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Our guidelines for submitting work to Simply Haiku.

Submissions that deviate from these guidelines will not be read, sent back, or used.

  1. Include a short 5 sentence non-run-on biography. Readers don't have time to read lengthy bios, and your submissions, if accepted, will speak more of your poetry and artistry than credits that read like an "I'm trying to impress you sheet."
  2. Submit a clear, visible .jpg or .tiff photograph of yourself with good resolution.
  3. All haiku, haibun and tanka submissions should be made in plain text, without any special formatting, using the forms provided. A form is also provided for uploading haiga submissions to the haiga editor. Those that do not will not be responded to.
  4. Edit your work, check for misspellings, poor grammar, omissions, and typos. Submissions requiring a lot of editing will not be used.
  5. We do not allow those whose works are accepted to review online the placement of their work or to tell our staff how to lay out their work.
  6. Submit no less than 10 previously unpublished haiku (in English and your mother tongue) or haiga per submission. All haiku must include a kigo and adhere to the S/L/S metric schemata indigenous to the haiku genre. One line haiku are acceptable in some cases if they include substitutes for cutting words and there is more that nine syllables. We no longer print a person's single poem or haiga. We will showcase five of a selected poet's works, giving readers a broader perspective of one's style, voice, and talent. Haiku must not be object-biased (subjective/mono). True haiku is more concerned with the process versus objects. A haiku cannot "tell all" and must allow room for the reader's interpretation.
  7. Submit no more than three works when submitting haibun.
  8. Submit no less than 6 previously unpublished tanka, written utilizing the traditional  5 line  S/L/S/L/L meter indigenous to tanka. We will showcase 3 tanka per poet. In case of translations from one language into English (which are not always consistent with the required meter) such exceptions are allowed.  Read tanka published in recent issues of Simply Haiku to get a sense of what we are looking for.
  9. Haiga must be professional and well laid out. Tanka or haiku on a haiga must be traditional in meter (S/L/S), and be in harmony with its background, and be legible. Media used for the background art can be varied, but it needs to be well done. No lazy quick sketches or childish drawings, please. Poetry must be on the graphic or photo along with its author's name or print mark. In haiga, the background as well as the poem must be good. A great photograph, sketch, or painting with a so-so haiku or tanka won't do. Submit your finest work.
  10. All book reviews, interviews, and essays must be well written, researched, and edited. Chapbooks will not be reviewed except for rare exceptions. We accept PDF review copies of excellent poetry, haiga, haibun, and textbooks.   In some cases SH will publish features, mainly interviews, that do not conform to its vision, but contain some useful information. We do not publish rebuttals or allow the journal to be a forum for debate.
    Follow the submissions guidelines to a T.  Read through the genre section you want to submit to in the current issue of Simply Haiku.Query Saša Važić or Robert D. Wilson before submitting. Works and reviews must adhere to Simply Haiku's vision of traditional Japanese poetry.
  11. Renga will be accepted, but not renku or rengay. Renga must adhere to the S/L/S/L/L metric schemata indigenous to renga. Since they are composed by two or more persons, multiple submissions are not necessary and due to space concerns, these works will not be submitted by individual bios or photographs. If they have been previously published, they will not be accepted.
  12. No work will be read outside of the submission deadlines and will be immediately returned to you for re-submission.
  13. Simply Haiku is a showcase for English language Japanese short form poetry. As such, we do not accept avant garde or experiemental verse. All poetry submitted must conform to the S/L/S etc. meter indigenous to Japanese short form poetry.


Please re-read Publishers' Note and Our Vision on this site's homepage before submitting your work.



The following paragraphs must be signed by each author and included with their submissions:

Upon agreeing to publication, Simply Haiku acquires first rights, and retains the right to archive work online for an indefinite period. You, therefore, agree to Simply Haiku republishing your work within the format of the magazine edition your work was accepted for at any time and in any publication format, for both the purpose of being reproduced or sold to the public under the name of Simply Haiku.

Author retains all other rights upon publication. We accept only original, unpublished work, no reprints, except in special circumstances; such as translated work or work that needs wider distribution due to specific political content or restricted distribution rights in the country where it was produced and where we have the authority of the previous publisher.

Please enclose a covering letter under these circumstances.

Any submissions that do not include the above contractual agreement will not be accepted nor will we respond. Do your homework before submitting work.


I have read and agree to the above guidelines.

Your Name: ________________________

Date: _____________________



Simply Haiku is published annually.
The deadline for submissions is May 13th.


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