Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest

Submission Guidelines:

Theme:  New Beginning

first coffee…
aren’t you going to sleep
little bat
–Maya Lyubenova (“Flecks of Blue / Парченца синьо”, 2010)


The contest is open to everyone but the members of the Jury, the contest coordinator, and their relatives.
The submitted haiku must be original work of the author, unpublished (online or in a printed edition) and not shared on any social media (including closed/private groups).
Poets may submit in English or in Bulgarian. For the Bulgarian section see: Условия за участие

Number of haiku:

Each poet may submit no more than 2 haiku.

Submission period:

January 1, 2020 – February 15, 2020


Caroline Skanne
Iliyana Stoyanova
Frank Williams


Tzetzka Ilieva

Email for submission:

Please write your poems, name, and country of origin in the body of the email. Attachments will not be opened.


The names of the winners, the winning haiku (1st, 2th, and 3th place), and their translations in Bulgarian  will be published on this site by the end of March.