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Journal Announcements / Cattails Deadline
« on: July 31, 2022, 09:29:07 AM »
Our submission window for the October 2022 issue, 1- 31 July, 2022, closes on 31 July, 2022. We hope this month has given you enough time to send in work to our team of committed editors.
If you’re not on the cattails Mail Chimp and would like to be sent future notifications, please email me at Should you have any queries regarding news from our end, please write to us at this address as well. 
Please follow us on our Facebook page at
We also urge you to follow our Twitter handle, @cattailsnews
For all queries regarding submissions and the cattails journal, please follow the guidelines on
Happy reading and writing!
Shobhana Kumar
Associate Editor, Newsletter
and Social Media
on behalf of the cattails team

Journal Announcements / Re: cattails Submission Call
« on: July 25, 2022, 05:11:59 AM »
Hi Dmitri,

Looks like a good place for beginners, like me.

You’re right, cattails welcomes new as well as more experienced poets. You’re very welcome to submit until 31st July.😊

light pilgrim

cattails submissions for October issue

The submissions for the October 2022 issue, open 1 July 2022 until 31 July 2022. Do make note of it in your calendars.

Further details on how to submit are right here:

As always, we look forward to reading work from both established and new writers from all over the world. We hope to continue our mission of being a home for different genres of Japanese short forms of poetry and we thank all of you for sending us your work. With respect to our social media handles, please follow us in order to stay abreast of the latest happenings at cattails. Please follow us on our Facebook page at

We also urge you to follow our Twitter handle, @cattailsnews. These pages will offer information on submissions and general news.

If there is anything specific you would like to query about, please write to us at

In the meantime, happy writing! Get ready to submit!
Warm Regards,

Shobhana Kumar
Associate Editor, cattails Newsletter & Social Media
on behalf  of the cattails team

Journal Announcements / April cattails online
« on: April 27, 2022, 04:18:39 PM »
Hello, everyone!
Team cattails is delighted to announce that the April, 2022 issue is now live!  Here is the link for you to check right away:
This time, the issue showcases 199 poets from around the globe and we thank all the poets who have written in with their submissions. As mentioned in our earlier news, cattails now includes Tanka Prose, which will be part of the journal from this issue.
Also starting with this issue, Dhaatri Vengunad Menon debuts as the resident cartoonist. We feature Marion Clarke’s vibrant landscape paintings of Northern Ireland.
Our next submission window for the October 2022 issue is 1- 31 July, 2022. Please block your calendars accordingly.
If you’re not on the cattails Mail Chimp and would like to be sent future notifications, please email me at

Happy reading and writing, everyone!
Shobhana Kumar
Associate Editor,
cattails newsletter and social media 

Submissions Closed

The submissions for April 2022 issue of cattails closed on 28th February.

Please do not submit for this issue to avoid confusion and disappointment.

Our next submission window is 1st July -31st July for the October 2022 issue.

Sonam Chhoki
principal editor, cattails

Journal Announcements / Re: cattails April 2022 - submissions CLOSED
« on: March 04, 2022, 11:36:44 AM »
Dear All,

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the forthcoming April, 2022 issue. The submission window for the issue closed midnight GMT on 28 February, 2022.

If you have experienced any delay please contact Sonam:

Our next reading period will open on 1 July 2022 and close on 31 July, 2022. Please block your writing calendars accordingly.

Until our next update, stay safe and may you find solace in writing in this terrible time of war and uncertainty.

Warm regards,
Shobhana Kumar
ssociate Editor, cattails Newsletter,
on behalf  of the cattails team

Dear all,

Submissions for the April 2022 issue closing 28th February.

Details on how to submit are here:

If you would like to be on the Mail Chimp contact to receive the e-newsletter and notifications about the journal please contact me, Shobhana Kumar, Associate Editor, cattails 

We look forward to your submissions.

Shobhana Kumar,
on behalf of the cattails team

Journal Announcements / cattails April 2022 - submissions CLOSED Now
« on: January 31, 2022, 11:05:05 AM »
Dear All,

The submission call for the April 2022 issue of cattails open on 1 February, 2022 and will close on 28 February, 2022.

Further details on how to submit are here:

David Kelly, Ireland is Senryu Editor for this issue and we will also be accepting Tanka Prose with Mike Montreuil as Editor.

Shobhana Kumar, Associate Editor
on behalf of the cattails team

Journal Announcements / October cattails
« on: October 12, 2021, 05:40:13 PM »

Greeting to all our contributors and readers!

The October 2021 issue of cattails has now been posted on the cattails website at

We hope you enjoy reading the issue.

Sonam Chhoki and Mike Montreuil

Contests and Awards / Re: SAMURAI CONTEST - open 1-30 September
« on: September 10, 2021, 08:24:40 AM »
UHTS 2021 Haibun Contest

Please use this new contest-specific email only:

The website has been closed for now

Sonam Chhoki
Principal editor UHTS/ cattails

Contests and Awards / SAMURAI CONTEST - open 1-30 September CLOSED
« on: August 26, 2021, 12:06:00 PM »

Dear all,


Please note this new email for your submissions:

Do “not” use the cattails submissions guidelines for contests.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter.


