Haiku Requirements


Haiku submitted MUST be activity-biased* versus object-biased. Most of what is accepted by publications today are senryu masquerading as haiku, and/or lack a true connection with zôka, nature's creative force. Haiku is not whatever a person wants to encapsulate into three lines. Haiku makes use of aesthetic styles (tools) to forge mood, and unearth a surplus of words. Haiku hints at and leaves room for a reader's subjective interpretation. Kigo is not an illustrative modifier used to enhance a senryu-esque thought. Meter is important to haiku. Indigenous to haiku is the short/long/short metric schemata.

*Activity-biased:  about the process of becoming and changing versus a concrete object or objects.

If you are new to writing haiku, understand that it is one of the hardest verse forms to compose. We only showcase the finest haiku.

Sometimes I suggest slight changes. If you have a large ego and resent editing, submit your poetry somewhere else. An editor isn't a "feel good" everything is wonderful "Stepford" rubber stamp ducky.

As a serious academic literary journal it is a privilege to have your haiku published in Simply Haiku.  Do your homework. Read haiku published in past issues. If you think your haiku merits a wide audience (over 12,000 readers internationally), submit using our online submission form. 

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A nature word in itself used in a short poem, doesn't make it a kigo or make the poem a haiku. It is the intent of the word and the context in which it is used, that makes its use valid. Too many use a nature word as a descriptive modifier, to illustrate a point they are making, without connecting with zoka, the creative force of nature. They use zoka for their poetic means instead of listening and learning from zoka.
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