Writing is my life – will you be part of it?

Welcome to Pure Haiku!

I’m Freya Pickard, the author of The Kaerling series. My aim in life is to enchant, entertain and engage with readers through my writing. You can find out more about me and my books HERE.

I originally set up this blog so I had somewhere to publish my traditional haiku. In 2010 I was having my haiku rejected from so many places simply because they were traditional and apparently too difficult to write. Really?

Well, 5000+ followers later, I think I’ve made my point!

This blog is now a way of sharing my own and other peoples’ traditional haiku. This is me giving something back to the writing community. I know how difficult it is when you start to write. So I have made Pure Haiku a haven for those who enjoy writing and reading traditional haiku in the English language.

All the haiku published on this site are structured classically with 5-7-5 syllables per line. Please take this into account if you wish to Submit your own haiku and feature as a guest writer. I am aware that my haiku cannot be truly classical because I do not write in the old style of Japanese. Yet, this is how I was taught to write them many years ago and I find haiku such as these very pleasing to read.

Featured Haiku Writers

For each theme, I feature haiku by one guest writer. This is by invitation only. The best way to receive an invitation is to submit 4-5 haiku on the current theme whenever Pure Haiku is OPEN to submissions.

General Information

To be informed when the next submission window opens, simply sign up to follow this blog and receive notifications. (Enter your email address in the box at the top right hand corner of the page!)

Please note – the plural of haiku is haiku

If you wish to leave comments for other haiku writers, please do so in prose. Please note that any comments left in haiku form won’t be approved from now on. If you wish your haiku to appear on this site, please follow the guidelines and submit haiku during submission periods.

Freya Pickard

I am Freya Pickard the author of a number of published books including poetry. I also make videos to accompany my books at YouTube. My other blog can be found at Dragonscale Clippings and if you like poetry that is different, why don’t you sign up to my FREE Newsletter?!

You can also follow me at Twitter and Pinterest.

Please be aware that I cannot provide critiques or feedback for your manuscript of poetry.

This is a Word Only blog. Occasionally I may post images when I am introducing or summarising a theme. All haiku submissions must stand alone without the need for an image.

19 Responses to About

  1. […] and adventure, fiction and non),  Alaedin Fazel, (psychology, philosophy, family, and culture) and Freya Pickard (poetry, epic fantasies, and tales of passion). Thank you all, […]

  2. I’ve been poetry trolled because I offer traditional Haiku and Senryu in my challenges too. I’m thrilled to find someone and thinks about poetry like I do. Merril D. Smith referred me to your blog. I’m glad you’re here. ❤

  3. A haikuist after my own heart. I have learned to write the modern haiku, but I love the discipline of writing 5-7-5. I used to compose many on my drives into work based on my experiences of what I was seeing on the road. Ah, to be able to do this again. Jules Paige referred me to the site…thanks to her, I’ll be back again.

    • purehaiku says:

      Nice to meet you! I must remember to thank JulesPaige for recommending this site! There won’t be many posts here until mid-February when I’ll be posting selected haiku about Ocean!

  4. Osyth says:

    I generally pass Haiku by purely because I think the modern form is often lazy and an excuse for poor poetry. The original form takes dedication and is a wonderful art-form – so totally Japanese, rather as Ikibana is to flower arrangement. A seemingly effortless and minimal result that takes extraordinary skill and work to produce. I am not a writer of Haiku though one day I might find myself dedicating time to trying to produce something worthwhile – if I do it will be in the 5-7-5 classical structure. I came to you via Jane Dougherty whose work I tremendously admire and I am glad to have found you 🙂

  5. I have enjoyed writing haiku in 5-7-5 since I taught a little workshop for my son’s 4th grade class (one million years ago…). I love your site. And, thank you for the plural information (of the word haiku) – I could not get an answer and it was bothering me not to know or use it correctly. A small detail, but, I think haiku is about details, noticing them, and enjoying them! Thank you.

  6. I love your blog! I renewed my love of 5-7-5 haiku this past year. The challenge and pleasure of following this form grows and grows. Thank you for hosting this lovely blog.

  7. Hi Freya, Nice to see your haiku blog. 🙂

  8. Cindy says:

    I’m so happy you followed me on Twitter, and that I have discovered your page here. I am really, really glad to make the acquaintance of someone else who enjoys 5-7-5 haiku. I also enjoy non-conforming, but rarely write it because the “practice” of the classic style is a special and daily endeavor. Thank you for this, and I look forward to reading your writing and that of your guests.
    ~Cindy aka haikuclouds

    • purehaiku says:

      thank you so much for following me cindy! really nice to “meet” you! like you, I prefer the “practice” of traditional haiku. hope you enjoy the sphere haiku here over the next few weeks. I will be opening Pure Haiku to submissions at the end of March…!

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