Poetry and Haiku Journal
Haiku Submission Guidelines

The Creatrix selectors for haiku 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  • All haiku must be unpublished and the author’s original work.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.

For more information on how to write haiku and what the editors are looking for, go to the Haiku Information section by clicking here.

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


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




Haiku Information

Many people write haiku in three lines, although traditionally Japanese haiku were often written in a single line, and modern haiku writers often write haiku in one, two or three lines.

In Japan, haiku were written in seventeen on or onji. The word on in Japanese means sound, and onji means sound symbol. Because of the difference in languages, the use of seventeen syllables in English forms a longer haiku than it would in Japanese language. In keeping with one of the most important rules of haiku – brevity, and to try to approximate Japanese language more closely, it is preferable to write English haiku in approximately twelve syllables, or as few syllables as possible.

Haiku in Japan usually contains a season word or words and a kigo is used to decide which words relate to which seasons. However, in Australia, because our seasons are different, many don’t use a kigo and try instead to use Australian season references, depending on who their intended audience is. See Australian Haiku Dreaming – for more on Australian season references.

Haiku usually has a distinct grammatical break, or kireji. Sometimes a dash is used to highlight the kireji, again depending on the intended audience. It also depends on whether a single image haiku is being written or a haiku using juxtaposition. It is preferable to use one or two clear, contrasting images.

Senryu is similar, except it emphasizes humor and human foibles instead of seasons, and may not use kigo or kireji.

For haiku definitions go to:

Links to Haiku sites:

Haiku Oz: The Australian Haiku Association –

Australian Haiku Dreaming –

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop –

Walleah Press, Famous Reporter, biannual magazine publishing poetry and with substantial haiku section, haiku submissions to: Lyn Reeves 44 Bayside Drive, Lauderdale, Tasmania 7021, Australia-


Stylus Poetry Journal an Australian site, based in Brisbane –

Paper Wasp Journal, quarterly; haiku and related forms. Enquiries/submissions to: 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069, Australia. Or to –  –

Haiku XpresSions publishes haiku from around the world in the magazine FreeXpresSion. Send up to ten unpublished haiku at a time, not on offer elsewhere, to the Haiku Editor, Cynthia Rowe (, including your postal address. Any writer whose work is published receives a complimentary copy of FreeXpresSion magazine.

Notes From the Gean: Haiku, Tanka and Haiga Journal –

Rooku –, and

Pardalote Press –, and

Great article about haiku:

Haiku and photography website:

The Heron’s Nest, USA –

A training exercise to writing haiku:

Shamrock Haiku Journal:

How to write haiku/Wisteria Press:

In the Moonlight a Worm …

Haiku Society of America:

Millikin University Haiku the Website:

Haiku World –

World Haiku Association –

HIA International Haiku Association –

Writer’s Digest/Poetic Asides:

Haiku site –

Haiku Talk: A general discussion list for writers and others interested in haiku and related genres. A forum for news and views. –

Haiku 2000: A series of webpages supporting and expanding on the material in The Art of Haiku 2000: a guide to haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, sedoka, sijo and other related genres, published by New Hope International. –

Wonder Haiku Worlds – a community portal for haiku and related forms:

chaba: an electronic haiku journal –

World Haiku Review:

Modern Haiku Magazine:

Simply Haiku:

Tiny Words publishes one haiku per day:

Roadrunner Haiku Journal:

Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America: