The 27th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

So many people are still suffering from the corona-virus pandemic in this world. And now is the age of uncertainty. We look forward to having peace, happiness and also good literary works on this globe. Entry for the 27th international “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition has started. We are looking forward to having many wonderful haiku poems from all over the world.

The awarding ceremony will be held on the 26th of November in Kumamoto City. Winners of non-Japanese section will have their prize by mail. From this year the prize will be changed from money to goods because the corona-virus pandemic has made it difficult to send prize money to foreign counties from Japan.


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 enter 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. Any plagiarized and imitative haiku shall not be accepted. Any submissions to this Haiku Competition must not be sent to any other publications including online ones. Also they must not appear in any published forms such as magazines, journals, blogs, personal websites, etc., before the end of the “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Awarding Ceremony.

If we cannot make contact with the prize winner, the prize will be cancelled.


Previous winning haiku

Last Updated September 1, 2022

The State of 26th Competition.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 26th Competition.


“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office

2-28-77 Ezu, Higashi-Ku
Kumamoto City 862-0942 Japan
e-mail: kusamakura-haiku@outlook.jp