Marianna Monaco



Contests and Awards / UHTS TANKA RESULTS
« on: August 05, 2021, 10:03:23 AM »
UHTS Fleeting Words 2021 RESULTS

There were 419 tanka, from the following 17 countries:

The Netherlands
The Philippines

The contest was judged by Marilyn Humbert, the well-known Australian tanka poet, who leads the Bottlebrush tanka group in Sydney.

First Place: an’ya, USA
Second Place  - Daniela Misso, Italy
Third Place  -  Barbara A. Taylor, Australia

Honourable Mention - Debbie Strange, Canada

The full results with the judge’s commentary and UHTS President, Alan Summers’s statement can be found in the e-newsletter, Seedpods, which will be sent out to all UHTS poets by Erin Castaldi, Editor of Seedpods and UHTS Secretary.

Marianna Monaco, the Contest Coordinator has been inspirational and brilliant!

Sonam Chhoki
on behalf of the UHTS team

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Deja -vu? Coincidence?
« on: July 04, 2021, 10:34:18 AM »
Thank you Sandra for returning with some very pertinent points.

You're absolutely right. Most editors of journals are volunteers as are organizers of contests, judges,  presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers of haikai societies. Not to forget the web masters and technical support. All give their time freely with no thought of any return other than to keep the journals and societies going. A tremendous gesture of good will and kindness.
I genuinely believe that almost everyone in the haiku community (99.9%) operates from a place of goodwill, which makes it such a nice, welcoming and accepting place to be.

Your perceptive observations here remind me of George Steiner's argument in No Passion Spent that not since Gutenberg's invention of printing, has our world known such a radical and comprehensive change in the dissemination of the written word. The internet and electronic communications have made possible an "instantaneous and open-communication between the text and the recipient". The access to haikai poetry online is easy with the few strokes of the keyboard. Thus, underlining the 'easy way into publication or becoming a 'big fish' as you so well put it.

To borrow Steiner's words again, "human speech" or "writing" can be used "both to love, to build, to forgive, and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate." He is of course taking about the horrendous historical instances, when propaganda was used to annihilate groups of people. But the point that the "written word" or "text" can be a powerful tool to "build, to forgive"  is a thought worth keeping in mind when we "accidentally" use the works of others to further our own reputation. It does not need to be a confrontation but a reaching out and acknowledging another's presence.

But it would be naive to not 'see' the odd one who uses haiku as an easy way into publication o. In the past decade I can think of 4 people, some better known than others, who deliberately took the work of others and passed it off as their own. In some cases it could be forgiven as misguided and/or ill-advised. In others, it was what it seemed to be.

I think you have hit the nail on the head regarding how the "brevity" of the haikai forms could lend to some similarities. But when it is more than such inadvertent similarities then, I hope in the post-pandemic haikai writing, there is some humility and compassion in acknowledging the presence of another poet in our work.
Because of their brevity, there will always be haiku written that could be considered 'the same' even when the poets have observed and written independently, each ignorant of the other(s). I believe these should  be accepted for what they are and, if good enough, any or all published. But when there's a suspicion, or pattern, of deliberate 'lifting' authors should be challenged to 'please explain'. Turning a blind eye helps no one.

We talk so much in haikai aesthetics about letting go of the ego and being more humble and compassionate. Why not put this into actual practice in our reading, writing and connecting with other poets? If we continue to ignore this issue , we are left with what Steiner calls "the burden of the weight of omission". Not spoken of, not acknowledged but nonetheless very much present.

I appreciate this exchange and hope we, the haikai poets, will some day become kinder, more engaging, more honest and less confrontational in how we write and read.

light pilgrim

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Deja -vu? Coincidence?
« on: July 04, 2021, 09:57:40 AM »
Hi Lorraine,

Can I just say how decent it is of you to acknowledge another poet's work and seek their permission to allude to what inspires you in their work. In a forum like this, where we post work for feedback, it is inevitable that something triggers an idea or memory or a moment. That your haibun, "Cheap Thrills" was one such instance is great. 😊
i like your idea that we become less precious about our work. here on this forum, i will occasionally read someone’s piece offered for critique and it creates a veritable lava flow of related ideas to surface. at that moment, i am very forward in asking if i can riff on their verse. if i can’t ask because the poet is away for some time from the forum, in my subject title i indicate that it’s a riff on so-and-so’s verse. the riff is usually based on a word or perhaps two. that’s how my published haibun “cheap thrills “ came to be written. no problem.

Couldn't put it any better, Lorraine. Acknowledgement of another poet's work in our own writing does not diminish our work. We often allude to Shakespeare, Basho, Coleridge or Issa  openly and with some pride (if one could say that). So why not extend that courtesy to our peers and those whose writing we access online?
i think asking in a forum setting or at least noting your new piece is a known riff on someone else’s verse is only polite. at times i’ll say as a comment “after so-and-so.”

Now, this is an issue which will continue to affect many of us particularly if we are starting out . Your husband's fears are not unfounded. Editors of journals too are confronted with this occurrence. The alternative is to try out a new modeus operandi to reach out to the other poet, acknowledging their effect/influence/inspiration in our own writing. Avoidance of this issue will keep plaguing our interaction and writing eventually.

for the longest, my husband didn’t want me to post here for fear of having work stolen. if it is, it is. i’m not trying to live off my writing. yet.


Thank you for returning with your thoughts, very pertinent indeed.

light pilgrim

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