National Haiku Contest

The League of Canadian Poets is very excited to announce our first Haiku Contest! This award is a program created by our National Council to promote the art of Haiku, and to celebrate Haiku Month in February!  

DEADLINE: January 15th, 2018 

The winner of the Haiku contest will receive 10 t-shirts printed with the winning poem, and will have their work featured on the League's website and social media. The winning poem will also be included in the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet, published internationally each April.  

Be sure to submit your poems by January 15th, 2018! The winner will be announced February 12th, 2018 in celebration of Haiku Month in Canada.  


  • You may submit up to 4 Haiku for consideration with each submission. We encourage multiple submissions if you would like to have more than 4 poems considered .
  • Every submission to the Haiku Contest must be accompanied by a submission fee. Fees are $10 for League Members (up to 4 Haiku) and $15 for non-members (up to 4 Haiku).  
  • Poems must be previously unpublished.


  1. Purchase your entry fee(s) by selecting the appropriate fee above. 
  1. Send your poem(s) as PDF or .doc attachment(s) to If you are submitting multiple poems, please include each poem as its own attachment. Please note that submissions are blind, and poem documents should not contain any identifying information. 
  1. In the body of your email, please include a short bio and any important notes. If your payment will be coming from a different name than your submission, please let us know in your email! 

We will confirm receipt of your submission within five business days; if you do not hear from us, feel free to follow up. 

Winners will be selected by our two judges who work professionally with Haiku, and are both leading members of Haiku Canada:

Terry Ann Carter is a poet and paper artist who lives and works in Victoria, B.C. where she serves Haiku Canada as president and teaches Japanese literary forms at Royal Roads University. She is the founder of KaDo Ottawa and Haiku Arbutus (Victoria). Terry Ann is also a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013-16) and a member of Tanka Canada. She is the first Honorary Ambassador for The Federation of BC Writers. She has published over fifty books, including the prize-winning Haiku: one-breath poetry. Her most recently published book is a basic introduction to tanka, The Way of Tanka. Her popular book, Poetry That Heals, is being re-issued in February 2018 (Shanti Arts). She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.