The With Words International Online Haiku Competition 2010

Here at With Words we believe in acting locally and thinking globally,
so half of any profits from this competition will go towards literacy
work with children in developing countries, and half will go to
supporting With Words literacy projects in the UK.


1st Prize: £200

2nd Prize: £50

There will also be Highly Commended and Commended categories.

The winning poems will be published on the website. Highly Commended
authors will also be invited to have their haiku published on the
website or choose to retain them for other competitions.


For the purposes of this competition haiku should consist of three
lines but may have any syllable count. For examples of contemporary
haiku please click onto "more" at the top of the page to bring up
different haiku, and for further information on the haiku form, please
click onto: what.html.


Entries will be processed by a With Words administrator and judged
anonymously by Japan Times award-winning poet Alan Summers.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to anyone except With Words appointees involved in the
administration and judging of the competition.

Entries must be your own work in English and you must be the sole
copyright owner of the work. In future years, it may be possible to
open up the competition to other languages.

Entry Fees:

£2 per haiku
£5 for 3 haiku
£10 for 10 haiku
Solution Graphics

To Enter:

  1. Pay for the number of poems you wish to enter into the
    competition, using a credit or debit card, by clicking on one of the PayPal buttons above and following the instructions. Please retain your Paypal Transaction ID number, as you will need to quote this as proof of purchase when you send your competition entries.
  2. Please email the following to:, with 'Haiku 2010' in the subject line.

In the body of the email please list:

  1. The Paypal transaction ID number that you received as confirmation of the purchase of your competition entries.
  2. Your Name.
  3. Your Address.
  4. You can then list your haiku. Please do not give your haiku a title, but instead number them from 1 upwards, up to the total number of entries you have bought.


  1. Please send your entries in plain email text only, with just one clear line of space between each numbered three-line poem.
  2. For ease of processing to the judging stage, you are kindly asked to refrain from including illustrations of your poems, or any special spacing or tabs, or non-standard fonts.
  3. Your haiku will be copied and pasted before judging to retain anonymity of the authors.


All entries should be received by the end of Sunday 21st November


Winners and their winning poems will be announced on this website by Christmas 2010.

If you wish to receive a notification of the winners by email, please send an email to, with no message except “Notify 2010” in the subject line.

We also look forward to posting details of the proceeds raised, and announcing the literacy work we are able to fund from this competition.

Privacy and mailing list:

We will not use your email address for any other purpose, or pass it on to any third parties. However, if you would like to receive occasional updates on With Words news, events, and competitions, please send an email with “Add me” in the subject line to You can take yourself off the mailing list at any time by sending “Remove me” in the subject line to the same address.

The Mean Stuff:

With Words reserves the right not go ahead with the competition if
there are insufficient entries to cover the prize money. In the event
that this is the case, entry fees will be returned. The decision of the
judge is final, and correspondence will not be entered into. Entry into
this competition implies acceptance that the competition will operate
in the manner as described in all paragraphs above.

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