cinnamon art stories International Haiku Prize


cinnamon art stories International Haiku Prize was created in 2021 to encourage creativity and empower children through their imagination, confidence and communication. Through this community event, we invite children to transform their memories into a tangible and poetic creation.

The first edition runs from 8 February to 20 June 2021 (extended from 18 April), and is open to children born on or after 1 January 2010. 


2021 Theme: Memory


Memory is inspired by the six artists featured in cinnamon art stories Exploring Art collection. David Hockney, Wu Guanzhong, Nam June Paik, Louise Bourgeois, Piet Mondrian and Gustav Klimt are of different nationalities and artistic styles with one common thread - their past memories and experiences influenced their body of work. We invite children to think about a moment or period in their lives. What made you remember this moment, and how did it make you feel? Transform this memory into a tangible and poetic creation - haiku.

What is haiku?

Haiku is a short form of poetry, originating from Japan. Haiku often capture a fleeting moment in time. The language and imagery used are simple but meaningful. Traditional haiku take inspiration from nature and consists of 17 syllables, split into three phrases. Modern haiku do not stick to the 17 syllabi pattern, but still follow a three phrase pattern.



  • Pay attention to the little details in your day-to-day surroundings 
  • Simple words can have big meanings when put together
  • Think about how you can incorporate punctuation to create rhythm and excitement in your haiku 
  • Read it aloud in different voices. Speed it up, slow it down. Pause. Does your haiku sound different? How does it make you feel?


  • Open to all nationalities, born on or after 1 January 2010
  • Up to 3 entries per applicant
  • Haiku must be submitted in English and with accompanying text (up to 70 words; in English), explaining the author's inspiration or idea behind the submitted haiku
  • Haiku can be typewritten or handwritten. For typewritten submissions, we recommend Arial, Garamond, Helvetica or Times New Roman typefaces in size 12, double-spaced



Deadline: 20 June 2021 (extended from 18 April 2021)
Entries should only be submitted by email:
For hardcopy submissions on behalf of more than 10 applicants, please contact us for the appropriate mailing address.

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  • First Name and Last Name 
  • Date of Birth, in this format: 30 Jan 2012
  • Nationality 
  • Proof of payment (PDF or JPEG)
  • Submitted entries with accompanying text (up to 3) [please attach a PDF or Word document]
  • Application fee (per entry, non-refundable): SGD 20. If 3 entries are submitted, the application fee is SGD 60
  • Payment Methods: Payment can be made via this link (Credit Card, PayNow, AliPay, WeChat Pay) or adding the International Haiku Prize product to your cart. Contact us at for bank transfer and alternative payment methods
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to the terms and conditions stated below and will automatically be added to our mailing list



Jury will be announced after the application deadline.


  • Laureates will be announced in July 2021, first on cinnamon art stories e-newsletter, followed by official website ( and social media channels (@cinnamonartstories). Laureates will be notified by email
  • 8 prizes will be awarded: Prix d'Excellence (for the best all-round haiku), Prix d'Imagination (for the most imaginative haiku), Prix de la Langue (for flair in the nuances of language), Prix d'Expression (for heartfelt sincerity), Prix du Poesie (for artistry in writing), Prix de l'Esprit (for humor and wit), Prix Sensible (for expressing beauty and delicacy), Prix Jeune Espoir (for encouragement and potential)
  • Winning entries by laureates will be published by cinnamon art stories in an anthology in 2022
  • Laureates will receive a certificate and one copy of the published anthology
    Terms & Conditions

    1. cinnamon art stories (the "Organiser") reserves the right to disqualify entries that are incomplete, found to contain false information, plagiarism, or indecipherable, without notice and appeal
    2. The International Haiku Prize jury are invited by the Organiser, and may consist of one or more literary figure(s) from Singapore and abroad
    3. Entries must be unpublished. Works posted on social media or private blogs are considered published
    4. Entries may not be edited or changed once submitted. We consider the first entry received per applicant as the final submission. Should we receive more than 3 entries from the same applicant, the applicant will automatically be disqualified without notice and appeal
    5. Prizewinners' names, ages and nationalities will be published on the Organiser's website (, e-newsletter, social media channels and forthcoming anthology. Results are final and non-reversible
    6. The Organiser may request for a copy of the proof of identity of any applicant, at random and at any time of the competition, to verify their age, from the beginning of the application period to announcement of results. Failure to provide verifiable documents within a reasonable period will result in automatic disqualification
    7. Laureates must provide a mailing address to receive their prizes
    8. Entries will be judged blindly to ensure a fair and merit-based selection (jury will not know the author's name, age or nationality)
    9. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Creativity, rhythm, language, relevance to the chosen theme, clarity of thought
    10. Copyright of the haiku and accompanying text remains that of the author, but submission is an automatic agreement to allow the Organiser to publish the haiku and accompanying text (including but not limited to online and print media, social media channels, all existing and future digital applications). This extends to granting the Organiser exclusive and royalty-free rights to publish, print and use the submitted entries throughout the world in perpetuity, and license others to do so, without limitation or compensation.


    Last Updated: 14 April 2021