half in, half out
of this world
– Sally Quon
heron on dead branch
surveys his options –
– Pam Desjardine
David Brydges had his haiku published in the anthology Hope for Turkey and Syria (in aid of the Disasters emergency Committee) edited by Tim Saunders
drinking dusty tears from hands
Turkey earthquake survivor
Sally Quon has one haiga appearing on The Scarlet Dragonfly on Oct. 29. She also has exciting news regarding one of her haibun but can’t tell you any more than that yet. Shhhh…
One of kjmunro’s haiku was recently featured in Tiny Words. Beautiful haiku, kj!
Michele Rule won honourable mention in the BC division of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Competition! Congratulations Michele!
Michele Rule and Sally Quon were invited by Isabella Mori to attend the latest on-line meeting of Haiku Vancouver. This was a fascinating look at breaking haiku rules while still maintaining haiku-ness.
Please feel free to share your haiku news with us! Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello all! Today I wanted to talk to you a bit about submitting your haiku.
For some of you, this might be your first time submitting to a journal. I have to admit, the first time I hit send on a submission I felt sick to my stomach. It seemed like such a vulnerable thing to do. I only sent out that one submission and I checked my email every day for three months before I finally got a rejection. It was almost a relief.
One of my wise friends (probably Sally) said, you have to keep submitting if you want to get accepted. Makes sense!
I got braver. I started sending out two or three submissions at a time. And eventually that first acceptance came. I was so surprised!
After a few years of doing this, I have learned some things I want to share with you.
- Read your work out loud. This will help you as you edit.
- Ask someone to look over your work for typos – they are so easy to miss!
- Read the submission guidelines twice. You don’t want to be declined for not following them to the letter. If you don’t understand a guideline, ask a friend or confirm with the journal.
- Pay attention to themes. If the journal wants summer haiku and you send winter ones, they aren’t going to take them no matter how good they are!
- If a journal asks for five to ten haiku, for example, send them ten! This increases your chance of having one in the pack that speaks to the editor.
- Familiarize yourself with the journal you are sending to. If it’s a horror haiku journal, that’s what you should send.
- Remember, editors are people too. They like to be addressed by their names (check the “masthead” if the name isn’t readily available), or at the very least “Dear Editor.” Always be polite and friendly.
- Every editor is different. If you know in your heart that your haiku is good, send it in to another place. I’ve had work declined three or four times, only to then be picked up with accolades. Everyone’s taste is different.
- And finally, keep track of your submissions. Don’t send the same work to the same editor twice.
Good luck with your submissions and let us know if you get accepted somewhere. We would love to celebrate you in an upcoming newsletter!
An Interview with Genevieve Wynland by Sally
Upon meeting Genevieve Wynand at the Wine Country Writer’s Festival, I asked her if she would be willing to answer a few questions for our readers. Please click on to the “Read More” to see the full interview
Genevieve Wynand is an editor for Pulp Literature, and an award-winning writer with work in print, online, and included in public-art displays. Her work appears with PRISM international, Grain, Tricycle, Frogpond, First Frost, Kingfisher, Modern Haiku, Presence, The Heron’s Nest, and Introvert, Dear, among others. Genevieve’s adventures as a haiku poet have taught her to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. She lives tucked up against a rainforest in British Columbia and has been known to emerge from her writer’s cave when tempted with coffee, books, or the occasional drum lesson. Visit her at genevievewynand.com
How were you first introduced to haiku?
In 2017, life served up some challenges. My uncle, Victoria poet Derk Wynand, had
learned of the upcoming National Haiku Contest put on by the League of Canadian Poets, and
suggested that this might just be a small step forward. Neither of us had experience in the form,
but the process of writing and reflecting together was therapeutic. After the contest, I continued
to write — quite badly — and received the necessary rejections when I submitted my poems for
publication. I put haiku aside for a while, and then in late 2019 met a friend of Derk’s, Hannah
Main-van der Kamp. A poet herself, she had learned of our haiku therapy and adopted the
practice with her niece. She kindly sent me a copy of their chapbook, Jumping Spider Haikus, at
the beginning of 2020, and it made me realize that haiku wasn’t finished with me yet. So I picked
up my pen, and opened my eyes, and slowly the rejections became acceptances.
