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Morioka International Haiku Contest, English Section (2019– )

This annual haiku competition was established in 2019 in the city of Morioka, northern Honshu, Japan, and is administered by the Morioka International Haiku Contest Executive Committee. There are separate sections for Japanese adults, Japanese youth, and English-language poets. This Haikupedia article presents general information and results only for the English Section.


General Information

The following information is taken from the website for the fifth running of the English Section of the Marioka International Haiku Contest.

Contest sponsorMorioka International Haiku Contest Executive Committee
SubmissionsSubmissions are made using the form available on the contest website.

A submission consists of one or two haiku in English, but an applicant may submit more than one form.

Submission are to consist of original, previously unpublished haiku (“published” includes work shared on social networks).

There is no contest theme or subject and no requirements for specific syllable count or format.

If submitted work is found to have been copied or plagiarized, it will be disqualified and awards will be rescinded.
FeeSubmissions are free.
AdjudicationOne or more judges are announced in advance of the competition.
AwardsOne Grand Prize, five Second Prizes / Special Selections, and twelve Honorable Mentions are awarded.
Prizes
Determined following the competition.
Submission deadlineUsually the end of August in the competition year.
Results announced / archivedFormal announcement at an awards ceremony in November or December.
Results are archived on the contests webhttps://morioka-haiku.jp/en/site.

More information about the Morioka International Haiku Contest, including submission rules and judges’ comments on the winning haiku, is available at the contest website.

5th Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2023 (English Section)

JudgesMichael Dylan Welch
KimuraToshio
SponsorMorioka International Haiku
Contest Executive Committee
Number of entriesNearly 1,000
Awards announcedNovember 12, 2023,
Morioka, Japan
Grand Prize (selected by Judge
Michael Dylan Welch
)
Mircea Moldovan,
Romania
a suitcase
on the nursing home steps
autumn chill
Special Selection by Judge
Michael Dylan Welch (2)
Danny Blackwell,
Spain
hailstones
the basilica
busier than usual
Stefanie Bucifal,
Germany
spring morning
a hint of lilac
in the old man’s tune
Special Selection by Judge
Kimura Toshio (3)
Lakshmi Iyer,
India
new moon
an oyster cuddles
the nautical light
Meagan Bussert,
U.S.A.
warbler’s nest
a bus ticket tucked
within
Sebastian Chrobak,
Poland
her old diary
open closed open
butterfly’s wings
Honourable Mention by Judge
Michael Dylan Welch (6)
Boris Nazansky,
Croatia
an empty swing
first cherry petals
come and go

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt,
India
dusk
a swing slows to a stop
in the empty park
Scott Mason,
U.S.A.
surf’s up
a little boy tries
to move his castle
Stephen Toft,
U.K.
mating eagles
skywriting the end
of winter
Sebastian Chrobak,
Poland
Hiroshima Day
still not enough
paper cranes
Joshua Gage,
U.S.A.
fingerprints
on the carousel horse …
dusty sunbeams
Honourable Mention by Judge
Kimura Toshio (6)
Shravani Rao Vydula,
U.S.A.
blade of grass
snail’s delicate crawl
balancing the universe
Agnes Eva Savich,
U.S.A.
tea ceremony
the forest
at my fingertips

Satyanarayana Chittaluri,
India
a crow
cawing and cawing
what did she lose?

Claire Vogel Camargo,
U.S.A.
children’s laughter
the choreography
of snowflakes
Sebastian Chrobak,
Poland
whispering secrets
a squirrel hides an acorn
that no one will find
Jenny Fraser,
New Zealand
in and out
of the vastness
a blackbird calls

4th Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2022 (English Section)

JudgesMichael Dylan Welch
Kimura Toshio
Number of entriesNot stated
Awards announcedNovember 20, 2022,
Morioka, Japan
Grand Prize (selected by Judge
Michael Dylan Welch
)
Sasha A. Palmer,
U.S.A.
shooting star
the brush of your sleeve
against mine
Special Selection (5)Goran Gatalica,
Croatia
lifting fog —
the mustangs
at full gallop
Cesar S. Ciobîcă,
Romania
summer’s end
a skipping stone left
on my bro’s grave
Baisali Chatterjee Dutt,
India
rain-drenched laundry
I carry the monsoon
inside
Neal Whitman,
U.S.A.
the jazz station
cuts in and out
blue Monday
Benjamin Bläsi,
Switzerland
sunlit shore
the weight of the spring sea
that knows no border
Honourable Mention (12)Kyla Gruta,
Philippines
bronze medalist
happier than the one
with silver
Alvin B. Cruz,
Philippines
the stillness
of her rocking chair
parting clouds

Alvin B. Cruz,
Philippines
apple blossoms
she gets a second
opinion
Nina Kovačić,
Croatia
autumn rain
the river pours its
color into the sea
Srinivasa Rao Sambangi,
India
forget-me-nots
the garden mower
put to rest
Li Xiao,
Russia
winter sun …
choosing peaches
for a pregnant daughter
Eduard Țară,
Romania
daisy petals
peace war peace
war peace
Stoianka Boianova,
Bulgaria
autumn fog
a mountain without peaks
in the distance
Neal Whitman,
U.S.A.
the wave
returns to the sea
no regrets
Ash Evan Lippert,
U.S.A.
thunder
deep in the roses
a wild scent of rainbows
Anthony Q. Rabang,
Philippines
on the churchyard
kneeling …
pigeons join me
Rob Scott,
Australia
winter doldrums
the wind
reads my mind

3rd Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2021 (English Section)

