Conversation 94: Opportunities To Publish Your Haiku

Introduction

THE DAILY HAIKU is growing, thriving and spreading more haiku love, something I am very excited about. As you start to explore and develop your haiku you may also want to find other opportunities to share your work.  This blog grew from a post on TDH asking for information on where members can publish their work and find other ways to get involved in haiku. Thank you for your helpful responses and if members have any other suggestions do please add them to the comment thread.  

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Our haiku films at TDH, firstly ‘Celebrating 100 days of THE DAILY HAIKU’ and then with our partners Paper Nations the series I EVEN DREAM IN HAIKU offered a great way for members to publish, perform and collaborate.  We are now looking to the future at TDH and hope to also offer more opportunities to share and publish your work including the possibilities of more films, open mics, an anthology and competition. Do share your thoughts on this in the comment thread too.
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If you have not yet had a chance to catch the films go to the HAIKU section here on THE GREAT MARGIN https://thegreatmargin.org/haiku/
and for CELEBRATING 100 DAYS OF THE DAILY HAIKU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8jNHxobyig
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So I would urge you to continue sharing your haiku with or without images of course on TDH but also to think about publishing your work in other places too.  Before listing some of these opportunities and resources I am thrilled that TDH member Keith Evetts has agreed to share his experiences of starting to get his poetry and haiku published, also collaborating and encouraging others to take the plunge.

Keith Evetts

Although I’ve written verses for many years, for friends, and began to focus on haiku and senryu when I joined The Daily Haiku in July 2020, it’s only this year, 2021, I gained the confidence to submit for publication.  I dithered for ages!  Partly because I didn’t feel I was good enough; and partly because I think poetry should be free (I almost never buy poetry publications).

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I was lucky to get in touch with Prof Lucy Newlyn, at the time a member of TDH, who kindly evaluated and encouraged my longer poems and gave me the confidence to begin submitting.  In the first half of this year I’ve had four published – a great thrill  – in The Oxford Magazine where in the past, Tolkein, Auden, C S Lewis and the current Laureate Simon Armitage have been published.  Now I must try to find homes for another two hundred…..

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Emboldened, in April I began submitting haiku and senryu to various journals, and participating in The Haiku Foundation’s renku sessions, haiku dialogues and monthly kukai – a competition where each poet submits just one entry, the entries are put online anonymously, and all participating poets can then vote.  In the past ten weeks I’ve had about a dozen published in journals, and about as many mentions in the Foundation’s commentaries, including a verse selected for the tan-renga archived by the Foundation.   Very encouraging.

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What have I learned?  Well, for full length poems the market is very tight.  All the more so because I write poetry with structure and rhyme, which although it’s coming slightly back into fashion, tends not to attract editors who are seeking dynamic innovative forms and poems about the topical social themes we all know about.   For whole collections, the only choice, if you want to be published, seems to be self-publication.  I’m still thinking about that.  The cold facts are that readerships and circulations tend to be limited to the few who are interested, unless you’re already famous, or write popular comedic verse or similarly digestible material.

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For haiku things are easier.  There are very many publications, easy to find in searches, or by noting where authors you like get their verses published.  Most are free-to-read, both online and a combination of online and print.  All have very clear instructions on what and how to submit.  Haiku take up little space, so it is easier for editors to devote space to many different voices.  I must say right away that non-acceptance is the norm.  My striking rate is about one in ten accepted.

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If you’re aiming for publication, then you have to write proper haiku.  Read as much currently published haiku as possible.  Find publications whose material you like.  For English haiku, participate in the Haiku Foundations sessions – or at least read them: they are invaluable for learning.  You can join their forum workshops to test and hone your works.  Or zero in on the publishers of formal 5-7-5 if you prefer.  Then pick your best material and the publications you like, and start submitting.

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Don’t be downhearted if none or just one is taken – it doesn’t mean your work is bad.  Editors want to fill their pages with a balance of voices and material.  They have problems of their own.  Make life easier for them if you can.  If they respond, thank them.  Some editors, though busy, do respond within a few weeks, even if they aren’t going to accept most or any of your stuff.  I must say, I tend to like them and will think of them first if I have more material; whereas with other publications it’s like sending a probe into a black hole, and I don’t feel like doing that again!

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Ask yourself why you want to publish.  I don’t intend to make a late career in poetry.  It’s just a matter of achieving a standard and enjoying a little recognition.  As with any achievement, say a degree or a medal, you want it while you haven’t got it, then a very short while after you get there, you become quite relaxed about the whole thing!  What I enjoy most is reader reaction to my works:  I write for them, and it’s thrilling when readers respond positively and enjoy my poetry.  Knowing I’m now published, I feel they pay a bit more attention.   So do other poets – once you break through the clouds, you start recognising their names.

