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Contests and Awards / Samurai Haibun Contest!
« Last post by AlanSummers on Today at 04:32:52 PM »
An'ya of The United Haiku and Tanka Society (creator/founder) has brought back
the Samurai Haibun Contest,
alongside the Aha Hortensia Awards (haiku contest),
and the Fleeting Words Tanka Contest

Further details are at the website:

Other Haiku News / the Poetry of God (including haiku)
« Last post by Don Baird on October 21, 2021, 07:29:32 AM »
Hey folks,

My latest haiku book is "the Poetry of God." It is a book of Bible poetry (passages), resonant haiku, prayer, and mini-sermons. It is now released and ready to go, finally. :)

If anyone is interested in acquiring one (or more), please PM me here or on Facebook for orders.
Contests and Awards / Two old/new contests are back!
« Last post by AlanSummers on October 20, 2021, 04:44:40 AM »
an'ya, who is the founder of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, has brought back two of the favourite contests.

Check out:

twitter home page:

For further information and guidelines about:

the UHTS (aha) annual hortensia anderson awards (open 1st January and closes 31st January 2022)


the UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka contest (open 1st May and closes 31st May 2022)

Check the twitter page on 1st December 2021 for announcements

and in the meanwhile, for any questions, feel free to contact an'ya at:

An'ya's tanka website:

Journal Announcements / October cattails
« Last post by light pilgrim 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 / Inaugural Trailblazer Contest - RESULTS
« Last post by GRIX on October 12, 2021, 11:41:50 AM »
Our finalists have been selected!

We were honored to read such a widely-varied batch of high-quality submissions for our inaugural contest. With 9 voting panelists, it was a difficult task to come to agreement on many poems and it was not easy to predict which poems would eventually make their way to the end of shortlist. We created a rubric to score the poems and all poems over a decided score are included in the list of finalists.

Overall, there were 406 entries (266 haiku and 140 tanka) from 39 countries and the moon!

Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany. Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, and the moon!

Please enjoy the selected poems and the commentary written by some of our voting panelists (GRIX, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Kat Lehmann, m. shane pruett, Shloka Shankar, Christine L. Villa, Margaret Walker) as well as Alan Summers (who abstained from voting).

​Stay tuned over the coming months as we will be featuring short interviews with our finalists in regard to their selected poems.

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Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest 2021 winners
« Last post by sandra on October 05, 2021, 03:45:39 PM »
Congratulations to all the winning poets - and thanks to everyone who entered. Please go to this website to read the list of winners and judge's comments.
Journal Announcements / Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem is OPEN
« Last post by Kat Lehmann on October 01, 2021, 11:30:41 AM »
We look forward to reading your work!

Submission link and details:

Reading and publication schedule:

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published on the Whiptail website the following month.

Response time:

If you have not heard back within 21 days, you are free to submit your poems elsewhere. We will not send notices for declined work. Please wait 30 days before sending your next submission, whether accepted or declined. Please refrain from simultaneous submissions.

What to submit:

Individual poems - Please submit 3-5 one-line poems of any variety, including monostich haiku, senryu, one-line tanka, poetic fragments, one-line micropoems, or lyrical lines.

Sequences - Please submit 2 sequences of up to eight single-line poems. Sequences should have a title, should link and shift between each individual poem (or poet, if collaborating), and not have obvious repetition throughout the sequence OR TITLE. Additionally, it should travel. Feel free to submit any format of sequencing you like.

​Poetic images - One-line concrete poetry, and haiga, shahai, and vispo that employ a single-line poem will also be considered. Prose sentences will not. Submit 3-5.
Submissions of a mix any of the above are welcome up to 5 total.

***We will consider found poems that take on their own meaning and veer significantly from the source work. Please provide source info and screenshots or erasures of the areas where you selected your choice words.

All submitted work must be your original and previously unpublished work. This means poems that have not appeared on social media, as we want to be the first venue to present your poem to the public. Include your name as you wish it to appear in publication.

If you have any questions about the types of poems we are looking for, please see the resources at the bottom of our About page.

How to submit:

Submit your poems via the Google form using the Submit button below.

For concrete and visual poems, complete the Google form and type out each poem as one line, then email images as attachments in jpeg or png form to Please make sure the name and email address match on the form. All images should be formatted as a square as this will be the house style for all posts.

​For sequences, follow the same steps but type title in place of poem and email your sequence (paste into body of email for simple formatting as well as in addition to any images you may send of any special formatting).

Rights and terms:

Whiptail retains the right to publish your work on our website and social media accounts. All rights return to the author upon publication. Whiptail reserves the right to reuse work that has appeared in the journal, with proper citation, in any future print or electronic collections or anthologies. If the author wishes to later republish the work, Whiptail requests that you cite the journal as the venue of first publication.

Whiptail does not publish anything racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or the like. Don’t send it.


Whiptail is a non-paying market.

I began reading this issue last night—wow, what powerful writing!

Well done to all involved.

Issue 11 of Drifting Sands, edited by Diana Webb, is now live. You can start reading here:


Drifting Sands is a 100% volunteer undertaking. Below is a list of those who helped bring this issue to life:

    • Diana Webb (Guest Editor)
    • Gabriel Ertsgaard (Copy Editor)
    • Kathleen Trocmet (Formatting Administrator)
    • Gary Ford (Formatter)
    • Tom Staudt (Formatter)
    • Catherine Altimari (Formatter)
    • Ray Rasmussen (Formatter, Consultant)
    • Richard Grahn (Founder, Webmaster)


Submissions open October 1st – 31st. The submissions page is here:

The Drifting Sands - Poet's Hub

In the spirit of bringing writers and readers together (that's really the goal of any journal, right?) we've created a new dimension to Drifting Sands, that being the Poet's Hub, which you can see here:

The Hub offers writers a platform to share themselves with the readership. Each haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose, and/or haiga poet (whether a dsh contributor or not) can have a free, fully-customizable page in what is essentially, a directory of poets. A good way to look at these pages, though, is as bios on steroids. They offer the ability to publish a full bio or resume complete with photos, videos, and other visual content, examples of the poet's work and links to their online resources (including their own blog or website, social media accounts, and their published books online). Each author is limited only by their imagination and the fact that this is a poetry-centric resource.

If you would like our assistance with designing your page, please contact us using the form here:

We're offering live tutorials (group and in-person) on a first-come-first-serve basis to help people get up-and-running with their page. It that doesn't work, we can build the page for you, given the content to work with.

We hope you'll find this project beneficial to you as a poet because, in the spirit of community, it's there for you.
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