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 2023 Festival at The Big Picnic, at Sakura Days Japan Fair (where 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.

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

2022 Haiku Invitational Judges

Maxianne Berger, a Montreal poet, is active in both French and English writing communities. With Mike Montreuil she coedited Cirrus: tankas de nos jours through twelve issues. She coordinates book reviews in both languages for Haiku Canada. A literary translator, she has provided English versions of poems, presentations, essays, and books for several Haïjins Québécois/es. Her own tanka collection is bilingual: Un Renard Roux / A Red Fox (Petits Nuages, 2014). A constraint lover, through erasure of Melville’s Moby Dick she produced Winnows (Nietzsche’s Brolly, 2016), which won third place in the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Awards. Her new challenge is photo haiga.
Dr. Randy Brooks is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where he teaches courses on haikai arts and book publishing. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, are publishers of Brooks Books, focusing on haiku, and coeditors of Mayfly haiku magazine. His most recent books include Walking the Fence: Selected Tanka and The Art of Reading and Writing Haiku: A Reader Response Approach.
Jennifer Hambrick is the author of In the High Weeds, winner of the Stevens Manuscript Award of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Unscathed (NightBallet Press), and the haibun book Joyride (Red Moon Press). She has been featured in American Life in Poetry, and has received numerous awards, including first prize in the Haiku Society of America’s 2018 haibun contest, the 2020 Sheila-Na-Gig Press Poetry Prize, and the Bronze Prize in the 2021 Ito En Art of Haiku competition. She has also received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. Jennifer lives in Columbus, Ohio, and her website is jenniferhambrick.com.

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