Pure Haiku Open to Submissions #1

6 January, 2020

PURE HAIKU is OPEN to submissions on the theme of TRANSLUCENT.

You are not allowed to use the word Translucent or Translucence in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use this word in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of Translucent.

The OED defines the verb TRANSLUCENT as “allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semi-transparent.” Further definitions can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.

Delight me and surprise me with your haiku that paint vivid pictures of TRANSLUCENCE. Don’t be obvious, seek for subtlety. I want to read lots of aha moments!

There will be 35 slots for individual haiku plus space for up to 5 days for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 24th January 2020 at midnight.

TRANSLUCENT themed haiku written in English in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site between April and June 2020.

How to submit to Purehaiku

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 current theme 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 email address
Your haiku (all 5 in one email please) (they do not have to be titled)
The full address of your blog or website if you have one or the full address of one of your social media outlets (only one site per submission please)
The name you want to appear on the copyright
One sentence introducing yourself. Be quirky and interesting – you want people to find you, don’t you?!

(Even if you have had haiku published on this site before, please still include all this information as I do not keep any details of previous submissions. By including all the required details it makes my life easier when scheduling haiku. Thank you.)

By submitting your haiku you confirm that you are the author of the work and that you give me permission to publish your work at Pure Haiku. You are also giving me permission to publish your haiku on facebook, mewe and twitter and any other social media sites that I deem fit once it has appeared here. The copyright remains with you, the author.

Please send me each haiku with just one or two lines of spacing between each one in the body of your email.

When you have emailed your submission, you should receive an auto reply informing you of the date when I will be in contact with you. If you do not receive an auto reply within 24 hours, please feel free to send a second email enquiring about your original submission.

I can only accept haiku for consideration if they are EMAILED to me at the above mentioned address. Please DO NOT submit haiku via the comments box or via a facebook message or via twitter etc.

Please do not send attachments. I can only accept haiku that are submitted in the body of the email.

If you read the following pages you are more likely to have your haiku accepted: –

What I Am Looking For

How To Compose Classical Haiku


Selection Process

Pure Haiku Submissions in 2020

1 January, 2020

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

Just wanted to give you all a heads up on how Pure Haiku is being run this year.

I will be opening Pure Haiku to submissions on three separate themes in the first three months of 2020.

The first theme will be announced on 6th January and will run until 24th January. The selected haiku will be posted April-June.

The second theme will be announced on 3rd February and will run until 21st February. The selected haiku will be posted July – September.

The third theme will be announced on 2nd March and will run until 20th March. The selected haiku will be posted October – December.

The reason for this is that my self-employed status means I cannot predict how busy I will be at any given time of the year. I have to schedule all posts that appear on this blog well in advance!

Check back on 6th January for the first theme to be announced!

Please ensure you’ve read all the information (click on the page tabs at the top of the screen) as many updates as to how I select haiku and how haiku should be submitted have been made recently.

I look forward to reading your work!

Please note that haiku from this site are automatically shared to my three Twitter accounts at @purehaikufp, @FreyaPickard and @FreyasClippings.

I no longer post haiku on Facebook and will be closing my Mewe account shortly.

Disintegration complete …

23 December, 2019

Thank you for joining my guests and I in our explorations of DISINTEGRATE.

Disintegrate Inspiration

Disintegrate Painting

I hope you have enjoyed our journeying together and have been inspired to write your own haiku on the theme!

I’ll be doing something a bit different for Pure Haiku in 2020 – if you’re not yet signed up to receive posts whenever they appear, simply enter your email address on the right hand side of this page.

Have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and see you all again next year!

Please note that I am offline now (this is a scheduled post) and that any comments made probably won’t be approved until 2nd January 2020!


12-21 – Featured Haiku Writer

21 December, 2019

ice castle kingdom,

sparkling crystal universe

shatters as branch falls

© Merril D. Smith 2019


The mother of two extraordinary daughters, Merril D. Smith and her husband Doug share a house in New Jersey with their two cats. She is currently working on two reference books about rape–and a book of poetry.

This haiku is part of our theme of Disintegrate.

12-20 – Featured Haiku Writer

20 December, 2019

spring and summer passed,

now the hare turns winter white–

memories grow dim

© Merril D. Smith 2019


Merril D. Smith is also a freelance test writer for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

This haiku is part of our theme of Disintegrate.

12-19 – Featured Haiku Writer

19 December, 2019

scent of petrichor–

summer drips and blows away

on faded gold leaves

© Merril D. Smith 2019


Merril D. Smith’s published work has focused mainly on the history of women, sexuality, and culture.

This haiku is part of our theme of Disintegrate.

12-18 – Featured Haiku Writer

18 December, 2019

dream world constructed

in moonbeams adventures swirl,

disappear at dawn

© Merril D. Smith 2019


Merril D. Smith is a writer, editor, independent scholar and poet.

This haiku is part of our theme of Disintegrate.

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