The 28th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

Recently the suffer from the corona-virus pandemic is fading down from the world. However, now is still the age of uncertainty. We look forward to having peace, happiness and also good literary works on this globe.

Entry for the 28th 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 18th of November in Kumamoto City. Winners of non-Japanese section will have their prize by mail.

From this year we have changed the entry system. We ask the applicants to attach the minimum personal information. Only prize winners will be asked the current address to send prize. In case we can’t contact with the prize winner by e-mail or phone, the award will be cancelled.


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, 2023

The State of 27th Competition.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 27th Competition.


“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office

21:33 2023/08/19

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