Contests

 

The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

The UHTS “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards) for haiku/senryu, is in honor of a well known and respected New York based haiku poet, Hortensia Anderson. Thank you for your participation in keeping the memory of a wonderful person who dedicated so much of herself to our haiku community over the years . . . rest in peace Hortensia.

You are encouraged to submit in your native language in addition to your English submission.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines for further information.

Submission Period and Deadline: January 1-April 15 of each year.

 

The “Fleeting Words” Tanka Competition

Fleeting Words is our newest UHTS Contest, and we hope that it will encourage others to learn to write the classic form of tanka. Any subject is acceptable and syllable count is not an issue, however a tanka rhythm of short, long, short, long, long that distinguishes it from a short poem, is important. Please consider sending multiple tanka so we have plenty to choose from.

You are encouraged to submit in your native language in addition to your English submission.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines for further information.

Submission Period and Deadline: May 1-August 15 of each year.

 

The “Samurai” Haibun Competition

Our UHTS Yearly Haibun Competition celebrates a Festival held in Nikko Toshogo, Japan each year, which is the procession devoted to all things Samurai, including warriors wielding traditional Japanese weaponry parading through the streets. This competition is about “the strength or power of nature (including human nature)”, and whatever it means to each author. Entries could be about anything from flowers to a hurricane to any life subject, or anything at all that the poet personally perceives as a powerful force.

You are encouraged to submit in your native language in addition to your English submission.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines for further information.

Submission Period and Deadline: September 1-December 15 of each year.