About the World Haiku Review,
the Magazine of the World Haiku Club
Editors and submission guidelines
Managing Editor & Acting-Editor-In-Chief: Susumu Takiguchi
Deputy Editor in chief : Kala Ramesh
Editor: Rohini Gupta
Various editors according to different genres, e.g. haibun.
for queries or information, email :
Kala Ramesh - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rohini Gupta - email@example.com
We look forward to seeing your work but please read the guidelines below.
What to Submit :
Haiku poems in English or in English translation, traditional or non-traditional on any topic, free or formal style, kigo or muki.
Up to ten poems which have not been published or are not considered for publication elsewhere.
The themes are only suggestions and you do not have to follow them.
for other works relating to haiku (haibun, articles, essays, haiga or
bookreviews on haiku etc.), just send in whatever you think would deserve
publication in WHR. Once again, quality is the key.
How to Submit :
We accept submissions by email only. No snail mail please.
Submit in the body of the email and not as an attachment. We do not open attachments.
Keep it simple, no fanciful or decorative fonts please. Arial, 12 pt.
In the subject line of the email put ‘Submission’ ,followed by what you are submitting and your surname.
For example : Submission – Haiku – surname.
To the email add your full name and your country.
Submit to both these addresses please :
Due to the volume of haiku we receive we do not send acceptance letters. When the issue goes up you will know if your haiku has been accepted.
Issues may have a theme which we will put up here. Do check just before the next issue. WHR publishes usually three times a year.
The only criterion for selection is quality.
We will put selected haiku poems in either the Neo-classical,
Shintai (new style) or Vanguard sections according to their characteristics.
You need not worry about this classification. Just write whatever haiku your
muse dictates, choose the best and send them to us.
Indications for Haiku Selection
Those likely to be REJECTED
Hackneyed, clichés, imitative or derivative;
Those likely to be ACCEPTED
1 New and/or original;
Indications for Selection of Other Works
Basically, many things about haiku would apply to them as well. Additionally:
Those likely to be REJECTED
1 Repeating what others have said many times;
2 Trapped by and subservient to rules and regulations;
3 Uncritical parroting of received views or conventional wisdom;
likely to be ACCEPTED
The classifications of Haiku
Neo-Classical, Vanguard and Shintai
Some people are asking what on earth is Shintai haiku, or Vanguard haiku. The classification is just like the titles of a filing cabinet in order to avoid unnecessary polemics about what is and what is not haiku.
There are now so many different varieties of haiku that defining haiku seems to me to be almost like fighting a losing and pointless battle.
So much so that we had better say that “Haiku is haiku if the author says so.” All the rest is only one real and essential question: Is it then a good poem?
All haiku poems can conveniently be divided into three categories according to how traditional or radical they are.
The most traditional end is grouped together under the Neo-classical with stringent kigo or 5-7-5 rules.
The most radical (freest) end is classified as the Vanguard.
Anything between these two falls into the Shintai (or new-style).
The borderline cases can go either category depending on the perception of a haiku poet who creates or reads them. And whichever category they may go, it does not matter.