Three Haiku by Genevieve Wynand
one flower girl
~Kingfisher Issue 5, April 2022
I teach the dog
~The Heron’s Nest Volume XXIV, Number 1: March 2022
~2022 Haiku Invitational, Vancouver division honourable mention
Bonus portion of my Interview with Genevieve Wynland
I took the opportunity to ask Genevieve if she would be willing to offer suggestions on a couple of my haiku. I gave her a page of ten haiku and asked her to choose two. Here is the (invaluable) feedback she offered.
Reflections on Two Haiku
discovering the taste
of tapioca pudding —
This lovely haiku got me thinking about how the sense of taste, like smell, can so immediately
transport us to the previously forgotten moments of our younger years. I do wonder if this poem
could be made even more concise, and therefore more expansive, by simply removing the word
‘discovering’. This small change might allow readers to imagine the poet (and by extension
themselves) experiencing both a tasty moment in the present and the delicious moments of the
past. Perhaps the author, later in life, tasting tapioca for the first time in many years, is reminded
of their childhood-self enjoying it for the first time. As well, the ‘discovering’ is well-implied by
what we can imagine summer camp to be — a time of youthful self-discovery. The softer line
break offered by an ellipses (instead of an em dash) may also help to evoke the dreamlike
blending of times past and present. A lovely moment indeed.
of tapioca pudding …
the slow roll
over morning coffee
I love the way this poem evokes that waking-up feeling, and ‘thought-clouds’ is a wonderful
image. Perhaps, though, the thoughts themselves could be left implied by the lovely use of ‘slow
roll’, which also calls to mind the slow roll out of a warm and cozy bed. And letting ‘clouds’ open
up a bit might create room for the connection between a waking mind and an opening sky. In
haiku, the reader is invited to do some of the work and come to their own a-ha, so some things
are safely left understated or even entirely unsaid. Many poets, myself included, are exploring
monoku, and I wonder if this poem may in fact be well-suited to a relining. This compact space
might allow the images to collide and expand in new directions.
slow roll clouds over morning coffee
My sincere thanks to Genevieve for being so generous with her time and feedback!
For the end of the month:
San Francisco International
Closing Nov. 1:
Open Nov. 1- Nov. 10:
Here’s one that comes in under the radar, as Literary Revelations is not a haiku journal.
Literary Revelations invites you to unleash your poetic prowess and be part of our upcoming poetry collection entitled “Petals of Haiku: An Anthology.” With a cover designed by the brilliant duo of award-winning Japanese artists, Hikari, and her mentor Naoki Kimura, please do not miss the chance to have your words grace the pages of our anthology.
Guidelines for Submission
Email your submission at email@example.com and title your submission HAIKU SUBMISSION. Please note that any other title will land your submission in the wrong email folder, and your submission will not be read.
Do not submit more than 6 haiku. We will select 3 or 4 for publication. For your submission you should use Times New Roman 12, double space.
Submit your name and your haiku in the body of the email. No attachments will be open. No need to submit a bio.
By submitting to the Petals of Haiku: An Anthology you, as a contributor, affirm that you own the rights to your piece(s) submitted and/or accepted for publication by Literary Revelations LLC and give Literary Revelations LLC permission to publish your work.
You attest that you are 18 years or older.
If you commit plagiarism Literary Revelations LLC is discharged from any liabilities.
You retain the right to your work. Literary Revelations LLC retains the right to the anthology, and it remains its exclusive publisher in perpetuity.
Pieces accepted for the anthology may be used by Literary Revelations LLC in whole or in part to promote the anthology. Writers and artists will be appropriately credited in all promotional materials.
Read the About section before submitting. You will find the Terms and Conditions under which we operate there.
Submissions will close on January 15, 2024. We will let you know when the book will be published.
Call for Haiku Submissions
Pulse–voices from the heart of medicine (pulsevoices.org), an online publication devoted to telling the personal story of health care, is accepting haiku submissions during the month of October. Accepted haiku will be published in 2024.
Pulse emails a first-person story or poem to its 10,000 subscribers every Friday. Every other week a haiku is included in the mailing and posted in Pulse’s Haiku Collection.
For complete instructions on how to submit haiku, please visit Pulse’s Submission Guidelines. Pulse welcomes up to three previously unpublished haiku inspired by real-life experiences in health care. Anyone who’s ever been to the doctor’s office, or who’s dealt with illness in themselves or a loved one, is welcome to submit.
Guest editor Michael Dylan Welch will be making haiku selections this year.
This Week’s Prompt
Use the season word “autumn deepens” in a haiku.
“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.”–Rose Kennedy