The 25th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

The 25th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition took place on November 7, 2020 with its commendation ceremony. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held without any audiences this year. Congratulations to the prize winners! We also thank you very much for all the participants and contributors to this competition.

In spite of the pandemic, we could have much more applicants than those of the last year Competition. This year we had 738 applicants with the number of 1397 haikus from 70 countries. We are looking forward to having more applicants and wonderful haiku poems from all over the world. The 26th “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition of the next year will start on June 1, 2021.


Application Guidelines
Entries must be submitted via the homepage.
Each applicant can enter up to two haiku poems. Entries are only possible in English, Chinese and Spanish.
Please entry from the button at the bottom of page 3.



All submissions to the Kusamakura Haiku Competition must be original and must not have been previously published. Haiku submissions to the Kusamakura Haiku Competition must not be sent to any other publications for consideration, including online publications, and they must not appear in any published form, including print magazines and journals, online forums, blogs, personal websites, etc., until the end of the Kusamakura Haiku Competition Awards Ceremony.



Previous winning haiku

Last Updated December 18, 2020

The State of 25th Competition.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 25th Competition.


“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office

5-21-5 Hanazono, Nishi-Ku
Kumamoto City 860-0072 Japan