The fall haiku journal publication season comes with a lot of summer deadlines: I currently have 112 poems out for submission! I am thrilled that I HAVE a body of work that is able to support such a robust variety of options (5-15 poems at a time). And of course I do hope this will yield some successful acceptances. Fingers crossed!

If you’re interested in submitting to some of the haiku magazines that still have open deadlines through the end of August, here is a selection of links:









A summary of the top five high quality print haiku journals (as opposed to online-only journals) and their basic submission rules. You can click on the title of the journal to go to their website (link opens a new page), explore some of their sample haiku and other content, find out how to subscribe to issues, and get some helpful haiku writing guidelines to ensure you are submitting quality literary genre haiku as opposed to silly pop culture haiku.

As we near the end of November, I’m very excited to start the publication quest with some of the fall haiku I’ve written this month. It’s been a very fruitful haiku harvest so far!

Submissions will be read during January/February and July/August only.
Please send submissions of 5-15 poems at a time. Posting to private, online mailing lists and workshops is not considered prior publication; however, appearance in an edited online journal or a public forum, or posting on Twitter, Facebook or a personal blog, renders a poem ineligible for submission. All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.

Email submissions are encouraged. Type “Acorn” in the subject line, and include your complete address in the message. Please type your haiku in the body of the email, formatted as plain text. Attachments will not be opened. Send email submissions to

Material submitted to Modern Haiku is to be the author’s original work, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication, including Web-based journals, personal Web sites, blogs, social networking sites, etc. Editorial cut-off dates for the reading and selection of submissions are March 15, July 15, and November 15 (postmark), but material may be sent at any time and upon acceptance will be published in the next available issue. Editors read submissions year-round—but not continuously. Please do not be alarmed if 6–8 weeks pass before an editor makes a decision on your work. Please send 5–15 haiku/senryu and/or up to 3 haibun per submission by e-mail or post. No more than two submissions per issue, please.

Submitting by e-mail.
Send e-mail submissions of haiku, senryu, and haibun to the Internet address

Work may either be pasted in the message text or included as an attachment in MS Word or PDF format. Your message must be identified as “MH SUBMISSION” (this text only) in the Subject line. Be sure to include your full postal address and indicate how you wish your materials to be signed. Our response will be by e-mail. No payment or free author’s copies are made for e-mail submissions of haiku, senryu, or haibun.

Submission E-mail:

1. Submissions from both members and non-members of HSA are welcome.
2. All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. While posts on Internet sites such as Facebook or Twitter are eligible, posts on blogs are not.
3. Submission by e-mail is preferred:
(a) in the body of the e-mail (no attachments)
(b) with subject line: Frogpond Submission
(c) with place of residence noted in the body of the e-mail
4. A submission by post will receive a reply only if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient U.S. postage to reach your location.
5. Only one submission per issue will be considered.
6. The Submission May Include Any or All of the Following:
1. Up to ten (10) haiku 
2. Up to three (3) haibun
3. Up to three (3) rengay or other short sequences
4. One (1) renku or other long sequence
5. One (1) essay
6. One (1) book review
7. Submission Periods: 
1. February 15 to April 15 (Spring/Summer Issue)
 2. June 01 to August 01 (Fall Issue) 
3. September 15 to November 15 (Winter Issue)
 Acceptances will be sent shortly after the end of each period.


Please submit 5 – 15 poems at a time. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: March 15 (for the June issue) June 15 (for the September issue) September 15 (for the December issue) December 15 (for the March issue) Haiku may be sent at any time for consideration for the next available issue. Please include your city, state, and country for our author index.
Although we enjoy senryu immensely, we wish to focus on haiku.
Human presence is fine if presented as an archetypical, harmonious part of nature (human nature should blend in with the rest of nature rather than dominate the forefront)

Associate Editor: Fay Aoyagi

Associate Editor: Ferris Gilli

Associate Editor: Paul MacNeil

Associate Editor: Scott Mason

Associate Editor: Billie Wilson

Submission deadlines are April 15th, Sept. 15th, and Dec. 15th. We invite contributors to submit 1 to 2 pages of haiku, senryu, renga, haibun, or black-and-white haiga per issue.

Submissions can be sent by email to:

hockensm at gmail dot com

If you wish to submit haiku or other Japanese forms to paper wasp, they should be sent by email to:
Don’t forget to include your name and return address!
We cannot pay for contributions; however, the first time your work is published we will send you a free copy of the issue in which it appears.
For subsequent contributions, we will send you a pull-sheet of the page with your work.

Good Luck!

I just signed the contract with Cedar Leaf Press for my first collection of poems. The Watcher (Poems) is due out this December, 2009, if all goes well. It contains 74 poems ranging in length, style, and topic, spanning over a decade of my writing. I’m so excited! I even got to use my graphic design skills to submit a cover design featuring my own photography.

I knew that I wanted to publish my writing one day, but I hadn’t expected that it would happen so soon. On a whim, I sent some sample work to the publisher and they liked my work so much they requested a manuscript. One thing led to another very quickly and now my book is on its way to publishing!

It’s a bit of a scary leap, putting your heart and soul out there. Especially with something so personal as poetry. I hope I find my tribe of sympathetic readers out there.