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Entry Rules for non-Japanese contributors

Entry Rules for non-Japanese contributors
Applicants Open to anyone
Deadline Entry has already been finished.
Application guidelines

Entries must be submitted by mail or via the homepage.
Each applicant can enter up to two haiku poems. Entries via the homepage are only possible in English and Chinese. Please send entries of other languages by post and enclose an English translation as well.
Please include : name, current address, gender, e-mail address, and phone number
(Notification of results, award money, etc. will be sent out according to the contact info on your application form so please ensure it is accurate and up-to-date.)


Free. One person can send two pieces of Haiku (only unpublished works)

Contest results Winners will be informed by mail at the beginning of November 2017
Awards ceremony An awards ceremony will be held at the Kumamoto Shintoshin Plaza on November 18, 2017, but overseas applicants will have their prize money mailed to them.
Publications Publications will only be sent to winning individuals during the latter half of February 2018.
Winning haikus will be displayed on our homepage.
Judges Alan Rosen (guest Professor at Memorial Museum of the Fifth High School)
Eiichi Chishima (part time Professor at Meiji Gakuin University)
Morio Nishikawa (Professor emeritus at Kumamoto University)
Prizes ・Kusamakura Taisho (Grand Prize) to one winner : ¥50,000
・Chikasuitoshi Kumamoto Sho (Kumamoto ‘City of Artesian Waters’ Haiku Award) to one winner : Kumamoto traditional craft
・Tokusen (Second Prize) to 8 winners : ¥5,000
・Nyusen (Third Prize) to 20 winners
Please send your haiku to

“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office
c/o Bunka shinko Ka
( Cultural promotion Section ) City of Kumamoto
1-1 Tetorihoncho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto City 860-8601 Japan


English Entry

Chinese Entry

Application Form for Foreign Contributors.pdf