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Monday 2 October 2023

18th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2023-2024

The Japan Society is pleased to announce that the 18th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2023-2024 is now open for entries, focusing on the theme of “Family”. This contest is a golden opportunity for individuals aged 15 and under to showcase their creative talents. Share with us your unique haiku and captivating artwork, and let your imagination run wild! Don't miss the chance to take part and celebrate the bonds of family through the art of haiku by submitting your entries before Monday 15 January 2024. UPDATE: deadline has now been extended to 18 February 2024.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera.  

Award ceremony in Tokyo for winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards*. 

For further details and access to the application form, please click here.  

Rules and Entry Guidelines  


  • One entry per child (either typed or handwritten) on the theme of "Family". 
  • Applicants must be the age of 15 and under as of 15 January 2024. 
  • 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 (8.5in. x 11in.). 
  • Glue the application form on the back of the work. 
  • Please note that the Japan Society can only receive entries from applicants based in the UK. 


  • 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  • Every entry must be the original and unpublished work of the child himself/herself.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. 
  • All rights (for compositions and artwork) will be reserved by JAL Foundation.  

Contest Results 

  • Contest results will be announced on the JAL Foundation and Japan Society websites in June 2024. 
  • Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be invited to an award ceremony in Tokyo*. Winners will be decided by a panel of judges organized by JAL Foundation. (Each will receive ¥100,000 as grant money for travel and accommodation expenses in Japan) Both foreign residents and residents in Japan will receive round-trip air tickets (economy class) to Tokyo for two. 
  • Haiku By World Children, Volume 18 will be shown in the entertainment program on Boeing 787 international Japan Airlines flights. 
  • The winning haiku from all contests will be posted on JAL Foundation's website. 

 *Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are the top 3 entries chosen from all participating local contests out of Japan.  

Schools, community groups and individual entries should all be sent to: 
Haiku Contest 
The Japan Society 
13/14 Cornwall Terrace 
London NW1 4QP 

To enter the Haiku Contest from outside the UK, please visit the JAL Foundation website