Take the Challenge
re Philip Rowland's: "Earlier in this thread, Michael Dylan Welch and others argued for promoting the work of the best haiku poets so as to reach a wider audience. I'd add that it might be as important for the poets themselves to reach other audiences by reading and submitting their poems to publications that don't specialize in haiku (but might, judging from the poet-reader's interest in the work published there, be interested), despite the reduced chances of acceptance."
I would strongly second this as a way of creating a wider audience for haiku. I think most haiku poets enjoy poetry in general and probably subscribe to and read various literary and poetry journals. I encourage those who are writing the excellent haiku that we see in the mainstream haiku journals to take the challenge and submit their work to those other poetry and literary journals. I have done this for many years now. It can be rather discouraging - especially if one's work is usually accepted for publication in those mainstream haiku journals. My haiku have showed up in various non-haiku journals but mostly the experience is one of form rejection slips - or form e-mails now. Sometimes one receives an actual comment by the editor for the rejection - such as: we never publish haiku; haiku are too short for us; haiku don't fit our format; appreciate the craft of haiku but we don't publish them; I don't have a way to judge good ones from bad ones. The comments don't tell one anything about the quality of the submission. But by submitting one's best work, if nothing else, the editors will become aware that there is another world of haiku out there than the one they think they know.[/size]