of our Journal of Renga & Renku, which is now listed with the Bibliography of Asian Studies and the MLA International Bibliography. The journal will be:

    1. published early 2013

    2. available in hardcopy only

    3. available for secure online purchase using Paypal

    We’re looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

    1. Academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre

    2. Translations of old renga and renku

    3. News of renku groups and happenings

    4. Book articles/reviews

    5. Letters responding to the content of previous issues, or on any relevant topic

    6. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:

    a) in English

    b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation

    c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)

    d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us immediately of acceptance, for purposes of acknowledgement

    e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, imachi, yotsumono, etc.

    f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts, and even rhyme

    g) solo and group work

    h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both

    i) Please include the following text in all poetry submissions: “I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of the participating poets to offer this poem for publication by JRR”

    7. We are also holding a contest, the winning poem to appear in JRR3; see http://darlingtonrichards.com/contest for details

    8. We’re open to discussing content ideas we’ve not covered above, so please write

    9. All communications will be acknowledged within two weeks

    10. Closing date for sending content: October 1, 2012

    11. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage

    To gain an idea of the sort of content that interests the editors, leaf through the previews of our previous issues (or, better still, buy them) at http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/jrr

    Please send all contributions and other communications to RengaRenku@gmail.com (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com).

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Norman Darlington
    Moira Richards
    Journal of Renga & Renku


    Darlington Richards are pleased to announce the launch of the Little Book of Yotsumonos.

    John Carley’s recently-designed four-verse renku format is represented by 60 poems, wherein Carley collaborates with such well-known haikai poets as Hortensia Anderson, Lorin Ford, Carole MacRury, Sandra Simpson, William Sorlien and Sheila Windsor, together with an introduction to the form.

    “I have always been impressed by John Carley’s knowledge of Japanese linked verse… It is my sincere hope that this new form of linked verse will take root.” —Nobuyuki Yuasa, Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University, and translator of Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Penguin Classics, 1966).

    “the Little Book of Yotsumonos opens up a world of poetic possibility, sourced by the old, both the Chinese and Japanese poetic traditions, yet fresh and original… I suspect few will be able to read this book without wanting to try and compose a yotsumono themselves.” —Sonja Arntzen, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, and translator of The Kagero Diary and Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud Anthology.

    PREVIEW the Little Book of Yotsumonos at http://darlingtonrichards.com/lboy_preview

    PURCHASE this book at http://darlingtonrichards.com/lboy_buy

  10. Edge Of The Pond, Selected haiku and tanka by Darrell Lindsey, was published by Popcorn Press ( http://www.popcornpress.com), and is also available on Amazon.com, Tower.com, BN.com, etc. His haiku and tanka have won awards in the United States, Japan. Croatia, Bulgaria, Canada, Romania, and Poland.

    fishing late
    the boat full
    of one cricket

  11. (posted for Gilles and Maeve)

    The Royal Canal Haiku Competition 2013,
    in association with Haiku Ireland

    Haiku Ireland (www.haiku-ireland.com) are delighted to announce the launch of a Haiku Competition in association with the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre (http://www.volunteerdublincitynorth.ie/).

    The Centre is planning a Royal Canal Day on Saturday 12 October 2013, which will involve cleaning up the canal as well as celebrating the life and local stories of the canal. For this event, it has been decided to hold a haiku competition on the following theme: canal and city waterways.

    Prizes (cash and haiku publications) will be awarded to the winners and the winning haiku will be painted on a wall along the canal.

    1. Rules

    1.1 Applicants
    Eligibility: this competition is open to all (judges excluded) and there is no submission fee.

    1.2 Theme
    The theme for all entries is canal and city waterways. These words do not have to be in the entry but the theme is to be present in all entries.

