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Topics - Seaview (Marion Clarke)


Closing 30th June

Contest theme: God's creation--nature, people, animals, earth, the heavens and anything God created

What to submit: Up to three of your best, unpublished haiku, any form (1,2,3 or 4 lines, any syllable count, 5-7-5, and concrete)

Where to submit: with the subject line "WoTS Haiku Contest"
Include your full name and country of residence in the email.

Prizes: First place, second place, and third place winners will win poetry books ("The Poodle Wears a Pink Tutu" and "Neon Snow" by Susan Beth Furst)

Judge: Blind judging by Christine L. Villa, editor of Frameless Sky

NOTE: All winning haiku will be published on WoTS in a special July issue (July 15)
Thanks to Theresa Cancro for the following information posted on Inkstone Poetry Forum.

Submission guideline details for the three current Tanka Society of America publications/ features: Ribbons (the official print journal of TSA), Tanka Hangout (members-only feature within Ribbons), and Laurels (the online journal of members' work). Note that the submission deadline for the Fall/Winter 2024 issue of all of these is June 30, 2024.

Tanka Society of America

I. Ribbons Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Ribbons, the official Tanka Society of America journal, are open to TSA members and nonmembers alike. Your submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere, submitted to any contest, or previously published anywhere at any time, including online. However, tanka posted to online workshop lists or on Facebook are permissible. All rights revert to authors upon publication, except that the TSA reserves the right to reprint content from its publications on TSA social media sites and its website.

Ribbons seeks fresh material of the highest standard to present to our readers. Any tanka with a sensibility that distinguishes the form will be considered. Therefore, we welcome different syllable counts, varying individual styles and techniques, and are open to diverse yet appropriate subject material. We also welcome essays that offer fresh insights and information. As our space for essays and interviews is limited, please query the editor with a summary before writing your essay in full.

We also publish a twice-yearly members-only online journal, Laurels, which requires separate submissions. (Guidelines for Laurels are provided below.)

Submission Deadlines
Ribbons submission deadlines are in-hand no later than the following dates:

January 31: Spring/Summer issue
June 30: Fall/Winter issue

The Ribbons editors will respond to all submissions within one month of each submission deadline.

For each issue, you are welcome to submit either up to ten original, unpublished tanka or two tanka sequences (not more than six tanka per sequence) or one tanka sequence and up to five tanka. From among these, one individual tanka or a sequence may be selected. Email submissions are preferred (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). Please submit to: with the subject heading "Ribbons Submissions." You can also submit by postal mail:

Susan Weaver
Ribbons Editor
127 N. 10th St.
Allentown, PA 18102 USA

Tanka Prose
Please send one tanka prose piece to Liz Lanigan, our tanka prose editor, at Please put "Ribbons Submission" in the subject line. The prose should not exceed 300 words. The number of tanka is flexible (within reason and when in service to the whole). Please include a creative title.

While submissions by email are preferred, you may also submit tanka prose by postal mail:

Liz Lanigan
Ribbons Tanka Prose Editor
38 McClure Street
EVATT ACT 2617, Australia

Book Reviews
Please query Ribbons editor Susan Weaver (at or at the following postal address), before sending your book for review:

Susan Weaver
Ribbons Editor
127 N. 10th St.
Allentown, PA 18102 USA

II. Tanka Hangout - Members-only feature in Ribbons, edited by Ken Slaughter

TSA members are invited to send one original, unpublished tanka on the assigned prompt for each edition of the Tanka Hangout (NOTE: The prompt for the Fall/Winter 2024 issue is "poetry" -- see further info about the prompt below). Restrictions are few, and almost any treatment of the tanka form is acceptable, but please submit your very best effort. The tanka will be read for thematic content, the depth and layering of meaning (often called "dreaming room"), vivid imagery, and suggested emotion. Any comments that accompany your submission may also be considered, in part or in full, for publication, but please be sure your tanka does not rely on these comments.

Send your single tanka submission, in the body of an email, to Ken Slaughter at with the subject heading "Tanka Hangout." He will acknowledge receipt of all email submissions, and if your poem is selected for publication in Tanka Hangout, he will notify you within a month after the submission deadline.

We prefer email submissions, but you may also submit by postal mail:

Ken Slaughter, Tanka Hangout Editor
24 Briarwood Circle
Worcester, MA 01606 USA

Please, include your full name as you wish it to appear beneath the poem, followed by your town or city of residence and its location (state/province and country).

In-hand submission deadlines are as follows:

January 31: Spring/Summer issue
June 30: Fall/Winter issue

Member's Choice Tanka
In each issue, the Tanka Hangout honors one poet with the Member's Choice Tanka award of $25, chosen from tanka published in the previous issue. The winner is invited to select the next Member's Choice Tanka and commend another two or three, offering comments on the tanka and the reasons for choosing them.

Each edition of Tanka Hangout seeks tanka inspired by a prompt, presented here and in Ribbons.

For the Fall/Winter 2024 issue
(submissions due by June 30, 2024)

Prompt -- Poetry: If you love writing about poetry, and about the process of writing, this prompt is for you. Think about your own creative journey, or about poems written by others. You might write a tanka about a poetic song or even about a songwriter, such as Bob Dylan.

III. Laurels Submission Guidelines

Laurels is the twice-yearly online publication of the Tanka Society of America, launched in 2024, for members only (nonmembers and members are welcome to submit to our print publication, Ribbons). Each issue of Laurels focuses on an announced theme, with members serving as guest editors. Laurels is for individual tanka only, and does not include sequences, tanka prose, essays, or reviews, and will accept no more than one poem per member per issue. We invite members to submit up to three unpublished tanka for each issue. Please, no simultaneous or multiple submissions (submit only once).

Laurels Submission Deadlines
Laurels submission deadlines are in-hand no later than the following dates:

January 31
June 30

Each Laurels guest editor will typically respond to all submissions within one month of each submission deadline.

Laurels #2 Submission Guidelines for members only
Guest editor: Michael Ketchek

Theme: Kyōka

Don't be upset if you've no idea what kyōka means. I didn't till a short while ago. As I found out, I've been writing them for years. As defined by the website Poem Analysis, "Kyōka is a traditional Japanese poetic form that emerged in the 15th century. It is a playful and humorous variation of the tanka." Kyōka literally means "mad" or "crazy poem." It often parodies, puns, or mixes high language with everyday words and subject matter. Here are two kyōka examples:

the limp windsock
reminds him
of the side effects
of taking prozac
but who cares

Michael Ketchek

Hamlet at the Globe
then dinner at the George
where Shakespeare drank
the only question is
to beer or not to beer

Charles Harmon

Submissions (TSA members only): Please submit by June 30, 2024 using our online submission form. The form should work correctly for nearly everyone, but if it does not work for you, please try accessing it using a different device. If it still does not work correctly for you, please inquire with Michael Ketchek at

Link to the online submission form for Laurels #2: ... w/viewform
Contest Rules

1. Only TWO UNPUBLISHED submissions per poet.

2. Poems that have been workshopped or appeared on social media are suitable.

3. Short submission time of 10 days. Submissions begin on June 1st beginning at 12:01 AM EDT and must be in our email box by midnight EDT on June 10th. Any emails received either before or after will NOT be judged.

4. All email submissions MUST be sent to: with MURTHA CONTEST in the Subject field.

5. The top three Winners will be notified by July 1st but I will not rush the judges so extra time will be given if necessary.

I'd like to thank our judges who will remain anonymous during the course of the contest and for all of the wonderful participants that make this contest so great every year.


Contest window: June 1 - June 20, 2024
We are back with our Annual Vispo Contest, now in its fourth edition. Each year is a celebration of the different ways in which artists combine the written word with a visual counterpart, continuing to push the envelope as they play and experiment.

Judges: Shloka Shankar & Robin Smith
What is Vispo?

Visual poetry is a development of concrete poetry, characterized by intermedia. The predominant elements that constitute a visual poem/vispo include non-representational language and the interplay of text & art. There is a strong graphic element to these pieces.

"Visual poetry can be defined as poetry that is meant to be seen—poetry that presupposes a viewer as well as a reader."— Willard Bohn

"Never before has language had so much materiality—fluidity, plasticity, malleability—begging to be actively managed by the writer. Before digital language, words were almost always found imprisoned on a page. It's just another reminder that, in the future, words very well might not only be written to be read but rather to be shared, moved, and manipulated, sometimes by humans, more often by machines, providing us with an extraordinary opportunity to reconsider what writing is and to define new roles for the writer. While the writer today is challenged by having to go up against a proliferation of words and compete for attention, she can use this proliferation in unexpected ways to create works that are as expressive and meaningful as works constructed in more traditional ways." — Kenneth Goldsmith
What to submit:
- blackout poems (cite the source)
- erasures (cite the source & use your original artwork)
- haiga (collaborations welcome)
- Artist Trading Cards
- fridge magnet poetry
- book spine poetry
- asemic writing
- typography art
- collage & cut-ups (digital & analogue)
- altered book pages / mixed-media
- conceptual pieces
1. Please type VISPO CONTEST in the subject line and send your entry/entries as an attachment to ALL work must be unpublished. We do not consider pieces published on social media/personal blogs as published. Collaborations welcome.

2. Make sure you include your name, country, and a short artist's statement or note about your entry/entries in the body of the email. We would love to know your process. :)

3. Please name each file with the title of your piece and your full name. Example: Title_Full Name. Maximum file size: 2 MB.

4. The first entry is FREE. If you'd like to submit up to three pieces for consideration, there is a non-refundable entry fee of Rs. 200/$3 USD. If you reside in India, kindly make the payment using this link here. If you reside outside India, kindly make the payment using PayPal to

5. Submissions will remain open from June 1 through midnight on June 20, 2024 (Indian Standard Time). Entries received before or after the contest period will be deleted unread.

6. The top three winners will receive e-certificates and a cash prize in accordance with the total amount received from the entry fees. Shortlisted entries will be displayed in an online gallery format on our website. Please check out previous years' galleries below.

As poet and artist Johanna Drucker once noted, "All works of written poetry are graphical, but only some take advantage of that in interesting ways." What will you be sending us? :)
Announcement from Colin Stewart-Jones:

Scottish Haiku Society and Scottish Haiku Group

Facebook will be the home of 'Puddock'
an edited journal of Haiku and related genres.
(Puddock is the Scots language word for frog)

Please send all submissions to 

If I accept your poetry it will be published on a dedicated Facebook page

New unpublished poetry only.

Send up to twenty works.

Please include your Facebook address, if you have one.

Works previously accepted for 'Puddock' that were not published due to unforeseen circumstances and have not found another home can be resent with a cover note

Individual poetry remains copyright ©️ author but we ask you cite  'Puddock' as first publication.

'Puddock'  is a Gean Tree Press publication.
'Puddock'  holds copyright of the journal as a collection.  ©️ Gean Tree Press
Deadline: Open from 1 May 2024 to 31 May 2024, results will be posted by the end of June 2024.
Sponsor: The United Haiku and Tanka Society.
Coordinator: Marilyn Humbert, Australia.
Adjudication: an'ya, USA.
Eligibility: Open to everyone worldwide.
Awards: This contest is FREE for up to 10 entries, all rights remain with the tanka poets. Printable Award Certificates will be emailed to the winners for First, Second, Third, and one Honorable Mention. (see below).

Submit: Entries must be the author's original work, be unpublished and never posted publicly anywhere, and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time it takes to complete the judging. This contest is un-themed, and open to all age groups worldwide, any season is acceptable, and there is no specific syllable requirement with the exception of a short, long, short, long, long rhythm written in 5 horizontal lines of text.

