Friday, December 31, 2021

The Haiku Reader submission guidelines: How does it work?


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The Haiku Reader:


How does it work?

The Haiku Reader (anthology) aims to include haiku that will grab readers around the world and showcase this intriguing poetry genre.

The anthology will feature haiku published or first appeared from the first day of January to the last day of December of each year in turn. 

How does this happen?

For individual poets:

Well, each time you nominate one of your own published haiku you nominate six other published haiku by other poets, three from a print journal plus three from online journals.  Sound cool?

You can nominate as many of your own haiku as you like, while nominating six haiku by others each time that you nominate one of your own.

The Haiku Reader aims to cover haiku published from January 1st to December 31st of each year starting with 2022.

The Haiku Reader looks forward to your nominations and will let you know if any work is taken for the inaugural issue early in 2023.

Submission Email Example:

Dear Haiku Reader editor,

I would like to nominate one of my haiku, and six published haiku by other poets.

My own haiku:

haiku (it can be 1,2,3, or 4 lines)

Your published author's name (actual or pen name)

publication details: name of journal, year and issue number 

or contest (whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd, commended/highly commended, honourable mention etc...)

or appearance details (if posted on a social media platform, blog etc...)

Six haiku by others:

3 haiku from a print journal

3 haiku from an online journal

best wishes 

(or sign off as you normally do)

given name/family name



For nominating any haiku from a contest please scroll further down for details.

If the haiku is from a haibun, or shahai [photo-haiga] both haiku and prose need to have been published for the first time in 2022.

Please also add the haibun's title if you would like, alongside the publication details.

For journal editors:

We’d love to receive fifteen haiku per issue from your print or online journal.

And for rolling submission journals:

We’d love you to select up to five haiku per calendar month.

Editors, we’d love you to nominate a haiku of your own too, 

in addition to each time you nominate per issue or calendar month.

Details about

Competitions & Contests:

Individual Poets:


Please do submit any of your placed haiku from a contest, and then nominate at least six haiku from various competitions. 

If you have been on a roll, submit as many placed haiku of your own as you like, as long as you nominate six haiku by other poets that have been placed in various competitions.

To all Organisations that run haiku (and senryu) competitions:


Feel free to submit all placed haiku per competition/contest result.


I’m sure there’ll be questions. 

The ‘frequently asked questions’ will be updated regularly on this page:

Throughout 2022 there will be updates at FAQ, so please do keep checking from time to time.

And also do keep checking the FAQs to see if your question has been covered.

The Haiku Reader submission email:

The Haiku Reader blog:

The Haiku Reader Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page:

About the editor-in-chief:

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