The theme for the 2018 VCBF Haiku Invitational is harmony. How do you harmonize with the natural world and with others around you? Let the idea of harmony be your inspiration as you write about cherry blossoms for this year’s Haiku Invitational Contest!
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Top Winners

Vancouver

Playing tag
under the cherry blossoms—
the streetlights come on

Vicky Rizzardo
Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia

in a dark cupboard
full of coats
cherry blossom petals

Cheryl Ashley
Nanaimo, British Columbia

Canada

riding my bike
a new way home
cherry blossoms

kjmunro
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

United States

yaezakura petals
a child learns to count
beyond 5

Christine L. Villa
North Highlands, California

International

blossom by blossom—
the old cherry tree
gathers light

Eduard Tara
Iași, Romania

Youth

Early morning
the cherry blossom
opens my hand

Daniel Flaszynski, age 10
Christchurch, New Zealand

Click here to enjoy 2018 winning selections & meet our winners!

The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International and Youth) will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2018 festival some which include: publication in The Bulletin magazine, Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, printing in a chapbook hand-folded and bound by Victoria-based Leaf Press and publication on the VCBF website. Winning poems will be read by Christopher Gaze at the VSO’s Tea & Trumpets Concert, at our media-kickoff event, Cherry Jam Downtown concert by media celebrity emcee and celebrated at Sakura Days Japan Fair  Leith Wheeler Haiku House.

For more information, please visit our About Haiku and Teaching Haiku and Some suggestions for writing haiku pages. Click here for additional notes on capitalization and punctuation.

Read past winning haiku here.

2018 Haiku Invitational Judge Bios:

Paul Chambers is an award-winning haiku poet and the founder and editor of the Wales Haiku Journal. He has published more than 200 poems in a range of international journals and anthologies. His first collection, This Single Thread, was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award in 2015, and in 2017 he published a landmark translation of haiku by the Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, in the Times Literary Supplement. His latest collection, Latitudes was published by Alba in November 2017. Paul lives in Newport, Wales.
  Tanya McDonald has coedited several haiku anthologies, including No Longer Strangers, Haiku Northwest’s 25th anniversary anthology. In 2014, she cojudged the Haiku Society of America’s Henderson Haiku Contest. She is the moon half of Seven Suns/ Seven Moons, a quirky, haiku-esque collaboration with Michael Dylan Welch, published in 2016. Her haiku have appeared in numerous haiku journals, several Red Moon anthologies, and A New Resonance 7 in 2011. She was a featured reader at the 25th annual Two Autumns reading in San Francisco. An active member of Haiku Northwest since 2008, she is currently the group’s vice-president. She resides in Woodinville, Washington.
  Jacquie Pearce is a Vancouver-based author of novels for children as well as poetry. Her haiku have won awards, including the 2018 League of Canadian Poets inaugural haiku contest and Best Vancouver Haiku in the 2015 Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational. Her haiku have also appeared in a variety of publications, including the Haiku Canada Review, Frogpond, and The Red Moon Anthology. Jacquie recently shared and taught haiku as writer-in-residence at Joy Kogawa House and coedited The Jade Pond, an anthology of haiku written by the Vancouver Haiku Group. Visit her at http://jacquelinepearce.ca/ and www.wildink.wordpress.com.

Programs subject to change.