Contest Coordinator's Note: "All entrants will be advised that I have received their entry, but if you haven't heard from me within 7 days, please re-send.", Marilyn Humbert

Entry Fee: None, it's FREE
Guidelines: Use the subject heading FLEETING WORDS, and type each individual tanka in the body of your email; no attachments, please. Include your name, country, and email contact. Email your entries to mhumbert1953@ gmail dot com (no political, offensive, or inappropriate material).
Notification: ONLY the winners will be notified via email, (and if you have no email address available, (please provide a proxy email address.) If you do not hear anything from us by 15 June 2024 your entries are automatically free to submit elsewhere. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered, so please read very carefully.
Publication: The winning tanka will be featured in late June 2024 on the UHTS website along with the judges' commentary. Thank you for participating and good luck to all.
Autumn Moon Haiku Journal - Submission Guidelines

Submissions or queries to:

Rules for Submission:

Haiku submitted should be in accordance with the haiku spirit, sensibility and phrasing discussed in About Autumn Moon Haiku Journal. Please read this updated section prior to submitting.

Send up to TWO original unpublished haiku for each issue through email (Subject line: Autumn Moon Haiku Journal) in the body of the email, no attachments allowed, to:
Write each haiku in your original language, if not English, with an English translation, which might be smoothed out by the editors.

Each haiku should ideally be structured in three short/long/short horizontal lines, though one line horizontal haiku and other forms will be considered. If seasonal, the haiku submitted should be in accordance with the seasons of the issue for which it is submitted.

Please note that given the fact we only look at the haiku submitted, to be impartial, closer to the submission deadline, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions by email prior to that. You may hear a few days before the deadline if your haiku was accepted. You will NOT hear until after the deadline if your haiku was rejected.

Deadlines for submission: Autumn/Winter, November 1st & Spring/Summer, May 1st.
Publication: Spring/Summer appears in mid-May to June, Autumn/Winter appears in mid-November to December.


The journal is not responsible for plagiarized haiku, intentional or unintentional, though the haiku poet's sincerity in this matter is of course expected as you are expressing your own sensibility and insight.


Up to three haiku inspired by insects (or spiders or millipedes or other related arthropods).

Submissions for 2024 will be accepted  through to June 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.

Please submit your haiku using the form:

A maximum of two verses will be selected per submission, per poet, one of which will be read on the podcast and all the accepted verses will be in the relevant PDF Journal.  Please go to  the submissions page and the drop down menu for 2024 which will give you the topics, emails and reading periods.

For more information visit

Marlene Mountain Memorial Contest
Open June 1-15, 2024

This contest is for women, trans, and gender-expansive poets only and will be judged blindly by editors Rowan Beckett and Vandana Parashar.

THEME: One-line haiku/senryu

1. One or two unpublished one-line haiku/senryu using this form. If you need to send an attachment (concrete, aloud, unaloud haiku-- NOT haiga), please submit using the email
2. To prevent the judges from having seen your poem(s), please do not submit work that has been shared on social media.
3. Please make sure your poem(s) embrace the spirit of Marlene Mountain.

Examples of Marlene Mountain's one-line haiku:

pig and i spring rain

fearing her and all women he rapes her and all women

spring in america water unsafe food unsafe sex unsafe

thrush song a few days before the thrush

my son the age sons get killed

Link to Marlene's website:

4. Submit using this form between June 1st and 15th.

5. First, second, and third place winners will be notified as soon as judging is complete and will appear on the #FemkuMag site sometime in July. First, second and third place winners will also receive commentary on their winning poem. Honorable mentions will be selected at the judges' discretion. All winners will receive certificates.

If you have any questions, please contact the editors.

The 2024 Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest will be judged blindly by Rowan Beckett and Vandana Parashar.


The 25th Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest:
Call for Submissions

Learn more about Sanford Goldstein, for whom our contest is named.

Submission Window: April 1 through May 31, 2024 (in-hand deadline).

