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Still Time to Submit to the May 2020 THF Monthly Kukai

Welcome to the THF Monthly Kukai!

This month’s theme:


The kukai submission period ends at midnight (east coast time) on the 15th of the month, so you have one week left to polish up your poem and send it in. 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 shall vote for their favorites. Votes are tallied and the results made public. 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 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, 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 one poem 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 All poems must be the original, unpublished work of the author.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. Administrators 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


this poem is all in one line


[all lines right-justified]


If your poems have special formatting requirements you should note them as in the third example above.

Good luck, and have fun!


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Where can we find the post with the haiku that were submitted for the month? I realize it may not be published yet, but even when it is, I’m not sure where to find it.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Never mind. I found it! I enjoyed and can relate to so many of them! I’m so happy I discovered this website.

  2. I would advise poets NOT to post on this webpage as the Kukai is ANONYMOUS! 🙂
    The email to send your poem(s) SECRETLY and ANONYMOUSLY is:
    Subject line of your email is KUKAI SUBMISSION
    I hope someone deletes those two entries QUICKLY! I rather like them, but they cannot be voted on as we know the authors.
    Make it secret, use email, and good luck! 🙂

    1. Your instructions for the ‘anonomous’ kukai say to add your name and place of residence???

      1. Hi Jenny,
        I’m not one of the organisers.
        Our name and places of residence can be included in the email, which is private. The organiser(s) will need those details, in private.
        What they will do is then just post the poem without the name and residence details, on a future post here.
        So the organisers will know the names privately, and when the voting finishes, they will tally up the voting, and eventually publish the results WITH the names of the authors and places of residences. But all of that is private in an email to them.
        We email the organisers PRIVATELY, and not post here.
        Good luck!

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