How Pure Haiku Works
From 2021 onwards, I will be opening Pure Haiku to submissions every 8 months. The theme will be announced on the Submit Page as well as appearing in a blog post on the 1st of the submission month. The submissions window will be open for the entire month. I’m currently asking an artist to create an image specifically for each Pure Haiku theme and, if there are 2 or more writers shortlisted for the Featured Haiku Writer’s slot, the artist will select their favourite collection of haiku.
Once the deadline for submissions has passed, I will read all the haiku and select those I wish to publish on this site. There will usually be up to 35 posts for individual haiku, plus a 5 day slot for the Featured Haiku Writer. Once I’ve scheduled the selected haiku I will contact all the writers by email to let them know whether or not their haiku have been accepted.
The selected haiku for each theme will be published every other day over a period of 3 months. Please make sure you read at least the last two themes to get an idea of how Pure Haiku works and what kind of haiku is accepted here.
Why Traditional Haiku?
I originally set up this blog so I had somewhere to publish my traditional haiku. In 2010 I was having haiku rejected purely on the basis that they weren’t modern. Apparently, traditional haiku are 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.
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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.
Please be aware that I cannot provide critiques or feedback for your manuscript of poetry.
This is a Word Only blog. I only post images when the site is open to submissions and when I am introducing or summarising a theme. All haiku submissions must stand alone without the need for an image.
Any haiku submitted outside of the submission window timeframe will be deleted without being read.
Who am I?
I’m Freya Pickard, the author of The Kaerling series as well as other fantasy books and collections of poetry. 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 don’t earn any money from running Pure Haiku. I do it because I love interacting with other poets. Should you wish to support my full time writing career, please consider purchasing one of my books!