Eligibility: Open to all, members and nonmembers alike, except Tanka Society of America officers and judges.

Entry Fees: None. You may enter up to four tanka at no charge. Donations are welcome and encouraged, however. Please click the Donate button to help offset our expenses—thank you!

Submissions: Please use the online submission form. You may submit up to four tanka. If you enter more than four poems, only the first four will be considered. Please also submit your name, address, email, and phone number. Entries must be original, in English, unpublished, and not simultaneously submitted for publication or to any other contest. Poems posted on public Facebook pages, blogs, or other websites or social media are not eligible for submission. By submitting, you assert that your entries are previously unpublished and are solely your own original creations. If you submit using the online submission form (see below), please do NOT also email any submissions—use one submission method only.

Online Form Submissions (preferred): Please use our online submission form and enter your name, address, email, phone number, and up to four poems. Please do not number or title your poems. After you submit, the submission form will display a confirmation notice. You will also receive an email confirmation for your records.

Email Submissions: We strongly prefer that you submit using our online submission form, but if it does not work correctly for you, you may submit by email. When submitting by email, please type or paste up to four previously unpublished tanka in the body of the message (no attached files) and write "2024 Goldstein Tanka Contest Entries—[your name]" in the subject line. Include your name, address, email address, and phone number. If you are concerned about any special formatting characteristics, you may add a brief note after each applicable poem. Please do not number or title your poems. Send by May 31, 2024 to the contest coordinator, Susan Burch, at
Awards: $100 for first prize, $50 for second prize, and $25 for third prize, plus honorable mentions.

Bonus: Through a random drawing, one person who enters the TSA tanka contest will receive a free year of TSA membership. A winner will be announced after contest results are announced.

Announcements: Winners will be announced in August 2024. Winning tanka and judges' comments will be published on the TSA website (see past winners and commentary), the TSA Facebook page, the TSA Twitter and Tumblr accounts, and in our journal, Ribbons.

Adjudication: The judges for this year's contest are Reid Hepworth and Vandana Parashar (click to see bios and photos).
Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication on this website, on social media, and in Ribbons.

We look forward to receiving your entries! If you have any questions, please contact the contest coordinator, Susan Burch, at, or website administrator, Michael Dylan Welch, at
The 2024 Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi
Memorial Haiku Contest
Sponsored by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society

Enter the oldest USA-based international haiku contest honoring traditional Japanese haiku!

Prizes: $100 $50 $25 to the top three haiku

Contest Rules

In-hand deadline is May 31, 2024.
Haiku must be in English.
Haiku must each have 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 pattern. The contest standard for determining a syllable is The American Heritage Dictionary, 5th Edition.
Each haiku must use only one kigo, which must be from the contest list.
Haiku with more than one recognized kigo will be disqualified.
2024 Contest Kigo List

  New Year:   first sunrise
  Spring:   balloon, tulip, artichoke
  Summer:   billowing clouds/cloud peaks, summer concert, phlox
  Autumn:   autumn woods, cricket(s), long night/lengthening night
  Winter:   snowman/snowperson, winter bee, turnip
Email Entries Preferred

To:       Kathabela Wilson at

Email Subject Line: 2024 Tokutomi Contest Submission: Your Name

Please single space your haiku in the body of the email.

Fee:  $8.00 per 3 haiku. Either pay by check as detailed below, or go to: PayPal. At "Send money to" type in  At "Add a note" type: "Contest," your name, and the number of haiku.

 Paper Entries, only if email is not available; must be received by the May 31, 2024, deadline.

Mail haiku only to:

YTHS Tokutomi Contest
Kathabela Wilson, Contest Chair
439 S. Catalina Avenue #306
Pasadena, CA 91106
Place 3 poems per 8 ½ x 11 page and send one copy of each page with your name and address.

Fee: $8.00 per three haiku

By PayPal: Go to PayPal. At "Send money to" type in At "Add a note" type: "Contest," your name, and the number of haiku.

