The 26th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

pandemic ...パンデミック...
folding loneliness折り紙に孤独の心をAnna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo
in origami paper折りたたむ(Netherlands)

This is one of the prize winning haikus of last year's (the 25th) International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition. The people are suffering from the coronavirus pandemic in many countries of the world. We are obliged to keep distance from others in fear of the expansion of coronavirus. However, we can take advantage of our experience and imagination to send a literary message to others on this globe by composing Haiku poems.

The entry for the 26th international “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition starts now. We are looking forward to having many applicants and wonderful haiku poems from all over the world. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the awarding ceremony in November will be held without audience this year. Winners of non-Japanese section will have their prize by mail.

From this year “KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONL FOUNDATION ” will join 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 September 1, 2021

The State of 25th Competition.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 25th Competition.


“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office

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