Submission Guidelines


Our guidelines for submitting work to Simply Haiku.

Submissions that deviate from these guidelines will not be read, sent back, or used.

1. Include a short 5 non-run-on sentence biography. Readers don’t have time to read lengthy bios, and your submissions, if accepted, will speak more of your poetry and artistry than credits that read like an “I’m trying to impress you sheet.”

2. Submit a clear, visible .jpg or .tiff photograph of yourself with good resolution. 

3. Text documents should be submitted in attachment under the following rules:

– a document in Word.doc, saved as Word 97-2003

– font Times New Roman

– size 12

– single spaced

– no formatting, no tabs, no decorative alignment, etc – just clean sheet with easily readable text in a standard layout

– do not include images inside the text. If images come with the text, send them in an attachment and point the place of each image inside the text with [photo /name-of-the-file/] mark. Make sure all names of all image files correspond with how they are represented in the text.

4.  Edit your work, check for misspellings, poor grammar, omissions, and typos. Submissions requiring a lot of editing will not be used.

5.  We do not allow those whose works are accepted to review online the placement of their work  or to tell our staff how to lay out their work.

6.  Submit no less than 10 haiku or haiga per submission. We no longer print a person’s single poem or haiga. We will showcase five of a selected poet’s works, giving readers a broader perspective of one’s style, voice, and talent.

7.  Submit no more than three works when submitting haibun.

8.  With tanka, no more than 3 tanka may be published per poet. You can send 6 or more tanka. All tanka must be written utilizing the traditional S/L/S/L/L meter indigenous to tanka. We don’t accept tanka deviating from these guidelines. In case of translations from one language into English (which are not always consistent with the required meter) such exceptions are allowed. No need for authors’ bios and photos with tanka submission, but only their names and countries of origin/residence.

9.  Haiga must be professional and well laid out. Tanka or haiku on a haiga must be traditional in meter, and be in harmony with its background and be legible. Media used for the background art can be varied, but it needs to be well done. No lazy quick sketches or childish drawings, please. Poetry must be on the graphic or photo along with its author’s name or print mark. In haiga, the background as well as the poem must be good. A great photograph, sketch, or painting with a so-so haiku or tanka won’t do. Submit your finest work.

10. All book reviews, interviews, and essays must be well written, researched, and edited. Query Saša Važić or Robert D. Wilson before submitting if you have questions.

11.  Renga will be accepted, but not renku or rengay. Since they are composed by two or more persons, multiple submissions are not necessary and due to space concerns, these works will not be submitted by individual bios or photographs. If they have been previously published, they will not be accepted.

12.  No work will be read outside of the submission deadlines and will be immediately returned to  you for re-submission.

13.  Simply Haiku is a showcase for English language Japanese short form poetry. As such, we do not accept avant garde or experimental verse. All poetry submitted must conform to the S/L/S etc. meter indigenous to Japanese short form poetry.


The following paragraphs must be signed by each author and included with their submissions:

        Upon agreeing to publication, Simply Haiku acquires first rights, and retains the right to archive work online for an indefinite period. You, therefore, agree to Simply Haiku republishing your work within the format of the magazine edition your work was accepted for at any time and in any publication format, for both the purpose of being reproduced or sold to the public under the name of Simply Haiku. 

     Author retains all other rights upon publication We accept only original, unpublished work, no reprints, except in special circumstances; such as translated work or work that needs wider distribution due to specific political content or restricted distribution rights in the country where it was produced and where we have the authority of the previous publisher. 

     Please enclose a covering letter under these circumstances.

     I have read and agree to the above guidelines.

     Your Name                                                                  Date


Submission Deadlines:


Autumn Issue: October 15

Submissions accepted from July 15 to September 15


Winter Issue: January 15

Submissions accepted from October 15 to December 15.


Spring Issue: April 15

Submissions accepted from January 15 to March 15


Summer Issue: July 15

Submissions accepted from April 15 to June 15.


 Haiku to Robert D. Wilson:

Tanka to Amelia Fielden:

Haibun to Kala Ramesh:

Haiga to Silvija Butkovic:

Renga, Book reviews, interviews, feature articles to Robert D. Wilson and Saša Važić:  and