Here’s the nuts and bolts of submitting your haiku to Haiku Hub:
If you’re not already a member of the Hub, simply request to be added as a new writer by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Introduce yourself and add the link to your medium profile page in the body of the email.
Got haiku? Send it to us! But first read this guide.
*One submission per week please.*
— All submissions must be unlocked and will be published for all members.
— Submit one haiku in draft to the current Haiku This! prompt, using the prompt as your inspiration. Please send us only your best haiku for each Haiku This! prompt as we’d like to have a varied collection of single haikus for each one we release.
— If you’d like to submit a haiku outside of the prompt, please feel free to do so (but keep in mind, one submission per week) and if accepted it will appear on our Flash Haiku feature page. Be mindful your piece must be in proper form, and if it’s a variation on form please include an explanation of the type of haiku you’re submitting so we all may enjoy it.
— Please ensure your form is accurate and composed of 3 lines containing 5–7–5 syllables, respectively.
— Please include an image with your haiku along with the source credit, or your editors will add an image for you. However, do not rely on the image to convey the impression you wish to leave, this honor belongs to the haiku itself.
— Here’s a handy source to double check your haiku form for proper line and syllable format- (Here’s a link to the basics for beginners: Haiku found on Wikipedia.) Then, submit it in draft!
— Haiku Variations: If you’d like to submit a haiku poem in one of the recognized variations, please note it in the subtitle and with the appropriate tag. For example, a lune, which is a more common variation on the syllable pattern from 5–7–5 to 3–5–3. Simple subtitle your piece “a lune”.
To get a sense of what we prefer to publish here at Haiku Hub, please read over the next couple of paragraphs below.
Typical characteristics of haiku — Source
“Haiku” is a term sometimes loosely applied to any short, impressionistic poem, but there are certain characteristics that are commonly associated with the genre which the haiku artist must master:
- a focus on some aspect of nature or the seasons
- division into two asymmetrical sections, usually with a cut at the end of the first or second section, creating a juxtaposition of two subjects (e.g. something large and something small, something natural and something human-made, two unexpectedly similar things, etc.)
- a contemplative or wistful tone and an impressionistic brevity
- elliptical “telegram style” syntax and no superfluous words
- imagery predominates over ideas and statements, so that meaning is typically suggestive, requiring reader participation
- avoidance of metaphor and similes
- non-rhyming lines (typically)
Some additional traits which are especially associated with English-language haiku (as opposed to Japanese-language haiku):
- a three-line format with 17 syllables arranged in a 5–7–5 pattern; or about 10 to 14 syllables, which more nearly approximates the duration of a Japanese haiku with the second line usually the longest. Some poets want their haiku to be expressed in one breath.
- little or no punctuation or capitalization, except that cuts are sometimes marked with dashes or ellipses and proper nouns are usually capitalized
Note: If you don’t see your haiku published to the homepage right away be patient. We don’t have a fixed schedule for publishing. Also, the editors may ask you to make some edits to your piece before publishing, and of course, we reserve the right to pass on any submission which doesn’t meet submission criteria.