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

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.

12-17 – Featured Haiku Writer

17 December, 2019

dazzling fireball

streaks silver across the sky–

traces of stars’ dust

© Merril D. Smith 2019


Merril D. Smith travels through time and space while gazing out her kitchen window with a cat on her lap.

This haiku is part of our theme of Disintegrate.

4 – 25 – featured haiku writer

25 April, 2019

a difficult birth

fifty years of contractions

here I am at last


© D. Avery 2019


People sometimes read what I write. ShiftnShake is a place for you to read some of my writing.

Here is the final haiku from our featured haiku writer for the theme of Emergence.

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