five tales of danger …

24 August, 2016

thought you guys and gals would enjoy this haiku that I wrote especially for the launch of my first short story collection over at my other blog…

Dragonscale Clippings

five tales of danger
myths, emotions and magic;
dracomagan stands
haiku Freya Pickard 2016
This haiku reflects my first short story collection The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories. Please share and re-blog this post!

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Rusalka Ritual, The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

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closed to submissions..

9 July, 2016
Please note that Pure Haiku is now CLOSED to submissions.
A huge thank you to all those who submitted their haiku. Everyone who submitted haiku on the theme of LEAF will be contacted by 31st August 2016 with the results. The selected haiku will be posted on this site in September and October.
Pure Haiku will re-open to submissions in November 2016, when a new theme will be posted.
© Freya Pickard 2016

deadline – midnight tonight (8th July 2016)

8 July, 2016
Pure Haiku is open to Submissions until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
The theme is LEAF Please explore any meaning of the word… If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical form on the theme of LEAF to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com with SUBMISSIONS, the current THEME and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email: –
Your first name
Your last name
Your haiku – all 5 in one email please
The full address of your blog or website if you have one
The name you want to appear on the copyright
One sentence introducing yourself. Be quirky and interesting – you want people to visit your blog don’t you?!

More detailed guidelines can be found on the Submissions Page. The deadline is 8th July 2016 at midnight.
I am taking a break from blogging here at Pure Haiku until September. Meanwhile, I am blogging over at Dragonscale Clippings experimenting with elfje…
© Freya Pickard 2016

how I select haiku for this blog

6 July, 2016

The process of selection is simple and unbiased.


1 – at the end of the reading period I assign a number to each person who has submitted haiku

2 – I then cut and paste all haiku submissions into one document, assigning the correct number to each person’s submission – this means I can look at each haiku in an unbiased fashion

First Round

3 – I check the number of syllables are correct in each haiku – if they’re not, they are rejected

4 – sitting down with a cup of peppermint tea, I read through all the haiku submissions at least three times

5 – those haiku that stick out in my mind I highlight

Second Round

6 – I then go through the highlighted haiku and choose the ones that have individual lines that are complete in themselves and also conjure up a vivid image

Short List

7 – if there are still too many haiku I whittle the entries down further by eliminating ones that are very similar, choosing just the best to publish on the site.


8 – once I have determined which haiku will be published, I send out acceptance or rejection emails to everyone who has submitted work

To ensure your haiku make it through to stage 7, please read how to and follow all the relevant links.

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

why your haiku were rejected

4 July, 2016

Why were my haiku rejected?

I receive so many haiku whenever Pure Haiku is open to submissions that I am unfortunately no longer able to comment individually on each poem. Here is a list of the most common reasons why a haiku is rejected: –

1 – the haiku was not constructed with the correct number of syllables.

2 – the use of the English language is awkward, forcing the words to fit into the 17 syllable structure.

3 – each line is not an entire line in its own right.

4 – the haiku does not conjure up a vivid or original image.

5 – the haiku does not fit in with the advertised theme.

6 – the haiku was not in plain text in the body of the email, thus I was unable to cut and paste it with ease.

7 – you sent links to your haiku instead of pasting the haiku into the body of your email.

Please read how to and what I am looking for to ensure your haiku are considered for publication here at Pure Haiku.

I didn’t hear back from Pure Haiku at all – why?

1 – if you sent me an email then you should have received an auto reply. if you have not received an auto reply within 24 hours, please feel free to chase by email again.

2 – if you submitted your haiku as an attachment, your email will automatically be sent to the Spam folder and I will not see it at all.

3 – if you sent more than 5 haiku at any one time, only the first 5 will be considered.

4 – if you submitted haiku through the comments form, they will automatically be rejected.

5 – if you submitted haiku via a Facebook message or G+ message, they will automatically be rejected.

Please read submit to ensure your haiku are considered for publication here at Pure Haiku.

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

how to compose a classical haiku

1 July, 2016

How to compose classical haiku

Here at Pure Haiku I only publish classical haiku in the English language which are constructed in the strict syllabic structure of 5-7-5.
First line = 5 syllables
Second line = 7 syllables
Third line = 5 syllables

Here is an example: –

The cool night frost melts
with the warm breath of bird song.
Winter dawn chorus.

© Elizabeth Leaper 2013

Line 1 the (1) cool (1) night (1) frost (1) melts (1) = 5 syllables
Line 2 with (1) the (1) warm (1) breath (1) of (1) bird (1) song (1) = 7 syllables
Line 3 Winter (2) dawn (1) chorus (2) = 5 syllables

Here some more examples of haiku that I like to publish on this site: –

Raindrop crystal ball
hangs on the curved petal’s rim
mirrors summers past.

© Jane Dougherty 2016

Teeth grow and hair sprouts
Muscles strengthen, Sinew twists
Man is wolf again.

© D.B. Mauldin 2015

supine astronaut
white rock forever preserved
moondust covers corpse

© Freya Pickard 2015

not a breath of wind
the world waits on tenterhooks
until the song ends

© F Franklin 2015

Please read About Page to find out why I only publish strict, classical haiku on this site.

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Please note that I will be offline most of the time between 4pm (BST) 1st July 2016 until midday (BST) 18th July 2016.

open to submissions – theme is leaf

29 June, 2016
bud swells, spreads and falls
a ribbed lace-work skeleton
a new start, page turns
© Freya Pickard 2016

The deadline for traditional 5-7-5 haiku on the theme of LEAF is 8th July 2016. Please make sure you read the full guidelines at Submissions before submitting.


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