Issue 85 is here!

Happy New Year to everyone! A big thank you to Arvinder Kaur and Hifsa Ashraf for editing this first issue of the new year. Thank you to everyone that submitted and for making Failed Haiku great. We are nothing without you! Tune in soon for special submission instructions for our next issue. Until then, have a wonderful time reading this latest issue.

Issue 84 is Here!

A big thank you to Hemapriya Chellappan for editing this great issue, her first as an official Co-Editor. Thank you to everyone who submit and make Failed Haiku great. We are nothing without our contributors and readers. Tune in soon for special submission and guest editor details for the next issue.

Bryan Rickert

The 2022 Jane Reichhold Haiga Contest results

I would like to thank all the participants in the Jane Reichhold Haiga competition this year. I also want to give a big thank you to the judges (Steve Hodge and Hemapriya Chellappan) that had the challenge of having to pick winners from a large contingent of excellent work. My congratulations to the winners and to the runners up. Please see below for all the results with commentary.


Issue 83 Is Here

Thank you to everyone that send in their haibun. This is a jam-packed issue full of variety! It was a true delight to edit my first full haibun issue. But now after all that reading, I may need a break. Our new co-editor Hemapriya Chellappan with take the editor’s desk for next month’s issue. Go check out the submissions page!

Bryan Rickert

Reichhold Contest News

Due to some timing and technical issues, the Jane Reichhold Haiga Contest results will not be released this year at their normal date of November 5th. It will take us a few days to dot all of our i’s and cross all of our t’s. My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience and for the delay. November 10th will be our new date for contest results this year. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Jane Reichhold Haiga Competition!

Announcing The SeventhJane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition
Failed Haiku is happy to announce the senryu haiga competition in honor of Jane Reichhold. Jane’s passing touched many of us; her love of all the haiku arts was legendary. We especially wanted her love of haiga and of senryu to be remembered and celebrated by artists and poets of both forms.

We have assembled two judges for this competition: Steve Hodge and Hemapriya Chellappan. Their decisions will be final.

Here are the rules of the competition:
1. Two First Place winners will be chosen from the following categories:
1. Traditional Haiga, as in ink, ink wash, watercolor, oils, or tempera.
2. Photographic and mixed media-based haiga.
3. All should contain a ‘senryu’ as the poem.
2. Winners in each category will be published in the November 5 issues Failed Haiku, along with a short write-up by the judges.
3. The entries can be by a single artist providing both senryu and image, OR any form of collaboration between artists. Please be sure to include complete attribution to both images and poems with your entry.
4. Only TWO entries per artist, and collaborations will count toward both artists’ totals.
5. All entries can be sent in either JPG or PNG formats and should be of high quality.
6. In the email containing your entry please tell us ‘briefly’ about how the image was created AND what category you are entering them in!
7. Entries should be original work that has not appeared in any edited journal, but work that has been displayed on social media or personal websites is acceptable.
8. All entries will be sent by email to ONLY.
9. Entries will ONLY be accepted from October 15 to October 20th at Midnight Eastern Time. Any entries received earlier or later will NOT be judged.
10. The judges will render their final decisions by October 30th, and the top three winners will be notified shortly thereafter.
11. The judges will, at their sole discretion, name ANY number of other entries as Honorable Mentions or Highly Commended.

Jane Reichhold was a poet/artist who worked in every form of haiga, some of which can be found at her site: AHA Poetry. A short memorial for her is posted at Under the Basho, with a link to her own long body of work. Jane inspired many, and we hope she will continue to inspire. Some of her own haiga can be found at her site: AHA Poetry.

Bryan Rickert

Issue 80 arrives with NEWS!

Issue 80 is UP and Kelly Moyer has filled it with some of the best of ‘senryuish’ poems!!!


We have news, folks! It is with my blessing and encouragement that we are bidding Kelly a hearty “happy trails,” as she sets out to complete North Carolina’s 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. But, fear not! Adept at editing on the move, she will be helping me select the best of over twenty years of haibun for my upcoming e-book entitled, “running from yesterday”. In addition, she will be preparing for the launch of Bacon Grease on the Trapdoor, a journal of experimental and intuitive short-form poetry, co-edited by the always witty Robert P. Moyer, and in her own words, her “breathtakingly handsome” husband.

Never fear though, Bryan will have me as his majordomo, and I will be adding to the Failed Haiku stable where we will be hosting short (15-20 minute) talks, from some of the best folks in haiku on any subject they choose related to haikai. Think of it as the TED Talks for Haiku and Senryu!

More news in the email blast next week!