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Enter the Dreamers Haiku Contest!


Haiku Contest

Deadline: May 31 (annual)

Submit up to 3 haiku per entry for your chance to win! The winner of this haiku contest will receive $120 ($100 prize + $20 honorarium), 2 copies of the Dreamers Magazine, and publication online and in print. 

Multiple entries by the same poet are allowed. Please complete the haiku contest form again for each additional entry. 3 haiku per entry.

The winning haiku will be published on dreamerswriting.com as well as in the next issue of our magazine.

We will select up to 6 runners up (at the Editor’s sole discretion) that will be published online and in our magazine. Each runner-up will be paid our standard $20 CAD honorarium.

Submit your entry to the Dreamers Haiku Contest.

What is a Haiku?

A haiku is a very brief Japanese poem of 17 total syllables in three lines. Line one is 5 syllables, line two is 7 syllables, and line three is 5 syllables. This standard structure is not always maintained (and is not a requirement for this haiku contest).

Haiku are traditionally nature based and often focus on a seasonal theme. They do not rhyme. Juxtaposition (compare or contrast) is an essential element of this form of poetry, for example, by closely connecting two contrasting images, or by comparing unexpected similarities.

They also employ a cutting word, known as a kireji in Japanese. This is a kind of word that provides a verbal punctuation mark that separates the juxtaposed images. There is no English equivalent to a kireji so English writers will sometimes use a dash or another form of punctuation that causes a break or pause, offering readers a chance to reflect on the connection between the two parts.

The goal of a haiku is to suggest a lot with a little. These are tiny poems with big meanings.

Check out our 2018 contest winners, our 2019 contest winners, and our 2020 contest winners, for examples of the form.

Magazine Page – 2018 Winners

Submit your entry to the Dreamers Haiku Contest.

*This article was originally published on May 23, 2018 and last updated on April 21, 2021.

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