The 26th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

The 26th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition took place on November 27, 2021 with its commendation ceremony. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held without any audience as last year. Congratulations to the prize winners! We also thank you very much for all the participants and contributors to this Competition.

In these two years of continuous pandemic, we had about 10% less applicants than those of the Competition of the previous year. This year we had 661 applicants with the number of 1274 haikus from 70 countries. We are looking forward to having more applicants and wonderful haiku poems from all over the world. Next year, we will inform you about the 27th “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition at the end of May on this website.

This year “KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONL FOUNDATION ” joined us to support our project of International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competetition.


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.



Previous winning haiku

Last Updated December 20, 2021

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