Saturday, February 17, 2018

Haiku market updates

Some haiku market news:
  • Helen is no longer a paying market, as of the new year. 
  • Acorn and tinywords both close to submissions at the end of February.
Some haiku contests with upcoming deadlines:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Literary Hatchet #19

The Literary Hatchet #19 is available now.  You can read or download a digital copy for free, or purchase a paper copy to support the press.  There are some really good dark stories and poems in this 184-page issue.  Definitely check out "The Nightmare Collector" by Bruce Boston and "Anxious" by Chani Zwibel.

If you have work to submit, take a look at their submission guidelines and then send them your best.  They pay $10 for fiction (1000 to 6000 words) and $5 for poetry (under 100 lines).

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.

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