The Annual Haiku Contest

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Haiku/Tanka Contest!

The 2023 Haiku and Tanka Contest

Skipping Stones Magazine and the 2023 Asian Celebration

Invite your Best Nature Haiku and/or Tankas by Friday, 5 May 2023

Your Haiku (and/or Tanka) entries should be ready for display. Use 8.5 x 11 paper and feel free to include your original nature art to illustrate your Haiku and/or Tanka. Select entries will be displayed at the 2023 Asian Celebration on Saturday, 29th of July, 2023 in Eugene. All entries will also be considered for publication in the Autumn 2023 issue of Skipping Stones Magazine as well as our website.

 Haiku and Tanka (short song, in Japanese) are both traditional poetry forms that come from Japan.

* Haiku consists of three lines. The first line and third line both have five syllables and the middle line has seven (But we will not be very strict).

* Haiku appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) and it touches the heart.

* Tanka  is a 31-syllable poem and has 5 lines with 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count, respectively.

* A maximum of 5 haiku or tanka entries are allowed from one student. If you are entering a poem that consists of a number of haiku or tankas, the poem length should not exceed 30 lines.

* Nature art can accompany your Haiku or Tanka, and it is encouraged!

With your entries (preferably, on the backside, if sending a paper entry) provide this information:

* Your full name and grade level, your teacher and school’s name, your or your teacher’s e-mail and a mailing address. Haiku entries must be received by 5 PM on Friday, May 5, 2023 (by 5 PM on 5/5/23) at:

Skipping Stones Magazine office located at 166 W. 12th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA. We’re in the Odd Fellows Building on the corner of 12th Avenue and Charnelton Street in Eugene.

You can also choose to send your Haiku or Tanka entries electronically if you wish. In that case, send HiRez .pdf, .jpeg or .tiff files of your artwork along with Haiku/Tanka. Haiku and Tanka without art can be sent as a part of your email text or as a pdf file or Word .doc or .docx file.

To send entries by e-mail, use our email id: editor(AT)skippingstones(DOT)org

If your Haiku or tanka or nature art is published, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the Autumn issue.

We look forward to seeing your Haiku and/or Tanka (with or without nature art) by 5 pm on Friday, 5 May 2023. 

(PS: May is celebrated as the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Also, did you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862.)

We are pleased to show a few Haiku and Tanka art entries from our last year’s contest below. The selected haiku and tanka entries appear in our 2022 Awards Issue, Vol. 34, no.1. More haiku/tanka entries will be published in our next issue, Vol. 35, no. 1 (Spring 2023).