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Mar 01, 2023

Haiku Invitational
March 1 – June 1

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.

About Haiku ↗

Read all about haiku, including form and technique.

Learning Haiku ↗

Find materials to introduce haiku to both teachers and students.

Winning Haiku ↗

Read all winning haiku entries from 2006 – 2022.

2022 Winners ↗

Meet our 2022 Haiku Invitational Winners.

2022 Commentary ↗

Read the judges’ 2022 Commentary for inspiration for your own haiku.

2022 Sakura Awards and Honourable Mentions ↗

View additional categories of 2022 Sakura Awards and Honourable Mentions.

Haiku Exhibition ↗

Celebrating winning haiku with a unique Haiku Exhibition with commissioned pieces by Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh artists.



2022 Top Winning Haiku


night breeze . . .
cherry petals fill
the big dipper

P. H. Fischer
Vancouver, British Columbia
United States

cherry blossoms . . .
the painter
sets down his brush

Mary McCormack
Urbana, Illinois
British Columbia

a painting
in a puddle . . .
cherry blossoms

elehna de sousa
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

cherry blossoms
all other words

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi
Hyderabad, India

falling blossoms
a toddler picks
herself up

Sue Colpitts
Peterborough, Ontario

blossoms whisper
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.








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