Writers in Kyoto present the Third Annual Kyoto Writing Competition

Theme: Kyoto (English language only)

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 (midnight JST)

Genre: Short Shorts (unpublished material only)

Word Limit: 300 words (to fit on a single page)

Form: Short poems, character studies, essays, travel tips, whimsy, haiku sequence, haibun, wordplays, dialogue, experiemental verse, etc. In short, anything that helps show the spirit of place in a fresh light.

Submission Requirements

  • Limited to one per person
  • Must be submitted by Microsoft Word attachment file (PDF attachments are not accepted.)
  • At the top of the page, please write the following information: Full Name, E-mail Contact, Nationality, Current Residence (Town, Country)
  • Please submit the Microsoft Word attachment file to:


Prizes include:

[First Place] ¥30,000 and a Kyoto craft

[Second Place] Kyoto craft and a copy of Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto by John Dougill and John Einarsen

[Third Place] Kyoto craft and a copy of Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto

The winning entry and runners-up will be posted on the Writers in Kyoto website and included in the subsequent WIK Anthology. (See here for video promotion.)

Local Prizes include:

[Within Japan] Gourmet meal for two at Tadg’s Gastro Pub / Special Tours (Details TBA)

[Within the USA] Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America by Kendall H. Brown

Kyoto Crafts and Special Tours are provided by the Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau. Quiet Beauty is awarded by the Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Competition sponsored by the Kyoto Journal, Kyoto International Community House, Tadg’s Gourmet Pub, and Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau.


For 2016 winners, see Peter Mallet’s Kimono Memories, or Nippon by Jesse Efron, or Richard Steiner’s To live in Kyoto .

For the 2017 winners, see Jane Kramer’s The Joys of Silence and Bewilderment or Mark Cody Poulton’s Palm of the Hand Story: The Blue General or Yamaguchi-san by Florentyna Leow.