The Haiku Foundation created the HaikuNow! international contests in 2010 to expand opportunities for writers of English-language haiku. Prizes are awarded to English-language haiku in three categories: traditional, contemporary, innovative. Results are announced April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day, on this web site and in venues celebrating the day around the country. For past winners, see the HaikuNow! Archive.
The HaikuNow! Contests for 2014. The next contest begins January 6, 2014.
First-prize winners in each category will receive $100. Honorable mentions will receive $25. All winning poems will be featured on The Haiku Foundation web site and will be archived.
Each year we feature a Guest Judge from outside the haiku community, usually a well-known mainstream poet, critic, scholar or theoretician. The judge for 2014 will be announced along with results in April. The Guest Judge chooses which category he or she would like to adjudicate.
Jim Kacian is the final judge for haiku in the remaining two categories. He is the founder of The Haiku Foundation and the author of 15 books of haiku. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Kacian for additional information.
Contest opens: January 6, 2014.
Deadline for submission: In hand by midnight, March 31, 2013.
Contest results: Winners will be announced on National Haiku Poetry Day, April 17, on The Haiku Foundation web site www.thehaikufoundation.org, and at venues celebrating NHPD around the country.
Who can enter: Anyone (other than Officers, Associates and Board Members of The Haiku Foundation, and their immediate families) may enter.
Fees: None. Free for all contestants.
All submitted haiku must be in English and must meet the criteria for the appropriate category, as described on the pages for each category. All poems must be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
Each person can submit no more than one unpublished haiku per category: one traditional haiku, one contemporary haiku, and/or one innovative haiku—a maximum of three haiku per person.
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. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal Web sites is not considered publication.
To access the criteria and entry forms for each contest, click the links below: