Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2010

The Competition Prizes

Category A (Irish and International)

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu in this category.

Category B (Irish)

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes from D?chas Ireland of Euro 100, Euro 30 and Euro 20 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English or in Irish Gaelic (with an English translation) about Ireland in the changing world. Besides being perfect haiku/senryu, the winning poems in this category may include reflections upon or references to "what it means to live in Ireland at the beginning of the 21st century". This category is only open for participants born or residing on the island of Ireland.

In addition there will be up to three Highly Commended haiku/senryu in this category.

Entrants may win more than one prize.


All the entries shall be postmarked by 31th October 2010. Overseas (non-EU) entries mailed in the month up to and including this closing date must be sent by airmail.

Address for entries:

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2010
75 Willow Park Grove
Dublin 11

The Rules of the Competition

1. Entrants may submit an unlimited number of haiku/senryu in any language. Participants born or residing on the island of Ireland can submit poems in both categories; however they must choose a category in which they submit each particular piece.
2. A haiku/senryu written in Irish (Gaelic), or in a foreign language, should be submitted accompanied by an English translation of the haiku on the same list. These translations cannot be made by the adjudicator of the competition or edited by him.
3. Haiku by members of the IHS are eligible for the competition. Haiku by the members of the Board of the IHS are not eligible.
4. Each haiku must be accompanied by a fee of ? 3 or ?2.50 sterling or ? 500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: ? 20 or?15 sterling or ? 3000 or $25. Methods of payment: personal cheques, International Bank Drafts or postal/money orders in Euro, or U.K Sterling, or US Dollars only, are acceptable and should be made payable to The Irish Haiku Society. No other cheques/ International Bank Drafts/ postal/money orders can be accepted. Entrants in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries should send Euro, US, Sterling or Yen banknotes, unless they have an Ireland-, US- or UK-based bank account. Please do not send coins.
5. Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. All haiku must be the original work of a living author. They must not have been previously published, self-published, published on an edited or unedited website, or have won a prize, or Honourable Mention, at a haiku contest.
6. The poems must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. Each haiku must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. Please mark the category (A or B) on each sheet.
7. The haiku and payment should be firmly attached to the entry form/covering letter. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.
8. Contestants are asked to provide a covering letter with their name, address, Phone Number, E-mail address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, any Haiku group affiliation, the first lines of their poems, and in which category they are submitted. The name of the translator(s), if any, must also appear in the covering letter but not on the poems themselves.
9. No alterations can be made to the haiku once it has been submitted, and it is regretted that no entries can be returned.
10. Haiku cannot be submitted via the adjudicator of the competition. Any attempt to contact the adjudicator of the competition in relation to it will result in immediate disqualification.
11. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions.

Submission of haiku implies the competitor's acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The prize-winners will be announced and awarded in late November 2010. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at as soon as they are announced.

Copyright will remain with the competitors, but the Irish Haiku Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of selected haiku as it sees fit.


Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society. His own collections include Shadow of Time (2005) and Morning at Mount Ring (2007), the latter being a book of haiku and senryu. His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, and were published in the main haiku magazines.

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