Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in publishing your work in Simply Haiku. We publish all forms of haiku poetry, haibun, and haiku-related artwork, e.g., traditional forms of haiga as well as new forms such as photo-haiku, digital art-haiku. In addition we publish essays and articles relating to haiku poetry and associated genres.

Response Time: We do our best to acknowledge submissions immediately on receipt and to respond with a decision to publish or not within two weeks.Please keep in mind that, like you, we sometimes go on vacation and that our computers break down. But, if you do not receive a response within those timelines, please feel free to send a note of inquiry to the editor to whom you've submitted your work and to Managing Editor Robert Wilson.

Payment: There is currently no payment for accepted submissions beyond publication.

Policy on Publication Elsewhere: Simply Haiku does not consider submissions of previously published works unless invited; however, we do not consider postings on Internet forums, personal webpages and the like as publications. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, so long as you tell us that the works are under consideration elsewhere and let us know immediately if and when they are accepted elsewhere. Upon receiving Simply Haiku's notification of acceptance of simultaneously submitted work, you must immediately withdraw that work from consideration elsewhere. However, our policies do allow other journals to republish/reprint your work if you and they wish to do so. In such cases, Simply Haiku must be listed as the place of first publication.

How to Submit Poetry: We only accept email submissions. Submit up to ten poems (haiku and tanka) and, if accepted, we normally publish five. Normally, one haibun is submitted. Works are accepted in all languages as long as they are accompanied by an English translation.

How to Submit Artwork: All haiku-related art forms [e.g., ink drawing, brush painting, woodblock printing, photo, digital] will be considered. Artwork must be your own unless you have a collaboration in which case your partner[s] must also be named and must have also given his/her/their permission to publish in Simply Haiku. When submitting images please use jpeg or other well known image file formats. The preferred file dimensions are: width=600 pixels or less, height=600 pixels or less, ppi = 72, and the larger dimension should be at least 600 pixels. Do NOT optimize your images. We will do that and we will resize them as necessary to create an appealing visual display.

Contractual Agreement: Simply Haiku receives first serial rights to the works it publishes. Reprint rights revert to the author 30 days after the first day of publication in Simply Haiku. This means that the author of a work is then free to have it republished elsewhere, as long as:
      ~ those other publishers do not require first rights, and
      ~ those publishers credit the work's first publication in Simply Haiku.

Submission Procedure: There are 6 steps -

1. Read the Editor's Introduction to the genre/section of Simply Haiku to which your submission pertains [e.g., if you are submitting haiku, read the Haiku Editor's Introduction, found in the Contents listing of the current issue]. This will let you know what the Editor has in mind with respect to his/her section.

2. Address your email to the correct editor [editors are listed below]. [We do not accept submissions by regular mail].

3. Create a Subject Line that reads "Simply Haiku Submission, genre" but specify the genre (see list below) in your subject line [e.g., Simply Haiku Submission - haibun].

4a. Add Poetry Text: Type or Paste the text of your poetry directly into body of the email. Because of virus problems and difficulties in translating from one type of document to another and between computers, we do not accept text attachments in any format [.doc, .txt, .rtf, etc.].

 OR ~

4b. Attach Artwork: If your submission is artwork, either INSERT the artwork directly into the body of the email or ATTACH your artwork to the email message [see artwork guidelines, above].

5. Add Your Biography and Photo: Please include a biography and, if you have one, a photo [a small JPG file will do]. The Biography need not be elaborate. If you're unclear about what to include, have a look at some of the biographies in the current issue of Simply Haiku.

6. Read, Copy and Paste the permission statement (below) into the body of your email beneath your submission.

Permission Statement: I guarantee that the work I am submitting is my own original work. I guarantee that these works have never been published electronically or in print, and that it has not been accepted for publication elsewhere. I understand and agree that Simply Haiku acquires first serial rights for works submitted and I offer Simply Haiku first serial rights on the work I am submitting; I agree that if Simply Haiku accepts my work for publication, first publication acknowledgement to Simply Haiku will appear with the work in any subsequent publications. I understand and agree that works published in Simply Haiku shall not be published elsewhere before or within a period of 30 days from their Simply Haiku release date. I give Simply Haiku the right to publish and archive accepted work.

Editorial Staff for Genre & Submissions:

Announcements Editor: Email Carol Raisfeld   [Carol's bio]

Haibun (Prose with Haiku) Editor: Email Paul Conneally   [Paul's bio]

Haiga (New Art Forms) Editor: Email Jerry Dreesen   [Jerry's bio]
includes: photo-haiku, digital art-haiku, photo-manipulated art-haiku, watercolor or oil painting plus haiku, etc.

Haiga (Traditional Art Forms) Editor: Email Jerry Dreesen   [Jerry's bio]
includes: ink drawing, sumi-e, brush painting, calligraphy, woodblock painting, etc.

Haiku Editor: Email Robert Wilson   [Robert's bio]

Renku (Collaborative Linked Verse) Editor: Email John Carley   [John's bio]

Senryu Editor: Email Al Pizzarelli   [Al's bio]  

Tanka Editor: Email Michael McClintock   [Michael's bio]

All other submission inquiries to Robert D. Wilson, Managing Editor: Email Robert Wilson

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