The 27th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition in Kumamoto

So many people are still suffering from the corona-virus pandemic in this world. And now is the age of uncertainty. We look forward to having peace, happiness and also good literary works on this globe.

The commendation ceremony of the 27th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition took place on November 26, 2022.

Congratulations to the prize winners! We also thank you very much for all the participants and contributors to this Competition.

In these three years of continuous pandemic, we had about 17% less applicants than those of the Competition of last year. This year we had 550 applicants with the number of 1042 haikus from 60 countries. There were 400 applicants with 752 Haikus written in English, 143 applicants with 278 Haikus written in Spanish and 7 applicants with 12 Haikus written in Chinese.

We are looking forward to having more applicants and wonderful haiku poems from all over the world. Especially we are waiting for more Haikus in Chinese. Next year, we will inform you of the 28th “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition at the end of May on this website.


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.

If we cannot make contact with the prize winner, the prize will be cancelled.


Previous winning haiku

Last Updated December 23, 2022

The State of 27th Competition.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 27th Competition.


“Kusamakura” Haiku Competition Office

2-28-77 Ezu, Higashi-Ku
Kumamoto City 862-0942 Japan