JudgesMichael Dylan Welch
Kimura Toshio
Number of entriesNot stated
Awards announced
December 26, 2021,
Morioka, Japan
Grand PrizeMona Bedi,
India
summer wedding
her saree the colour
of a red hibiscus
Special Selection (5)Jonathan Aylett,
England
evening pond
a leaf falls
onto the moon
Eduard Țară,
Romania
the bounds
of infinity
loon’s call
Barbara Strang,
New Zealand
deserted playground
two cups on the table
filled with sand
Anthony Q. Rabang,
Philippines
loud voices
of what-ifs
waterfall crashing
John Barlow,
England
autumn chill
the bell of a fire engine
from a distant carousel
Honourable Mention (12)Eduard Țară,
Romania
falling leaf
a piece of silence
changes its place
Marion Clarke,
Northern Ireland
winter moon …
the soft glow
from a cottage window
Vladislav Hristov,
Bulgaria
winter solstice
the horse’s eyelashes
hold the light
Sandra Simpson,
New Zealand
rolling the pebbles
around in my hand—
magpie song
Helen Buckingham,
England
dawn chill
the potter returns
to her kiln
Tomislav Sjekloća,
Montenegro
October dusk
my dog lets a stray
bring back the stick
Alan Summers,
England
river moon
a guitarist’s plectrum
in the gleam
Owen Bullock,
New Zealand
winter almost over
you’re not enlightened
she says
Ramesh Anand,
India
old boathouse
the abundance
of silence
Barbara Strang,
New Zealand
first date
the scent of peaches
through the market
Saumya Bansal,
India
evening smog—
mistaking the scarecrow
for a human
Sandra St-Laurent,
Canada
public park
shopping cart lady
collecting good mornings

2nd Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2020 (English Section)

JudgesMichael Dylan Welch
Kimura Toshio
Number of entriesNot stated
Awards announcedNovember 8, 2020,
Morioka, Japan
Grand PrizeEngin Gülez,
Turkey
railway station
quietly becoming a part
of her silence
Second Prize (5)Beth A. Skala,
Canada
baking day
grandma kneads and shapes
another story
Ed Bremson,
U.S.A.
Covidwinter . .
her one-breath poem
in two breaths
Benjamin Bläsi,
Germany
a murmuration
of starlings hurries south
I cut the last rose
Veronika Zora Novak,
Canada
cupped hands . .
I drink the music
of moonlight
Patricia M. Campbell,
U.S.A.
hospital garden
he quickly lowers his mask
and smells the roses
Honourable Mention (12)Nikola Ðuretić,
Croatia
A toad croaking
as though he grasped
the mystery of life
Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff,
U.S.A.
after the argument
your absence
black moon
Cyndi Lloyd,
U.S.A.
apple blossoms fall
an edge of the blanket
in her baby’s mouth
Engin Gülez,
Turkey
daughter’s deathbed
knitting what’s left
of the light
Al W. Gallia,
Portugal
first raindrop
the cricket eases
under a leaf
Indra Neil Mekala,
India
gaining size
as it rolls . .
spring dew
Radostina Dragostinova,
Bulgaria
old church
in the shadow beside the door
overblown dandelion
Jeff Hoagland,
U.S.A.
Queen Anne’s lace
a hoverfly
without wings
Lyle Rumpel,
Canada
starlit
coyote calls rise
from the snowpack
Tomislav Maretić,
Croatia
too late a visit—
the pond lilied
closed
Lyle Rumpel,
Canada
window frost
stars unfurl
in the nursery
Michael H. Lester,
U.S.A.
yellow moth—
one last flutter before
the bird swallows

1st Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2019 (English Section)

JudgesTerry Ann Carter,
Michael Dylan Welch,
and Kiuchi Toru
SponsorMorioka International Haiku
Contest Executive Committee
Number of entriesNot stated
Awards announcedAugust 4, 2019, Iwate Prefectural
Citizens Information Exchange
Center (Aina), Morioka, Japan
Grand PrizeChen-ou Liu,
Canada
light of dawn
a tai chi master
pushes the silence
Second Prize (5)Shirley Johnson,
Canada
beyond mountains
more mountains—
winter moon
Mohammad Azim Khan,
Pakistan
puppeteer
carefully unfolds his puppets
from a tin box
Debbie Strange,
Canada
snowmelt
the wild crocuses
you loved
Billy Antonio,
Philippines
airport goodbye …
the distant sound
of wild geese
Kath Abela Wilson,
U.S.A.
the deer’s mouth
shaped like a kiss
cherry blossom
Honourable Mention (12)Horinouchi Kazuo
(堀ノ内和夫), Japan
twilight
two male deer
fight with hornless heads
Taofeek Ayeyemi,
Nigeria
Election Day …
the callused fingers
of a farmer
Natalia Kuznetsova,
Russia
lost in dreams …
a girl in a wheelchair
folding cranes
Nikolay Grankin,
Russia
mountain village
the cemetery a little higher
than the church
Billy Antonio,
Philippines
after the rain
the potholes fill
with sky
Katherine J. Munro
(kjmunro), Canada
spring melt
a circle of bare earth
rings every tree
Carl Seguiban,
U.S.A.
spring rain—
the beggar finally
leaves his spot
Martha Magenta,
England
cherry blossoms
an old man leans
on his cane
Patrick Sweeney,
Japan
first dandelion
youngest bedwetting brother
has died
Meg Arnot,
England
mother’s ashes
the mountain wind
on my hands
Marietta McGregor,
Australia
time flows
around a heron
frost-tipped reeds
Marietta McGregor,
Australia
night-dark lake
drinking the last
of the moon

Compiled by the Morioka International Haiku Contest Executive Committee


Sources / Further Reading

Updated on December 31, 2023