Haiku Competition for Literacy

Any haiku writers, advocates for literacy or both might be interested in the following competition:

The With Words International Online Haiku Competition 2010

Here at With Words we believe in acting locally and thinking globally, so half of any profits from this competition will go towards literacy work with children in developing countries, and half will go to supporting With Words literacy projects in the UK.


1st Prize: £200

2nd Prize: £50

There will also be Highly Commended and Commended categories.

The winning poems will be published on the website. Highly Commended authors will also be invited to have their haiku published on the website or choose to retain them for other competitions.


For the purposes of this competition haiku should consist of three lines but may have any syllable count. For examples of contemporary haiku please click onto “more” at the top of the page to bring up different haiku, and for further information on the haiku form, please click onto: what.html.


Entries will be processed by a With Words administrator and judged anonymously by Japan Times award-winning poet Alan Summers.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to anyone except With Words appointees involved in the administration and judging of the competition.

Entries must be your own work in English and you must be the sole copyright owner of the work. In future years, it may be possible to open up the competition to other languages.

All entries should be received by the end of Sunday 21st November

There are more particulars on the site.  Good luck.  Let me know if you enter!


About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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22 Responses to Haiku Competition for Literacy

  1. Alan Summers says:

    Hello everyone!

    There’s still a good number of days until the deadline of Midnight (all time zones) Sunday 21st November!

    all my best,

    Alan, With Words

  2. fiveloaf says:

    gee i really dont know yousei but i will inform you if i do enter any…

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thanks for commenting on the Haiku Competition post. Did you enter? I’m afraid the deadline slipped right past me. Lots of drama in our house recently. Unwelcome drama at that. Things are a bit calmer now, so I’m looking forward to writing more. Best of the season to you.

  3. Jingle says:

    u r missed, dear.
    welcome to our party.
    Happy day!
    love your talent and devotion!

  4. Jingle says:

    Hello, friend, how are you?

    I invite you to our Monday Poetry Potluck Party,
    We have other features such as Poem of the Week, Poetry Blog of the Week, Poet of the Week, and Sunday Poetry News Dispatch. If you attend our Monday Party, there is a chance that your poetry or you as a promising poet will be represented by one of our officials and your talent will be highlighted, exposed to wider audience.

    There are no specific rules–simply linking in 1 to 3 poems. It could even be an old poem. Let us read and comment for you. Feel free tasting other poetry treats, all enjoyable experiences.


    Click on the link, you will see a blue button. Click on the blue button, you will see three boxes, Place your specific poem link in the first box. Place your name or blog name in the next box, and then your email connected to your blog in the last box.

    Happy Tuesday!
    Let the fun begin!

  5. Feanare says:

    Good luck on the contest!
    I am sure you’ll be able to create something that makes you content 🙂


  6. slpmartin says:

    Sound like an excellent cause…hope it all goes well.

  7. Technobabe says:

    How are you doing? This sounds interesting, I look forward to reading what you write.

  8. Alan Summers says:

    Thanks for all the support. The With Words Haiku Competition profits go to good causes, and it’s fun to enter. 😉

    For a simple overview of haiku which has been much praised internationally, including Japan, check out: http://www.withwords.org.uk/what.html

    all my best,

    Alan, With Words

  9. This is a good post and may be one to be followed up to see how things go

    A neighbor e mailed this link the other day and I’m desperately anticipating your next post. Proceed on the wonderful work.

  10. haikutec says:

    Thank you!

    The competition is for good causes, and a great showcase for winning haiku at the same time.

    Good luck everyone!

    Alan, With Words

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thanks for checking back. I hope a few people give it a try. I’ll do my best to get something in. Depends on how cooperative my kids and husband are as the school year gets started. 😉

  11. william says:

    good luck dear xx

  12. brian says:

    oh thanks for sharing…have never done a haiku but this is a good a reason as any to give it a shot…

    • Yousei Hime says:

      So glad you came by. Do give haiku a try. It is an easy form, but tricky to get one that satisfies completely. Hope to see some of your efforts on your blog.

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