Biennial Haiku Chapbook Contest

Haiku Chapbook Contest Guidelines

Please note that the next haiku chapbook contest is postponed until we complete our artist book, The Amichai Windows. We will let you know as soon as the contest is resumed. We appreciate your patience. The winners and favorite poems from previous contests can be viewed by clicking on the links below.


2008 Winner – Sketches from the San Joaquin
2010 Winner – All That Remains
2012 Winner – The Window That Closes
2014 Winner – The Deep End of the Sky

Favorite Poems from the 2008 TLP Competition
Favorite Poems from the 2010 TLP Competition
Favorite Poems from the 2012 TLP Competition


Here was the judge and guidelines for the 2014 contest:

Penny Harter will be the judge of the next TLP haiku chapbook contest. Submissions are invited to the next biennial haiku chapbook contest by June 1, 2014. The winning manuscript will be announced in the fall of 2014.

The author will be awarded 10 free copies plus a contract for 10 percent royalties on the sale of other copies of the chapbook. In general, we are open to both traditional and modern-style haiku/senryu but have a particular fondness for poems that deal with both people and nature. The haiku contest is open to published and unpublished writers.

Once a winner is announced, the winner will work with our production team on various aspects of the chapbook design and the use of images to complement the poems. An introduction or preface might be possible depending on the page length of the winning manuscript, layout and paper choice. TLP reserves the right to make all final decisions with regard to titling the manuscript, page length, design and layout, and the use of images.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit an original, unpublished collection or sequence of poems on a theme of your choice between 12 – 24 pages, two haiku per page maximum. On a single detachable sheet, a cover page should contain the manuscript title, author’s name, address, phone number, and email. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else. A second title page should be provided without the author’s name or other identification. Please provide a table of contents, if there is one. Manuscripts should be printed and bound with a simple clip. A second, electronic copy should be submitted as an attached file to with “Haiku Chapbook Contest” written in the subject heading.

While individual poems may have won awards, appeared in journals or been printed in anthologies, they should not have run as part of a book length collection that has appeared or is under consideration elsewhere by another publisher. No more than two manuscripts per contestant are allowed in any one haiku chapbook contest.

Reading Fee: Please send a $30 check payable to Turtle Light Press in U.S. dollars. American and Canadian poets can opt to pay with a Visa or Master Card. Overseas poets can send a bank check, traveler’s checks, use Western Union, or inquire about other payment methods. If you’re not on e-mail, please include one SASE for notification of the winner and another to confirm receipt of your manuscript; otherwise, we will notify you via email. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Address: Send a hard copy of your submission to the following address: Turtle Light Press, P.O. Box 50162, Arlington, VA 22205. An electronic copy should be submitted as an attached file to rick at turtle+light+press dot com (just leave out the plus signs and sub in a period for “dot”) with “Haiku Chapbook Competition” written in the subject heading.

Deadline: Electronic entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, but because June 1st falls on a Sunday this year, the hard copy manuscripts may be postmarked a day later. All hard copies must therefore be postmarked no later than June 2, 2014.

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