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Haiku Submission Guidelines
Creatrix will be published online in March, June, September and December each year. Founding members of Creatrix Online Haiku Journal: Maureen Sexton, John Bird, Nicholas Barwell To avoid disappointment, please take note of the submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines:
Brevity is the key element in haiku. Around 12 syllables or less is ideal, but we will sometimes accept up to 17 syllables. In 1, 2, 3 or possibly 4 lines. Three lines is the most common setting out in English language haiku.
That 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.
Haiku capture a moment in time, therefore need to be written in present tense.

That preferably infers an awe or a reverence of nature and uses a nature reference, however, we will also accept modern haiku that doesn’t necessarily refer to nature. That relates to the senses. Juxtaposition of two images is preferable, but we will accept single image haiku as well. We are looking for the 'aha' factor.
We will also accept senryu, which is similar to haiku, but emphasises humour and human foibles instead of seasons. Please send between 2 and 10 haiku for each submission.

Email your submission to with ‘haiku submission’ in the subject line, with all haiku in the body of the email only.

At this stage, publication is for WA Poets Inc member poets only. You don't have to live in WA to become a member. Membership form is available at: and Creatrix Journal is available at: