Haiku Journal is a literary enterprise which celebrates the art of haiku. We exist only online, and purely for the love of poetry. We are small and dedicated. Haiku Journal is purely about haiku, and nothing else.
Simplicity is the key here. Keep it simple and beautiful. Haiku should seem to say more than what is possible in three lines. They should resonate beyond themselves somehow.
Notes of interest:
We post the poems we accept online for the world to see. If you post, you are giving permission to print it. This is also clearly in our guidelines.
When you submit, the process of posting your work to our current online issue is automated. Once it is approved by one of our editors, it magically appears in the current issue exactly as you typed it. There is no extra editing here. We either accept the poem as it is, or we do not.
You cannot withdraw your poem after it is accepted because once it is accepted, it is already printed online in an issue. You can only withdraw prior to acceptance by logging into the submission manager and clicking “withdraw.”
Your haiku should not have a title. We do print the name of the author with each poem. Please do not try to title your submissions. We want every poem to appear clean/minimal. We believe minimalism and white space are key to honoring the haiku form and presenting it properly for maximal reading effect.
- We do not charge you to submit.
- We do not pay you anything.
- We do sell our issues in paperback. We need a little revenue to make this site work.
- You are not required to buy anything. We do offer our issues for free online.
Each Haiku Journal issue has 50 poems in it. We do not have a publishing schedule. A new issue is generated when the current issue reaches 50 poems.
Authors are responsible to check on the status of their own submissions. You do that using the submission manager you used to submit your poem. Just log back in and look. The status of your submission should be clearly displayed. Our system does send an automatic notification when the status of your poem changes, but it is often mistaken as spam and filtered out. So to be clear, you are responsible to check on your own status.
Thank you for visiting, and we hope you submit often.