Deborah Christensen
Feb 9 · 4 min read
Photo by peter patel on Unsplash

IMPORTANT: We are no longer accepting new writers for the foreseeable future (14 July 2019). We will reconsider opening the publication for new writers from 1 October 2019.

I am new to the world of Haiku having only written my first Haiku poem this year (2019).

However, I am both captivated, and fascinated by its form.

I am wanting to challenge myself and others, to express ourselves using this short and minimalist beautiful form of emotive and often surprising poetry.

For ease of simplicity, this publication will only accept Haiku written as 17 syllables in the three line format.

If you wish to submit a 17 syllable haiku which is not in the three line format (extra lines) please indicate this in your submission — this will be considered.

At this stage, we will not be accepting Haiku written in other short-form variations. This is not because we do not value other forms, but is only due to time constraints, and a lack of familiarity with other forms. This may be reconsidered at a future date.

We will be offering a new weekly prompt every Saturday and also midweek if you wish to submit in response to that, but you are welcome to submit any of your haiku poems to this publication, at any time.

Guidelines for Haiku

  1. It must contain 17 syllables.
  2. It must only be made up of 3 lines.
  3. The first line must be 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables.
  4. If you wish to check your Haiku using a syllable counter click here.
  5. Usually, a haiku is about something in nature but it does not have to be.
  6. It is often non-rhyming.
  7. Punctuation and capitalization are up to the writer (normal rules do not apply).
  8. Often a haiku expresses a single thought, but this is not absolute.
  9. Usually written in the present tense.
  10. A haiku often involves a juxtaposition of two subjects ( the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect).
  11. It usually encompasses a single feeling or impression.
  12. If you are going to use a metaphor or simile then I would strongly recommend an implied metaphor. However, there are no hard and fast rules I will enforce. If you want to learn more about the debates over the use of metaphors in haiku you can read an explanation here.
  13. An example of a simile is: She is as innocent as an angel. An example of a metaphor is: She is an angel.
  14. It must NOT have been previously published on Medium.

Remember: It is meant to convey emotion, and often a traditional Haiku poem will leave the reader contemplative. The last line is often written introducing a surprising contrast.

One suggestion is to use a thesaurus to find more words to convey emotion and meaning if you find yourself stuck.

If you wish to learn more about writing Haiku then I found this simple link a great resource as a starting point.

Guidelines for Tanka

  • Five lines with the syllable structure 5–7–5–7–7.
  • A total of 31 syllables.
  • Try to avoid punctuation such as full stops and question marks.
  • Try to incorporate a turn in the third line as discussed in the guidelines about Tanka here.

To double check your syllable count, you can use this Haiku Syllable Counter. It works for tanka as well as haiku.

How to submit your haiku

  1. Become a follower of House of Haiku.
  2. Email me at and in the subject line write Haiku. Please add a link to your Medium profile in the body of the email.
  3. If I add you as a writer, then please follow the Medium guidelines here, for submitting your haiku to House of Haiku for publication.
  4. There may be a delay in publication if there is a backlog of haiku waiting to be published (usually will be published within 48 hours, and hopefully within 7 days maximum).
  5. Please make sure you have an image (with a credited source) with your draft haiku.
  6. Please add a title (I realize that many haiku’s traditionally do not have a title) as this makes it easier for Medium navigation.
  7. You can add your haiku as a locked or unlocked submission (both will be accepted). Please read more about what this means here if you are unsure.
  8. Please use the tag “haiku” when you submit your haiku.
  9. If you wish to give credit to the writer whose prompt has inspired you, as well as House of Haiku, please feel free to give credit at the end of your haiku. If you are forwarding a haiku NOT in response to the weekly prompt word — then just ignore this suggestion.

Submission of Suggestions for Haiku Prompts

So that I am not the only one making up all the weekly prompts we will accept haiku prompts from fellow Medium haiku composers.

These new prompts will be published weekly each Saturday.

If you would like to submit a word (and haiku) to be the Weekly prompt please follow the directions as follows:

  • If you wish to submit a haiku prompt then please forward to my email at
  • Please put haiku prompt in the subject line.
  • Each monthly prompt will begin on the first Saturday of each month (Australian time).
  • If your prompt is accepted, you will then be added as a writer and then you can follow the guidelines to submit your prompt as a draft to this publication (see link at 3 above).
  • I will email you back in relation to the date your prompt will be published (there may be a queue).

Please note that we reserve judgment to return any haiku submissions that do not meet submission guidelines.

House of Haiku

Haiku is a form of poetry usually inspired by nature, which embraces simplicity. We invite all poetry lovers to have a go at composing Haiku. Be warned. You could become addicted.

Deborah Christensen

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Seeker of Understanding/Meaning, Explorer of Spirit, Writer, Artist, Believer/Doubter, Dreamer, Communicator, Counselor

House of Haiku

Haiku is a form of poetry usually inspired by nature, which embraces simplicity. We invite all poetry lovers to have a go at composing Haiku. Be warned. You could become addicted.

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