    1.3 Entries
    All entries must be submitted by e-mail to the following address haikuireland@gmail.com with the following subject: Royal Canal Haiku Competition 2013.
    The author’s full name, age and postal address must be included.
    Each applicant can enter up to three haiku poems, in one single e-mail posting.
    Entries may be submitted in any language but an English version must be provided. Judges will determine the winners based on English-language versions. All rights revert to the authors after publication of the results.
    All entries must be original to the author and cannot have been previously published. Haiku submissions to this competition cannot be sent to any other publications for consideration until after the announcement of the winners (12 October 2013). Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content.

    2. Deadline
    Entries must comply with the above rules and be received by 30 September 2013 (midnight, GMT).

    3. Judges
    Gilles Fabre. Gilles Fabre is the editor of the independent bilingual site Haiku Spirit and his haiku have been published in Ireland, France, UK, USA, Japan, Australia, Belgium, India and Canada. Gilles is a founder member of Haiku Ireland and has won the Museum of Haiku Literature Award (British Haiku Society). Because of a Seagull, his first collection published by the Fishing Cat Press, received international critical acclaim.

    Maeve O’Sullivan. Maeve O’Sullivan has published her haiku and poems very widely, and some have won awards and been anthologised. Her first collection of haiku, Initial Response, was published in 2011 by Alba Publishing and was well-received. Her second collection, Changing the River, will be forthcoming from Alba in 2014. Maeve is a founder member of Haiku Ireland and conducts workshops in haiku with adults and children.

    4. Prizes
    The winners’ results are to be announced on October 12, 2013.
    Grand Prize to one winner: €100, and a selection of haiku publications. The winning haiku will be painted on a wall along the canal (by entering the competition, the applicant agrees to this).
    Second Prize: €50, and a selection of haiku publications.
    Third Prize: €25, and a selection of haiku publications.

    5. Haiku Guidelines
    Entries do not need to follow a strict syllable count or to be in three lines. A haiku is a short poem that conveys the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition. Visit Haiku Spirit (www.haikuspirit.org) for more information on haiku, samples and links.

    6. Suggested Entry Format
    This suggested format includes all requested information.

    E-mail subject: Royal Canal Haiku Competition 2013
    E-mail text body:
    Full name (i.e. name/surname and first name):
    Postal Address (including country of residence):
    E-mail address:
    Entries (maximum of 3):

  12. Special Call for Submissions for online publication, as well as possible inclusion in print anthology and monetary prizes:

    For Issues 3 and 4 of the online literary journal KYSO Flash (which are scheduled to launch, respectively, on the first of June and October, 2015), we are looking especially for haibun stories and tanka tales — which include more fictional elements than “factional.” In other words, embellished or imagined realities, but using techniques of haibun and/or tanka.

    Depending on volume and quality of submissions received, we will print a special-edition anthology of haibun and tanka stories in November, 2015. Monetary prizes also may be awarded, in addition to the payment that authors receive for rights to publish their work(s) in our online journal.

    For details, please see Special Calls for Submissions:


    Please note that there is no limit on number of submissions that may be considered from individual contributors. However, each submission of up to five pieces must be accompanied by a five-dollar administrative fee. Works must be original and unpublished elsewhere.

  13. Renku Reckoner by John Carley

    Darlington Richards Press are proud to announce the publication of John Carley’s eagerly awaited 186-page “haikai manifesto.”

    – Descriptions, seasonal schemas, appraisals and examples of twelve traditional and modern renku forms, from the 36-verse kasen to the 4-verse yotsumono.
    – 19 chapters on renku theory and practice, including a series of carefully constructed exercises.

    Carley’s reputation as a leading theorist in English-language renku is the result of 15 years’ work, during which time he led hundreds of linked verse sequences and translated a significant number of Edo period kasen. This book is the culmination of those efforts.

    In addition to reworked and expanded versions of a number of previously published articles, Renku Reckoner contains several new chapters expounding the author’s latest arguments, as well as a dozen complete poems, some never before published, including a new translation of the Basho-school kasen “Purveyors of Verse” (Shi akindo, 1682).

    This authoritative work will be a welcome addition to the library of any poet or reader, beginner or advanced, with a serious interest in collaborative poetry in English.

