Haiku News is always looking for haiku, senryu, tanka and kyoka poems to publish in concert with news stories. Some poets prefer to write in direct response to the news and if this is the case please include a link to the news article you were inspired by. We also accept the submission of poems which do not refer to a specific news items, or which respond to a local or world event, without a specific headline in mind. If this is the case, the editors will find a headline which works appropriately with the poem, in consultation with the poet.

We do not publish all poems received and will only publish those that are quality poems, regardless of whether they are traditionally considered news worthy (we accept poems on all news – from the intimate to the intimidating, from the personal to the political). We also prefer poems which are able to stand alone (without needing the news story to make sense) but which enrich the news story upon making the connection.

For those of you who are new to haiku it is worth mentioning that we do not consider 5-7-5 to be essential to a haiku poem. For a very brief outline of the kind of haiku we are interested in see here and have a look at the poetry we have previously published. If your poem is accepted you will be notified by email within a few weeks of receipt and the poem will be published at the discretion of the editors (usually within a month of acceptance). Although we are called “Haiku News” we also accept senryu, tanka and kyoka.



What to include: the poems, your full name, your email address, and a link to on-line coverage of the news item if you have one, with subject heading: Haiku News Submission.

Where to send it: the4shades [at] gmail [dot] com

Please Note: Put the poem (or poems) in the body of the email as we do not open attachments.



At this point we cannot offer any payment for your haiku news articles. We do not mind if the poems have been published elsewhere, but please let us know where they were published so we can credit the original publisher. If this is the first place they are published, Haiku News receives first serial rights to the poem. Reprint rights revert to author 30 days after first publication in Haiku News, so long as subsequent publishers credit Haiku News with first publication.