Awards will be presented in the following ten categories:
General Topics (Regional*)
1) Children, grades K-3
2) Children, grades 4-6
3) Youth, grades 7-9
4) Youth, grades 10-12
Haiku about Ukiah (Regional*)
Haiku en Espanol, Temas Generales (Sumisiones Regionales*)
5) Haiku about Ukiah, grades K-6
6) Haiku about Ukiah, grades 7-12
7) Dori Anderson Prize** — Haiku about Ukiah, Adults
8) Para menores de 18 anos
9) Para mayores
International, General Topics, Adult:
10) Jane Reichhold International Prize***
*Regional categories are open to residents of Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake, and Sonoma Counties in northern California. Submissions to regional categories are free of charge. Winners in the regional categories receive a certificate, publication in a booklet of winning haiku, and a copy of the booklet.
**The Dori Anderson Prize honors the memory of Dori Anderson, former head librarian of the Ukiah Branch Library, who originally suggested the idea of the ukiaHaiku festival. Dori served, with wit and wisdom, on the Poet Laureate Committee for many years.
***The Jane Reichhold International Prize is named in honor of internationally renowned haiku poet Jane Reichhold, author of Writing & Enjoying Haiku and other books. Jane has been a ukiaHaiku judge since the early years of the festival and has made a tremendous contribution to the festival in an advisory capacity. The Jane Reichhold International Prize Category is open to submissions from the entire planet. Winners in the Jane Reichhold International Prize Category receive monetary awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a certificate, publication in a booklet of winning haiku, and a copy of the booklet.
For a definition of haiku and examples on which judging criteria are based, please see our Resources page.
ukiahaiku Submission Guidelines
Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. Please note that we have a new regional focus for all categories except one, the Jane Reichhold International Prize, which is open to adults planet-wide. All other categories are open to residents of Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake, and Sonoma counties in northern California.
- Haiku submitted are to be previously unpublished original work by the author submitting.
- Entrants may submit up to three haiku per category. Each entrant, however, may win only one award per category.
- Submit each haiku using either a printed form or the online submission form.
If you submit on paper, send one form for each separate haiku.
- All category submissions are free of charge.
- Haiku are judged anonymously. If submitting on paper, the Haiku Submission Form will be folded in half to allow anonymous judging. Your name MUST NOT appear on the half of the form with your haiku poem. If submitting via the online Haiku Web Submission Form, your submission will be printed out in a way to ensure anonymous judging.
- Haiku must fit inside the box on the Haiku Submission Form.
- Please do not include a title.
- Please read the definitions of haiku in Resources for other judging criteria.
- Winners in each category will be published in a booklet.
- The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah reserves the right to publish, either online or in print, any poems submitted to be festival for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah or the ukiaHaiku festival. Authors retain copyright to their work.
- The ukiaHaiku festival is a juried event. Judges are poets local to Mendocino County. Jane Reichhold will judge the International Prize category.
- Winners only will be notified of their placement. Entries will not be returned.
- Selected entries will be on display the day of the event.
- Current members of the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah and ukiaHaiku judges are not eligible to submit haiku to the competition. Upon leaving their position, former committee members and judges must wait out one year's festival before becoming eligible to submit.
The printed forms are available at any Mendocino County Library, at the Grace Hudson Museum, or as a pdf here.
Mail submissions to:
Post Office Box 865
Ukiah, California 95482
The online web form is here.