Friday, September 15, 2017

Magazines that pay to publish haiku

For most of us, writing haiku is not lucrative.  Haiku journals typically don't pay even a token amount, and you're lucky to find ones that offer contributor copies.  (Writers of speculative haiku have much better pickings, but that's a topic for another day.)

Fortunately, there are some markets that will pay to publish haiku -- even several that pay well.  The competition might be stiffer because of the possible payout, but if your poems are up to it, it's possible for you to bring in some money while getting your haiku published.


Mayfly and Brooks Books are long-time staples of the haiku publishing world.  The journal is very neatly produced, with haiku printed one to a page.  Mayfly accepts submissions of up to five haiku per biannual issue.  Simultaneous submissions are not accepted, and payment for accepted poems is $10 per haiku.  For mailed submissions, the $10 is monetary; for emailed submissions, it's $10 of Brooks Books credit.


Rattle has published haiku by Billy Collins, George Swede, and Deborah P. Kolodji, among others.  Submit up to four unpublished poems at a time.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted.  Print publication in Rattle pays $100 per poem; online publication pays $50.

ellipsis... literature & art

ellipsis... is a student-published journal put out annually at Westminster College.  They read poetry submissions from August 1st to November 1st, and have published haiku in the past.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted.  Payment is $10 per poem.


Ever fantasized about having your poem printed on a poker chip?  Helen published haiku (and micro poetry) online (payment is $2 per poem) but they also publish poems on poker chips.  If your haiku is chosen to appear on a poker chip, you'll get $25.  Previously published poems will be considered, but they are discouraged.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Literary Review of Canada's Japanese form issue

The Literary Review of Canada's November issue will be focusing on Japanese forms of poetry ("haiku, tanka, et al.").  If you're a Canadian poet, submit 3-5 unpublished poems by email to be considered.  The deadline for this issue is September 15th.

In other news, Inch and The Cicada's Cry are both open to submissions now.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

An interview with Ed Markowski from 2008

Ed Markowski writes a lot of things, not the least of which is haiku.  His haiku have appeared all over the web, in various pamphlets, chapbooks, and full-length books (including Baseball Haiku) as well as poetry journals.  Norbert Blei interviewed Ed back in 2008, and you can read what Ed had to say about haiku and writing here:

Basho's Road - Ed Markowski

For more of Ed's work, check out his collection of haibun, Americana, with a great intro by Don Wentworth.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 31st deadlines

August 31st is a popular day for writing deadlines.  Below are some magazines that will close to submissions (temporarily) on that day.

- Acorn
- Contemporary Haibun Online
- DailyHaiku
- tinywords

Haiku Canada stops reading submissions for its October issue on 8/31, but they're still open.  Anything sent in after the 31st will be read for the February issue.

The Seven Hills Literary Contest and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contests also close to submissions on August 31st.

After all these journals and contests close their submission doors, Inch will be opening theirs.  Send your microfiction and short poetry to Inch on or after September 1st.  They're not a paying market, but you'll get three contributor copies if your work is chosen.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015

Dwarf Stars Award 2015