In 2014 paper wasp is celebrating its 20th birthday, making it the longest running Australian journal dedicated to haiku and its related forms still in print. The journal was founded in 1994 by Jacqui Murray, John Knight and Ross Clark. The team was later strengthened by the legendary Janice M Bostok and, a short time later, by Katherine Samuelowicz.
paper wasp will mark this very special year with four unique issues. Two will take both paper wasp and haiku in new directions. For that reason, acceptance of broad-spectrum submissions is temporarily suspended.
Poets will, however, be given plenty of opportunities to spread their wings. The June issue will be dedicated to contemporary and experimental haiku, the September issue to senryu and, December to haiku with an Australian flavour/theme – for which overseas contributions are very welcome. Submission dates are May 1, August 1 and November 1. The March issue will be a nostalgic look back at haiku from paper wasp’s early issues.
Mail: paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Rd, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069, Australia