Creatrix Haiku Submission Guidelines

Haiku selectors are: Rose van Son, Coral Carter, Amanda Joy and Gary De Piazzi.

To avoid disappointment, please follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your submission being rejected.

Haiku Submission Guidelines
• Publication submissions are accepted from financial WA Poets Inc members and others interested in writing haiku.
• Submissions of up to 10 haiku per person accepted for each issue.
All haiku must be unpublished and the author’s original work.
• Email your submission to with “haiku” and your surname in the subject line, with all haiku in the body of the email only (i.e. no attachments).

Elements of an Acceptable Haiku
• Brevity is the key in haiku. Around 12 syllables or less is ideal, but we accept up to 17 syllables.
• Three lines is the most common setting in English language haiku but we will also consider 1, 2 and 4 line haiku.
• Preferably does not use poetic tools, such as simile, metaphor, rhyming, punctuation (except perhaps a dash to mark a grammatical break), capital letters (except Proper nouns), titles, personification, abstract images and language.
• Captures a moment in time, therefore must be written in present tense.
• Preferably infers an awe or a reverence of nature and uses a nature reference, however, we also accept modern haiku that doesn’t necessarily refer to nature.
• Relates to the senses.
• Juxtaposition of two images is preferable, but we will accept remarkable single image haiku.

We are looking for the ‘aha’ factor.

We also accept senryu, which is similar to haiku, but emphasises humour and human foibles instead of seasons.

Founding members of Creatrix Online Haiku Journal: Maureen Sexton, John Bird and Nicholas Barwell.

Submission Closing Dates
Deadlines for submissions is midnight (Perth, Western Australia time) on the following dates:
10th February for the March issue
10th May for the June issue
10th August for the September issue
10th November for the December issue

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