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Wednesday 20 October 2021

Enter the 17th World Children’s Haiku Contest

Enter the 17th World Children’s Haiku Contest

We are excited to announce the launch of the JAL Foundation 17th World Children’s Haiku Contest on the theme of Towns. The contest is a chance for those aged 15 and under to flex their creative muscles - send us your original haiku and artwork before Sunday 28 February 2022 to take part!

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera. Other prizes will also be awarded.

Visit the contest page to find out more.


Haiku are short poems, split over three lines, and usually contain a seasonal word. Composing haiku is a great way to take notice of the world around us and capture a moment in time. This year, we’d love to see haiku on this year’s theme of ‘Towns’.

How to Take Part

  • We invite everyone aged 15 and under to get involved. Visit our contest page to find out more and to download the application form.

  • This year we are looking for haiku on the theme of ‘towns’ and we encourage you to look at the places around you for inspiration. Any haiku connected to this theme is eligible.

  • Did you know that haiku don’t have to be 7-5-7 syllables in English? Check out our How to Haiku video and download the Beyond 7-5-7 booklet for more tips!

  • When you’re ready and have prepared your entry according to the guidelines on our contest page, send your entry to: Haiku Contest, The Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP


The Haiku Contest, organised by the JAL Foundation, has been running since 1990 and has been held every two years since then. The 2021-2022 Contest is sponsored by Japan Airlines and run with support and assistance from the Japan Society.

For more information on the JAL Foundation or to enter the Haiku Contest from outside the UK, please visit the JAL Foundation website.