By Check: Make check out to Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. Send to:

Tokutomi Contest Chair
c/o Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
PO Box 412
Monterey, CA 93942
Please include a note indicating "Contest," your name, and number of haiku. Overseas entrants use International Postal Money Order in US currency only.

Entry Details

Entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.
Previous winning haiku are not eligible.  No limit on number of entries.
Entries will not be returned and no refunds will be given.
The contest is open to anyone, except for the YTHS President and Contest Chair.
Final selection will be made by one or more distinguished haiku poets.
YTHS may print winning poems and commentary in its journal, website, annual anthology, and brochures. The judges and contest results will be announced at the 2024 YTHS Annual Haiku Retreat, November 7-10 at Asilomar. Soon afterward they will appear on the YTHS website:
For a paper copy of the contest results send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) marked "Contest Winners." Those abroad please enclose a self-addressed envelope (SAE) plus enough postage in international reply coupons for air mail return.
Previous Contest Winners

The year 2024 marks the 41st year of this esteemed contest, since there were no contests in five of the early years, around the passing of Kiyoshi Tokutomi. To honor the winners through the years, YTHS has created a document of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place haiku with the author's name for every year a contest was held. Contestants may wish to study these winning haiku. Here is the link. Many of the contests put out brochures with the haiku of both the winners and the honorable mentions, along with the comments of the judge(s) on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place haiku. Here is the link.

Contest Kigo Caution

In past Tokutomi contests, a significant number of submitted haiku have had to be removed from consideration. This was primarily because they failed to meet the last of the contest rules: "Haiku with more than one recognized kigo will be disqualified." Recognized kigo are the contest kigo, plus any of the kigo in all of the lists linked to from the Kigo-Summary page of this website.

The Tokutomi Contest Coordinator for the 2013 and 2014 contests, Joan Zimmerman, has written a thoughtful essay on this topic. Here is the link.  All poets considering entering the 2024 Tokutomi Haiku Contest are encouraged to read this essay and to adhere to one kigo from the list above for each submitted haiku.

The Annual Haiku Society of America Rengay Award in Honor of Garry Gay

Submission Period: April 1 - May 31, 2024.

Entries received after May 31 will not be accepted.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter.


Submissions to the 2024 HSA Rengay Contest must be in either the two-person or three-person format. Solo rengay will not be considered.

Any particular author may appear in no more than three different rengay entered.

Entries must be in English.

Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any haiku or links previously published, currently being considered for publication, or currently entered in any other contest. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any work they have seen before.

Electronic Entry Fee & Submission Process:

Entry fee is $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members for each rengay submitted. Remember, any particular author may appear in no more than three different rengay entered.

After making your payment via Paypal, you will receive an email receipt. Hit "forward" and add, along with the receipt:

•  Your rengay
•  Your full name
•  The name(s) of your collaborator(s)
•  Your postal address
•  The declaration of consent below.

Include your rengay in the body of the email. Do not attach any files to your email. Note the authors by name or initials underneath or next to each link.
Email your submission to <>

Declaration of Consent

"I attest that the writers of this rengay have given their consent that it will be entered in the HSA Rengay Award Competition and that, should it win a prize, it may be published in Frogpond."

Payment by Postal Mail:

This option is available for HSA members only and only if you do not have access to email.

1. Write a check to "Haiku Society of America" with the entry payment of $5 for each rengay submitted.

2. Type up the following:

•  Your rengay, with the authors noted by name or initials
    underneath or next to each link
•  Your full name
•  The name(s) of your collaborator(s)
•  Your postal address
•  The declaration of consent above.

3. Send your check and entry to

Gary Hotham
10460 Stansfield Road
Scaggsville, MD 20723

Adjudication: The names of judges will be announced along with the winning entries.

Awards: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $150; Third Prize, $100. Winning rengay will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. All rights revert to authors on publication.