    To order a copy of Renku Reckoner, or any of our titles, visit our bookshop at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/darlingtonrichards

  14. This, just in from Srikaanth Khrishnamurthy, ex-ed. of Blithe Spirit ….


    A New print journal of haikai
    Submissions OPEN
    1 March to 31 March
    There is no submission fee

    Dear friends and fellow poets

    I am excited to be starting ephemerae, a new paper/print journal for all things haikai. ephemerae will consider everything that may fall under the haikai umbrella- haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, tanka prose, renku, rengay, cherita (yes), individual or collaborative poems & sequences, essays, reviews… if you think some other form highlights the haikai spirit, do submit it!

    ephemerae will appear as a Quarterly with cover dates of April, July, October and January. The actual issue will be posted out early in the month following each cover date.

    The submission windows are one calendar month long for each issue- March, June, September and December.

    Now accepting submission for Volume 1, A.
    1 March to 31 March

    Please submit a maximum of 8 unpublished pieces to Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy at


    with Subject “submission to ephemerae- ‘poet’s name’”

  15. The Fishing Cat Press is pleased to announce the launch of
    s e a s h o r e s, an international journal to share the spirit of haiku The objective of seashores is to share haiku from all over the world and explore how the way and the spirit of haiku, with its power to connect us to nature and our world can play a role in poetry and our lives in general. Editorial team: Paul Chambers (www.paulchambershaiku.com) and Gilles Fabre (Haiku Spirit) with the contribution of David Burleigh. You may go to http://www.haikuspirit.org to view more information on seashores including content and the biographies of the editors. Submissions: You are all welcome to submit a maximum of eight (8) haiku/senryu, in any combination. Essays or articles on haiku are also welcome (app. 800 words max). All copyrights to remain with the author. The submissions deadline for issue 1 is: 30 June 2018 for publication in autumn 2018. Send all submissions (and any request of information) to haikuspirit@haikuspirit.org Please enter Submissions for Seashores in the email subject. Family name, first name as well as country must be included in the email body text. All participants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the submissions with more information on the journal, including how to order copies. We regret to advise you that no free copies of this printed journal will be offered. Only contributors whose essay/article is selected to be published will receive a free copy. Price to be confirmed but each copy will be a maximum of €10 (including postage) for the first issue (2018).

  16. Deadlines for a new magazine and a local writing contest (2019).

    28 Feb. Deadline for submissions to the The Haibun Journal (Ireland, first issue). Send any unpublished haibun (but not ones currently offered to Genjuan!) to Sean O’Connor (ed.) Please type in the subject line: THJ, your name, where you live and the date. Example: THJ, Mariko Tanaka, Osaka, Japan, 15/02/2019. Please place the work in the body of the email and do not send attachments, as apparently they will not be opened! Email to: mail@seanmusic.com

    31 Mar. Deadline for submissions to the Writers in Kyoto Kyoto Writing Competition 2019 (run by John Dougill and friends), poems or prose (must be on the theme of Kyoto), up to 300 words not submitted/published elsewhere. Details here http://www.writersinkyoto.com/2018/11/wik-4th-competition-2019/

  17. The Haiku Down Under team warmly invites haiku poets from Japan and around the world to join us for an exciting programme for Haiku Down Under, October 7–9, 2022.

    Haiku Down Under 2022 will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will need to register via our website to receive the Zoom meeting details. https://sites.google.com/view/haikudownunder/home

    Session and workshop presenters are drawn from New Zealand, Australia and further afield, and have a wealth of haiku, haiga, haibun and rengay experience to share.

    Commencing with a workshop aimed at beginners on Friday October 7, delving into distinctly New Zealand and Australian haiku across the weekend, and exercising writing muscles with workshops that explore topics as diverse as horror, rule-breaking and rengay, we believe the programme has something to offer haiku writers of all levels.

    Visit the Haiku Down Under website for details of the programme and presenters, to register and to contact us.

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