Haiku Happenings

This Month’s Article

Check out this month’s article:

Twisting Point: The evolution of haiku
in the climate crisis

New Contests

Check out the latest contests


Explore publications

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Archives comprise Essays, Articles, NZ Haiku Showcase
and Haiku Commentary.

Contest Results

Maya Lyubenova Haiku Contest (Bulgaria)

Touchstone Awards for Haibun (US)

Touchstone Awards for Poems (US)

Touchstone Awards for Books (US)

Sharpening the Green Pencil  (Romania)

Heliosparrow Frontier Awards (Japan)

News & Events

Haiku Down Under 2024

Taking place online from August 16-18. The programme for ‘A Sensory Journey’ has been released, see it here. The weekend is a free event, but registration is necessary to access the presentations and workshops.

NZ Japanese Film Festival 2024

Taking place online from June 5-July 3. Films and TV series are streamed for free.
Find out more here.



To Peter Free who has received an Honourable Mention in the Kaji Aso Haiku Contest (US).

See the results here.


To Jenny Fraser who was featured in Haikupedia (THF) last December.

See the piece here.

A new journal

confluence will spotlight the work of 1-2 poets at a time, and will seek to build fellowship and community around innovation in haiku. The work of each chosen Fellow will be published over the course of a year, along with commentary and dialogue. confluence is edited by Ryland Shengzhi Li, Antoinette Cheung, and Aidan Castle.
Submit: June 15-July 15.
Full details here

End Notes (please ignore for now)

Under the Basho

Under the BashōUnder the Bashō has resumed publication after a break last year, and takes many...

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