United Haiku and Tanka Society
UHTS Yearly Samurai Haibun Contest


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.


GUIDELINES: Entries that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered, so please read this information very carefully. Please email your submissions in English in the body of an email (only) directly to Marianna.Monaco@gmail.com, with the words "UHTS "aha" contest" in the subject header, and include your name, country, and email address.

Do "not" use the cattails Submissions guidelines for contests.

SUBMISSION PERIOD & DEADLINE: September 1-December 15 of each year.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email, shortly after the deadline, and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods.

SPONSOR: United Haiku and Tanka Society.

COORDINATOR: Marianna Monaco, USA.

ADJUDICATION: former AHG Haibun Editor Mike Montreuil, Canada.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to the public and all UHTS members, but not to UHTS Officers, Team Members, the contest coordinator, or judges.


SUBMISSIONS: Submit up to three entries, entries must be the original work of the author, be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. This contest is not themed, and is open to all age groups worldwide.

FORMATTING: If a poem is submitted in more than one language, we will be delighted. Please put the poem in English first, and then below that, put the poem in the other language. (Do not put the poems side by side). This will greatly facilitate the recording of your poems by the contest coordinator.

If you have any problems sending your submissions by email, please let our contest coordinator know.

NOTIFICATION: The winners (only) will be notified. If you do not hear anything back from us by January 5, your entries are automatically free for you to submit elsewhere.