Haiku submissions wanted …

16 January, 2019

Why were my haiku rejected?

I receive so many haiku whenever Pure Haiku is open to submissions that I am unfortunately no longer able to comment individually on each poem. Here is a list of the most common reasons why a haiku is rejected: –

1 – the haiku was not constructed with the correct number of syllables.

2 – the use of the English language is awkward, forcing the words to fit into the 17 syllable structure.

3 – each line is not an entire line in its own right.

4 – the haiku does not conjure up a vivid or original image.

5 – the haiku does not fit in with the advertised theme.

6 – the haiku was not in plain text in the body of the email, thus I was unable to cut and paste it with ease.

7 – you sent links to your haiku instead of pasting the haiku into the body of your email.

Please read how to and what I am looking for to ensure your haiku are considered for publication here at Pure Haiku.

How to submit to Pure Haiku

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 (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 visit your blog, 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.)

© Freya Pickard 2019

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Open to Submissions!

4 January, 2019

Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.

The THEME is EMERGENCE.

This time, you are not allowed to use the word Emergence 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 EMERGENCE.

The OED defines the word EMERGENCE as “The process of becoming visible after being concealed.” Further definitions can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.

Delight me and surprise me with your haiku that paint vivid pictures of EMERGENCE. Don’t be confined to the obvious, be subtle, be clever, be imaginative! As always I’m looking for excellent use of language and words that conjure up clear, vivid pictures; show, don’t tell.

There will be 28 slots for individual haiku plus space for up to 5 days for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 25th January 2019 at midnight.

EMERGENCE themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site between March & April 2019.

How to submit to Pure Haiku

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 (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 visit your blog, 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.)

© Freya Pickard 2019


how to compose a classical haiku

1 July, 2016

How to compose classical haiku

Here at Pure Haiku I only publish classical haiku in the English language which are constructed in the strict syllabic structure of 5-7-5.
First line = 5 syllables
Second line = 7 syllables
Third line = 5 syllables

Here is an example: –

The cool night frost melts
with the warm breath of bird song.
Winter dawn chorus.

© Elizabeth Leaper 2013

Line 1 the (1) cool (1) night (1) frost (1) melts (1) = 5 syllables
Line 2 with (1) the (1) warm (1) breath (1) of (1) bird (1) song (1) = 7 syllables
Line 3 Winter (2) dawn (1) chorus (2) = 5 syllables

Here some more examples of haiku that I like to publish on this site: –

Raindrop crystal ball
hangs on the curved petal’s rim
mirrors summers past.

© Jane Dougherty 2016

Teeth grow and hair sprouts
Muscles strengthen, Sinew twists
Man is wolf again.

© D.B. Mauldin 2015

supine astronaut
white rock forever preserved
moondust covers corpse

© Freya Pickard 2015

not a breath of wind
the world waits on tenterhooks
until the song ends

© F Franklin 2015

Please read About Page to find out why I only publish strict, classical haiku on this site.

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Please note that I will be offline most of the time between 4pm (BST) 1st July 2016 until midday (BST) 18th July 2016.


what kind of haiku I’m looking for

27 June, 2016

I am looking for haiku that capture a single, vivid image in words.

I like snapshots frozen in time, conjuring something visual or audible or tactile that can be conveyed to the reader in just 17 syllables.

I like haiku that use the English language in an interesting way and that include juxtaposition and/or contrasts, looking at objects in a new, refreshing way.

I am looking for haiku that stand alone and say what they need to say by themselves without the need of a picture. I want the words themselves to convey a picture.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, each haiku will be considered individually on its own merits. Please check your haiku contains the correct amount of syllables on each line before you email them to me.

Please note that I do not post photographs as it slows the blog down.


about pure haiku

22 June, 2016

Welcome to Pure Haiku! I am Freya Pickard the author of Dragonscale Leggings. My other blog can be found at Dragonscale Clippings

I am English and I enjoy writing haiku in my native language based on the classical Japanese 5-7-5 syllabic structure.

I set up this blog in order to promote this form of haiku. I have no problem with modern haiku but object strongly to having my haiku rejected purely because they are “classical”. More recently, I’ve been told that “most people don’t write traditional haiku any more.” I found this interesting, as in April 2016 I had 1,848 people following this blog.

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. Yes, it is difficult to create a classical haiku in English, but isn’t that what writing is all about? Isn’t that how we hone our craft, by attempting the difficult?

Featured Haiku Writers
Three times a year 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.

Please note – the plural of haiku is haiku

You can also follow me at Facebook and Twitter and Google+.


haiku submissions – how to submit

25 June, 2014

Pure Haiku is currently CLOSED to haiku submissions but will be re-opening on 27th June 2014 when a new theme will be posted on the Submissions Page.

How to submit to Purehaiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please wait until the new theme is posted and send a maximum of 5 haiku to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com with Submissions and your name in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email: –
Your first name
Your last name
Your haiku
The full address of your blog or website if you have one
The name you want to appear on the copyright

By submitting your work you confirm that you are the author of the work and that you give me permission to publish your work on this site. The copyright remains with you, the author.

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 G+ messaging.

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

Please ensure you read all the information at the Submissions Page before sending your haiku to me on or after 27th June 2014.

© Freya Pickard 2014

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