For an anthology of past winners, visit the Haiku Society of America Rengay Award Collection: HSA Rengay Competition Collection

Note to prospective rengay contestants: The following essays provide invaluable information and inspiration:

"The Rengay Verse Form" by Joan Zimmerman:

"Rengay: An Introduction" by Michael Dylan Welch:

"Give Rengay A Try" by Michael Dylan Welch:


Interested in writing for the Wales Haiku Journal? We are looking for haiku commentators for the latest edition (new format for 2023!) journal released later this month. Send an example of your haiku commentary to to register your interest with the email title "Haiku Commentary".
For all other submissions, we welcome haiku, haiga, haibun, haiku commentaries and book reviews throughout each submission window. Please see below for a guide on what we are looking for and how to submit.

We publish 4 issues a year, with the following submission deadlines for haiku:

Spring issue published in April (submission window: 1 March - 31 March)
Summer issue published July (submission deadline: 1 June - 30 June)
Autumn issue published in October (submission deadline: 1 September - 30 September)
Winter issue published in January (submission deadline: 1 December- 31 December)

Submitted work should follow these guidelines:

Work submitted may be on any theme or subject, but works that embody the nature tradition of haiku are particularly keenly sought.
Poems submitted should be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
If submitting haiku, please submit 5-10 pieces at a time.
Please submit once only for each issue.
Poems should all be included in the body of your email, and not attached as a .doc or .pdf file.
Submissions of haiga/photo haiku should not contain any word/image credits in the works themselves.
We aim to respond to all submissions within a few weeks, but during busier reading periods responses may take 6-8 weeks. All poets will receive a notification if their work has been accepted or not.
Suggestions for essays and reviews are also welcome. Please direct any queries to the Editor at the email address below.

Please send your work to:

Best of luck with your submissions. We very much looking forward to receiving them.

2024 Submission Schedule

June 1-30, Billie Dee
August 1-31, TBD
October 1-31, TBD
December 1-15, Third Annual Rachel Sutcliffe Memorial Haiku-arts Contest


The poems must be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other journal. Poems posted in social media such as Twitter, Facebook or personal blogs will be considered.

Please send your poem in the email's body. Do not send attachments, we will not open them!

What and Where to Send

Please send ONLY ONE UNPUBLISHED haibun or tanka prose to

Format Your Submission as follows

Please send the following in the email's body (IN EXACTLY THIS ORDER). No attachments.

(Don't include labels like "Email, Name, Location, etc.. See example farther down the page.)

—Email Address

For poems:
—Your Poem Title (in bold)
— Your Name
— City, State/Province, Country

—Dedication (if any)
—Body of Your Poem
—Footnotes (if any)

Photo for Biography

Note Regarding Biographies: We have re-envisioned how biographies are handled on Drifting Sands. Now, as your bio changes, it changes everywhere the new system uses it (all issues going forward). It's also not limited to a paragraph or two, or just one image. Each poet in the directory has a dedicated page that they can expound on. These pages are exactly like the pages offered on the Poet's Hub and will eventually fully replace that functionality, providing a landing page for every poet in our community. As such, these pages are like miniature websites that offer the ability to post images, text, links to a variety of resources, and even the ability to do things like embed a YouTube video if you have a poetry related project you want to share. Drifting Sands is all about the haibun and tanka prose communities. These pages represent the many faces that make up that community. We're very excited about this new approach in that it both streamlines our workload and provides better exposure for our poets. We hope you'll take full advantage of what this feature offers as you become familiar with it. You can look up your existing bio page here: DSH Contributors A-Z.

Example Email (See, no labels.)

