Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Upcoming haiku deadlines

Haiku contest season seems to be in full swing right now.  If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket from a recent sale, here are some contests with reading fees that are currently open:

- Bloodroot Haiku Contest: .$8 per poem.  (No fee for NCPS members.)  Deadline: January 19th.
- Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition$10 for up to three haiku or $20 for up to 10 haiku.  Deadline: January 31st.
- Hooked on Haiku Contest$10 for up to five haiku.  Deadline: April 17th.

For those who can't afford reading fees at the moment, don't despair.  All of the following contests are free to enter:

Association Santoka International Haiku Contest: Deadline: January 21st.
- Golden Triangle's Golden Haiku Contest: Deadline: February 2nd.
- Wild Plum Haiku Contest: Deadline: February 28th.
IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku AwardDeadline: March 1st.
The Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial  Haiku/Senryu Contest: Deadline: April 15th.

The following journals stop reading submissions for their next issue on February 15th:

- cattails
- Prune Juice
- the Aurorean

Acorn closes shortly thereafter, on February 28th.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Haiku journals: which ones require credit as first publisher?

Generally, when an editor reprints a poem, they'll include a note at the end of the poem (or on the Acknowledgments page, if a in book or chapbook) stating when and by whom the poem was first published.  In some cases this acknowledgment is required by the rights that the first publisher acquired; in other cases, it's merely a courtesy.

Some markets don't allow for the acknowledgment of first publication.  One of these is Snapshot Press' annual haiku calendar, which includes poems chosen from entries to their Haiku Calendar Competition (the current contest closes on January 31st).  If you're submitting poems to a contest, magazine, or other market that explicitly states they can't -- or won't -- include acknowledgment of any previous publication, it's up to you as the submitter to make sure that your poem isn't in violation of any contractual terms or obligations if it gets selected for publication by that venue.

Many poetry magazines, especially the smaller ones, don't specify whether acknowledgment when reprinting is required or not.  To be safe, you should always check their submissions or guidelines web page, as well as any agreement you signed and any correspondence between the magazine and yourself.

Below is a brief list of some haiku journals (both print and online) that either require or request acknowledgment if a poem is reprinted.

- cattails

"All rights revert back to authors upon publication, although credits for having been first-published in cattails (both online and in print), are required, as are credits for any collaboration of any submission."


"In the event of subsequent re-publication, DailyHaiku should be listed as the place of first publication."

Failed Haiku -- which incidentally doesn't acknowledge previous publications -- states in its guidelines that it doesn't require you to acknowledge it as the place of first publication, though the editor "will love it if you do!"

- Modern Haiku

"Modern Haiku requests the courtesy of acknowledging first publication in our journal."

"If your work is included in an issue, please credit the journal as R'r or Roadrunner. Thank you!"

- Shamrock Haiku Journal

"If your work is included in Shamrock, please credit the journal as Shamrock or Shamrock Haiku Journal. Thank you in advance."

If you know of other haiku magazines that ask for or require acknowledgment, feel free to mention them in the comments below.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Magazine review: Wild Plum, Fall and Winter 2017 issue

Before today, I'd never read an issue of Wild Plum.  While I was on their website checking out the 2018 haiku contest, I saw a note stating that the current online issue would be their last one.  I thought I might as well check it out.

Issue 3:2, Fall & Winter 2017, is a big issue.  Behind the awesome cover picture (by Maria Tomczak) are 50+ PDF pages of haiku, senryu, and haiga.

Not being familiary with the journal, I don't know if they have themed issues or solicited topics, but right off the bat this issue seems to center around the idea of aging and the later stages of life.

accepting old age September roses 
- Phyllis Lee

more bruise

than banana
autumn deepens 

- Dave Read

It may be because it's the autumn/winter issue (which makes sense, though I'm not familiar enough with the journal to say for sure) but many of the poems invoke autumn, winter, and deserted places to tell their story.  However, there are some light-hearted poems as well.

washing denims--

peppermint lip gloss
full cycle 
- Jill Lange

Overall, this issue is a great read.  Many of the poems take on a sadder tone, alluding to the end of the magazine's run, but that won't stop you from enjoying them.  There are so many good poems here, it's hard to highlight just a few.  If I had to pick a favorite of the bunch -- which I don't, but I will anyway -- it would be this one:

just one swan

returns this year
. . . ripples on the pond 
- Lesley Anne Swanson

The magazine is laid out nicely, with lots of white space.  The poems are center-justified and spaced evenly on the page, with full-page haiga interwoven with pages of haiku.

Wild Plum issue 3:2 is free to read or download, and can be found online at WildPlumHaiku.wordpress.com.  With the abundance of poetry magazines both online and in print, many good ones get overlooked.  This issue is not one to miss.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Body Parts Magazine reading for "Primal Fears" stories

Body Parts Magazine is currently open to submissions on the theme of "Primal Fears:"

Footsteps follow but you turn around, and no one's there. You're alone in the dark. Lost in a strange and terrible place with no exits. You have no control. See and hear monsters under the bed, bogeymen and bad guys. Creepy-crawlies. Things that squish, splat, burst and ooze. Trapped in your body, trapped in your mind. Reality slips away. You're nothing more than an animal. Prey. Meat. Here are all the old terrors of childhood, the primitive, reptilian fears that have haunted our species since we first slunk from the mud and the fears that will chase us into the future.

Deadline for submissions on this theme is March 1st 2018.  Payment is $5 for flash fiction or $10 to $20 for longer stories.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015

Dwarf Stars Award 2015