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Haiku Competitions

Call for Submissions:

Trash Panda


Trash Panda publishes the best of English language haiku/senryu and other short form poetry of 17 syllables or less that uniquely expresses the reality of life in the Anthropocene. Poems should not shy away from nature as it exists today. Plastic bags may flutter from cherry trees, and herons may stand in filthy water.

Poems may be new or previously published.  Publication rights are restored to the author upon release of publication, but Trash Panda reserves the right to republish in any future anthologies.

Spring/Summer Issue:

Submissions must be received between May 1st and May 15th. 

Autumn/Winter Issue:

Submissions must be received between October 1st – 15th.


Anything received outside of the submission windows 

will be ignored.

Include in the body of the email:

1. Your name, as you wish it to appear for publication.

2. Your city and country of residence. 

3. Up to 5 of your best poems in the body of the email.

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April is Poetry Month

Post a short poem on Twitter (or Instagram) and use #NPRPoetry

Your poem may be chosen for commentary!

Find out more here


The Monthly Tricycle Haiku Challenge

2 Different Season Words at the beginning of each month

Each month moderator, Clark Strand, choses three poems to be published with commentary in Tricycle Magazine online. Each quarter, one of these poems is also chosen to appear in the print magazine alongside an extended commentary. 

For more information, and to submit, go here.


Vancouver Sakura Haiku Invitational

March 1 - June 1, 2021

Enter your cherry blossom haiku.

For more information go here.

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Taken at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto


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