Those pesky records

Paper wasp has been somewhat taken aback by a (justifiably) irate email from overseas pointing out that one of its recent publications has fallen victim to the repeat publication of a singular haiku. It is unusual for journal editors and/or contest organisers to receive submissions that have been published elsewhere or haiku that occasionally bear a remarkable similarity to previously published material. It has, however, happened and this recent case does remind us all that patience and meticulous record keeping of haiku submissions to the many journals, websites and contests, now so easily accessible, is a good idea.