De finibus bonorum et malorum
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Rome, Italy

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Ea officiis expedita est similique accusamus est commodi rerum et minus similique? In optio nostrum qui dolor eaque ab mollitia fuga aspernatur sapiente eos magni dolorem ex velit excepturi. Sit libero consectetur qui voluptas minima ad rerum unde qui sunt maxime et aliquid voluptates et blanditiis praesentium id magni nostrum? Ut soluta recusandae sit omnis quos ut adipisci minima.

nothing wrong
with filling up the page
with meaningful nonsense
just make sure
to check your spelling

Subject Line of Email

Consult the contest guidelines for an appropriate subject line for a particular contest.
The subject of your regular submission emails should be formatted EXACTLY as follows:

Sub, Your Name, Date (in the format: mm/dd/yyyy)

Sub, Marcus Tullius Cicero, 01/01/23

The Basics

Haibun Graceguts
Tanka Prose Rays Web

Further Reading: Articles about Writing Haibun & Haiku An in-depth list of articles related to writing haibun, haiku, and tanka prose. Hosted on Contemporary Haibun Online.

In General
We tend to take a hands-on approach to editing here at Drifting Sands so please don't be offended by suggestions. You are free to accept or reject them as you prefer. They are just that, suggestions.

Please note that contest entries are judged as submitted.

Copy Editing
All work is subject to copy editing to conform to our house style. Editors will correct minor issues without notification. If you feel a copy edit fails to live up to your intentions, you may request a change.

Prohibited Content

We will not publish racist, sexist, homophobic, or other hateful speech. Don't send us poems that are pornographic or include gratuitous violence. We abhor censorship so feel free to express yourself but not at the expense of others.


— You agree to adhere to the guidelines set forth on this page and that the submitted work is your own and you have the rights necessary to give Drifting Sands permission to publish it.

— You agree that Drifting Sands may publish your work on this website and in digital or in print format (including but not limited to social media, special collections, anthologies, etc.)

— You retain full copyright and any additional publication rights.

— Revisions, after an issue has been released for publication, are at the discretion of the editorial team.

Thank You for your participation in the Drifting Sands experience. If you don't hear from us in a couple of weeks after submitting, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Submission Guides
The Mamba's Submission Guideline:

We are looking forward to Africa themed haiku i.e. haiku about African sights, sounds and settings.

We may also accept haiku which explore a universal theme but must delight and thrill us.

– Haiku must contain clear images, settings and juxtaposition.

– Haiku must be concise and as brief as possible. (Though 17 syllable haiku are welcome)

– We encourage experimentation with haiku; therefore one-liners will be considered.

– We have zero tolerance for plagiarism, profanity, use of vulgar words and politically biased verses.

– We encourage the use of African season words as opposed to the Japanese kigo.

– We accept haiga as long as enough copyright evidence is provided for the haiku and picture respectively.

– Please submit 10 haiku and/or  5 photo haiku or haiga at a time.

Submission window will be open: October 15th, closes January 15th for February Issue; re-opens May 15th to August 15th for September Issue respectively.

The Mamba Journal will be published twice a year: February 15th and September 15th each year.

All submissions must be sent to: with the subject line labelled "The Mamba Submission".

Submitters must include their full name/pen name, country and city of residence.

Leaf III has recently been published: Editor Ravi Kiran, with commentaries of selected haiku and haiga from Keith Evetts and Marion Clarke

Next open for submissions during June
Maximum number of haiku allowed: two (2) haiku in English

Judging criteria: Selection will be blind to authorship and the sole criterion will be excellence

Judge: to be identified with the winners

Entry fee: none

Eligibility: all haiku poets other than the staff of The Heron's Nest and the contest judge


First Place - $200, a copy of Red Leaves: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles and a miniature crystal turtle

Second Place - $100 and a copy of Red Leaves: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles

Third Place - $50 and a copy of Red Leaves: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles

Honorable Mention (up to five recipients) - award certificates and recognition on our "Awards" page and in our annual print edition.

NOTE: monetary awards to non-US winners will be made through PayPal, where possible, in order to avoid the high cost of bank processing fees.

Deadline for entries: June 1, 2024

How to enter: By email to John Stevenson at (put "Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards" in the subject line; provide haiku in the body of the email only-attachments will not be opened. Include your name and your location as you would like to see each listed.)

The submitted poems must not have been published; not accepted for publication; not under consideration by anyone other than us until we announce the contest results.

Announcement of results: July 31, 2024 on our web site.
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