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Last Chance to Submit to the April 2020 THF Monthly Kukai

Welcome to the THF Monthly Kukai!

This month’s theme:


The kukai submission period ends tonight at midnight (east coast time), so give your work a last polish and send it to us pronto. Good luck!

The THF Kukai Overview

A kukai is a (usually quite casual) poetry contest. The administrator of the kukai (that’s us) assigns a theme for a given writing period and posts to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) on the THF site, which is then redirected outward through our various media outlets. Poets write work to this theme during the allotted time and submit it to the administrator. The work submitted is gathered into an anonymous roster and posted to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) for public viewing. At that time all participating poets and other interested readers may vote for their favorites. Votes are tallied and the results made public. Ten winners will be acknowledged each month, and offered their choice of prizes from a list compiled by the Foundation.

Writing for The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai

On or about the first day of each month The Haiku Foundation will announce the kukai theme for that month. This theme should be the topic of your poem(s), and may be stated (by using the theme word or words) or implied. Form may be traditional (three-line, 5-7-5) or free (various numbers of lines and/or syllables). Season words (kigo) may or may not be used at the poet’s discretion. A poet may submit no more than three (3) poems per theme. All poems must be the original, unpublished work of the author. All submissions must be sent via The Haiku Foundation’s dedicated kukai email address using the subject line KUKAI SUBMISSION. No other submissions will be recognized or honored. Once a poem is submitted it cannot be revised. All poems must be signed (that is, no “anonymous” poems will be accepted). Poets will not receive acknowledgment of their submissions. Poems will be accepted from the announcement of the theme through midnight of the 15th of that month. All poets are eligible to participate. Aadministrators of the kukai are ineligible to submit poems. Your submission email to us should look something like this:


line one
   followed by line two
      and then line three
[second line indented 3 spaces; third line indented 6 spaces]


this poem is all in one line


[all lines right-justified]


If your poems have special formatting requirements you should note them as above.

Good luck, and have fun!


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Dear haijins

    I am Happy to have found your site by chance… or not. I like to write haïkus… in French. My question: is this site and is kukai restricted to English submissions?

    Many thanks ?

    1. dear mAL: sorry i didn’t see your comment in time for this kukai, but yes, please feel free to submit in french in future kukai, and if you supply an english translation we’ll post that as well.

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