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Lately I’ve taken huge pleasure encouraging others in TDH not to be shy, but to have a go, perhaps with a suggestion where to send a particular work.  The results have been really gratifying!  Several have in turn enjoyed the thrill of their first publication in a journal or mention in a Foundation commentary.  The warm fuzzy feeling, I can tell you, is as good as anything of my own.

Haiku Opportunities
Whilst there are specialist publications, podcasts and other organisations that specialise in haiku it is worth sending haiku to literary magazines too. Here a list of UK Literary magazines and submission guidelines https://www.neonbooks.org.uk/big-list-literary-magazines/
World list search for poetry:
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Alan Summers has set up the innovative Blo͞o Outlier Journal http://area17.blogspot.com/…/haibun-and-bloo-outlier…
He tells us issue #2 should be out by the end of June, fingers crossed! Issue #3 will have lots of surprises, and a feature regarding opportunities and inclusivity! There will be a call for wildlife haiku will go out late Summer.
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Marion Clarke highlights the excellent opportunities to join in with more haiku writing, resources and publication THE HAIKU FOUNDATION including their amazing digital library alongside this helpful resource https://thehaikufoundation.org/forum_sm/index.php?board=14.0   

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Prune Juice is a long established magazine focusing on English senryu and related forms https://prunejuicesenryu.com
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Poetry Pea is a podcast that also produces regular journals check the website for guidelines on submission for haiku https://poetrypea.com
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Raamesh G R highlights Café haiku publishes haiku on invited themes. They also publish an annual anthology.

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Lakshmi Iyer highlights Poetry Society of NZ list of publications accepting haiku. https://poetrysociety.org.nz/…/haiku…/publications/3

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Really useful resource listing haiku and related form opportunities https://www.raysweb.net/haikujournals/
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Frogpond Journal from the Haiku Society of America http://www.hsa-haiku.org
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Failed Haiku https://failedhaiku.com English senryu
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Haiku International Association HIA https://www.haiku-hia.com/about_en/organization.htm
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Great resources at DRIFTING-SANDS-HAIBUN.ORG https://drifting-sands-haibun.org/resources/
Haiku In Action: Submit Today — Nick Virgilio Haiku Association https://www.nickvirgiliohaiku.org/…/haiku-in-action…
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Another brilliant initiative from Alan Summer MAH MIGHT HAIKU JOURNAL https://mahmighthaikujournal.blogspot.com/…/a-mahmight…
and also
The Monthly Tricycle Haiku Challenge https://tricycle.org/haiku/…
COLDMOONJOURNAL.BLOGSPOT.COM  Cold Moon Journal
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Alan Summers highlights The Heron’s Nest who have revamped their website! The beauty of the Heron’s Nest journal is that it’s an online webzine that has a print ANNUAL! Win win! 🙂https://www.theheronsnest.com/June2021/
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Anthony North writes there are a number of prompt sites you may not be aware of. I collected their schedule and links here at KEYUDOS http://keyudos.com/2021/05/01/writing-prompt-schedule/
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And do explore the myriad of opportunities to share and publish haiku to be found on Twitter including @HaikuCrush @HaikuCommentary @haikutec

 

2 Comments on “Conversation 94: Opportunities To Publish Your Haiku”

  1. More outlets: with notes on some I’ve tried (there are several more outstanding – too soon to say)

    Noon Journal of the Short Poem https://noonpoetry.com/

    Wales Haiku Journal https://www.waleshaikujournal.com/ Submitted. Responsive, Replied. Published.

    Prune Juice – see above: Submitted, responsive, about to publish
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    Cold Moon Journal – see above. Excellent. Responsive, dialogue, published several

    Presence Journal https://haikupresence.org/submit/

    https://isletpoetry.wordpress.com/submissions Submitted, no response

    Heliosparrow — open submissions on a rolling basis
    https://heliosparrow.com/ Submitted. Responsive. Dialogue. Published.

    https://haikukontinuum.com/submissions-in-english/

    http://www.dailyhaiga.org/
    http://www.dailyhaiga.org/submissions/
    ongoing – completely unpublished haiga altho the haiku can have been published

    Mainichi English haiku submissions https://mainichi.jp/english/contact/haiku/ Submitted. Notoriously unresponsive!

    tsuri-doro rolling submissions,
    https://tsuridoro.org/contact Submitted. No response.

    Otoroshi Journal (horrorku)
    https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines Submitted. Replied. Did not accept.

    https://senryu.life/submissions.html

    https://sites.google.com/site/worldhaikureview2/home

    Cattails: twice a year. http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/

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