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The Haiku Invitational presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. is an online contest with six main categories receiving submissions from all over the world. The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International, and Youth (age 17 and younger) will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2021 festival some which include: Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, 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. Click here to see how we have celebrated winning haiku in the past!

Now accepting submissions until June 1, 2021. Click here to submit.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We look forward to announcing our winners in the fall. 

We are hosting a FREE “How to Haiku” workshop with Michael Dylan Welch and would love for you to join us! 

Click here to register: April 17 at 10:00 am PST—”How to Haiku” Workshop

Click here to register: April 17 at 2:00 pm PST—”How to Haiku” Workshop

Read the 2020 winning selections (click here) and commentary (click here) for inspiration. You can also read about our winners! (click here)

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

2021 Haiku Invitational Judge Bios:

Chuck Brickley’s collection of haiku, Earthshine (in its fourth printing), won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (2017), and honorable mentions in the Haiku Society of America’s Kanterman Book Awards (2018) and the inaugural Marianne Bluger Book Award (2020). One of his haibun was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2018), another for a Sonders Best Small Fiction Award (2019). Chuck is second vice president for the Haiku Society of America, and a panelist for the Touchstone Award for individual poems. Visit

Terri L. French is a writer and editor who currently serves on the Haiku Foundation board of directors. She is also on the editorial team of the online journal, Contemporary Haibun Online. Terri is past southeast regional coordinator of the Haiku Society of America and former editor of Prune Juice journal of senryu and kyoka. Her publishing credits and books may be found at Now retired, Terri and her husband, Ray, and dog, Chaka, enjoy the nomadic lifestyle of full-time RVers.
Claudia Coutu Radmore is the author of the haiku collection The Business of Isness, and the tanka collection Fish Spine Picked Clean, as well as several collections of longer poetry. Claudia was the preliminary judge of the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 haiku contest, and for Collected Haiku, the resulting chapbook. She edited the annual Haiku Canada members’ anthology for several years and coedited, with Marco Fraticelli, its 35th and 40th-anniversary anthologies, Touch of the Moth and Wordless. She is the president of Haiku Canada.

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