Pure Haiku OPEN to submissions!

1 October, 2021

Pure Haiku is once again OPEN to submissions on the theme of Ghostlight.

The deadline is midnight (UK Time) on 31st October 2021.

Please use this image to inspire you to write a maximum of 5 traditional haiku!

Ghostlight Fractal © Troy David Loy 2021

Delve deep into Ghostlight by Troi David Loy. You can find out more about Troi at his YouTube Channel!

Take time to consider what this image means to you, what it brings to mind, what it makes you feel/remember/imagine. Show me different things about this fractal, things I would never think of. Use the image as the inspiration for your haiku – don’t let any of the haiku depend on the image!

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please read Submission Email and the Submit Page, before sending a maximum of 5 haiku to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com

with SUBMISSIONS, the 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.


Pure Haiku – how it works

8 February, 2021

Pure Haiku is OPEN to traditional haiku on the theme of UNFURLING (see below) until 28th February 2021 at midnight, UK time!

So, you’ve found Pure Haiku, a site that publishes classical haiku.

But, how does it work?

As of 2021 and into the future, I will be running either one or two themes each year.

The submission periods from now on will last a maximum of 28 days, usually from the 1st – 28th of the selected month.

A post will appear on the 1st of the submission month announcing the new theme, and the same details will also be made available on the SUBMIT page.

During the submission month people can submit up to a maximum of 5 haiku on the current theme by email.

At the end of the submission period a post will appear on this site announcing that submissions are now closed and the same message will appear on the SUBMIT page.

I then have 2 months to read through all the haiku submitted and to choose which ones I want to appear on Pure Haiku.

If two or more writers are short-listed for the Featured Haiku Writer slot, I will usually ask the artist who produced the image for the theme to choose the Featured Haiku Writer.

Once that’s all confirmed, I then start scheduling haiku to appear every other day over a period of 3 months. Once everything’s scheduled, I contact everyone who has submitted their haiku for the theme and let them know that either their haiku has been accepted and when their haiku will appear, or let them know their haiku have been rejected and encourage them to submit again when the next theme is announced.

For instance, the current theme is UNFURLING and the deadline is 28th February. I will choose selected haiku in March and schedule the posts in April to appear between 1st May and 31st July. All contributors will be notified by 30th April whether or not they’ve been successful.

This is a free site and I don’t earn any money from it, so I can’t pay haiku writers anything. However, I do know from personal experience how valuable free exposure is to writers, and this is my way of offering something back to the writing community.


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