The Haiku Invitational is an international online contest that attracts submissions from all over the world.
The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, the United States, International, and Youth (age 17 and under) will be featured in the Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, and published on the VCBF website.
These haiku will also receive celebrity readings and be celebrated in creative ways during the Festival at The Big Picnic and at Sakura Days Japan Fair (Vancouver Haiku Group members lead Ginko Walks to forage the garden for your spring haiku inspiration).
To encourage the writing, reading, and appreciation of this poetic form judges choose poems in additional categories of “Sakura Awards” and “Honourable Mention.”
The 2023 Haiku Invitational submission is now open. Submit your haiku here.
Read all about haiku, including form and technique.
Find materials to introduce haiku to both teachers and students.
Read all winning haiku entries from 2006 – 2022.
Meet our 2022 Haiku Invitational Winners.
Read the judges’ 2022 Commentary for inspiration for your own haiku.
View additional categories of 2022 Sakura Awards and Honourable Mentions.
Celebrating winning haiku with a unique Haiku Exhibition with commissioned pieces by Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh artists.
night breeze . . .
cherry petals fill
the big dipper
P. H. Fischer
Vancouver, British Columbia
cherry blossoms . . .
sets down his brush
in a puddle . . .
elehna de sousa
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
all other words
Srinivasa Rao Sambangi
a toddler picks
my secret carried
through the wind
Emily Edwards, Age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand
Our judging panel is currently being finalized. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we kindly ask that you check back for updates on our judges. Thank you for your understanding.
Programs subject to change.
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