The 23rd International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

The 23th Kusamakura Haiku Competition wrapped up on November 17th 2018 with its annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all participants for your beautiful works.


The 24th Kusamakura Haiku Competition starts on June 1st 2019. We can’t wait to see what wonderful entries you’ll come up with next!


Application guidelines
Entries must be submitted via the homepage.
Each applicant can enter up two haiku poems. Entries are only possible in English and Chinese.



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

Previous winning haiku

Last Updated Dec.13.2018

The awards ceremony was held in Kumamoto on November 17, 2018.


「kusamakura」Haiku Competition Office

c/o 「kusamakura」Haiku Competition Office
5-21-5 Hanazono, Nishi-Ku
Kumamoto City 860-0072 Japan