15th World Children’s Haiku Contest


Prizes: A Canon digital camera for the winning students. Other prizes will also be awarded.

Applicants should be 15 years of age and under

Closing Date for entries: Monday 15 January 2018
(Deadline extended to Thursday 15 February)

Haiku originated in Japan and is the world’s shortest form of poetry, capturing a particular moment in the writer’s life or encapsulating a natural image.

For the chance to win the 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest, compose your own Haiku on the theme of LIVING THINGS and submit it with an accompanying illustration. The winning entries will be published in a haiku book with haiku from children living all over the world.

LIVING THINGS are all around us, but have you taken a moment to think about them? Perhaps the pigeons on the streets, the trees in the park, or your own pet will be the inspiration for your haiku. We look forward to receiving haiku and drawings showing us how children in the UK see the LIVING THINGS around them.

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and one has been held every two years since then. Japan Airlines, with support and assistance from the Japan Society, is pleased to announce the 2017 Contest.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera

Entries should be submitted to the Japan Society by Thursday 15 February 2018. Judging will take place during February and winners notified shortly after.

Haiku Contest Rules and Entry Guidelines

• One entry per child (either typed or handwritten) on the theme of LIVING THINGS.
• Applicants must be the age of 15 and under on February 15th 2018.
• The haiku must be accompanied by hand-drawn or hand-crafted artwork on the same page, using A4 sized paper (21cm x 29.7cm) or letter sized paper (8.5inches x 11inches).
• Glue the application form on the back of the work.
• Schools must also fill in the United Kingdom Application Form for Schools.

• Any form of artwork (except photographs or digital images) can be submitted.
• Every entry must be the original and unpublished work of the child himself/ herself. Assistance by others (parents, other adults, siblings, or other children) is prohibited.
• The haiku must be presented in three short lines in English.
• All rights (for compositions and artwork) will be reserved by JAL Foundation.

Contest Results
• Contest results will be announced on the JAL Foundation website in June 2018.
• Haiku By World Children, Volume 15 will be shown in the entertainment program on Boeing 787 international Japan Airlines flights.

Please complete and attach theapplication form to the back of all entries. Pupils’ names and ages must be clearly marked on the reverse, together with the school name.

Entries from the same school may be parcelled together for submission. The parcel must include the United Kingdom Application Form for Schools.

For further tips and techniques on writing a Haiku please read ‘How to Make Haiku’ the JAL Foundation’s guide to writing Haiku. For inspiration on writing haiku you can read the winners and runners-up haiku from the 2015 ‘Morning’ 2013 ‘Impression of Dreams’ and 2011 ‘Impressions of Festivals’ World Children’s Haiku contest.

If you have any questions regarding the competition please contact the Japan Society Education Team on tel: 020 3075 1995 or email: education@japansociety.org.uk.

Please send entries to: Haiku Contest, Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP.

For more information on the JAL Foundation or to enter the Haiku Contest from outside the UK, please visit the JAL Foundation website. Please note that the Japan Society can only handle entries from the UK.

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