A few words, and some unabashed shilling, if you don’t mind.
- I have to change the submission guidelines. I will be responding in ten days to submissions. I am reading over 1500 poems a month now, and although I absolutely love reading your work, I have to breath! I hope you all understand.
- The submission deadline will be the 25th of each month at Midnight Eastern Time. I simply need time to prep and review each edition. The one exception will be the November 5th (Guy Fawkes Issue), and all submissions must be in by the 1st of November, by Noon Eastern Time.
- Someone asked how long I would be doing this, and I am committed to 24 issues, in the current format. After that I will change the format for Failed Haiku. I am mulling over some ideas in my mind right now, but have not settled on any as of this moment. If you have a smart idea, email me your thoughts. I don’t want this zine to ‘go stale’, and I want your poetry to be widely read. Ideas from the poets are more than welcome.
- If you are wondering, I am working on an e-Book, of selected work from the first 12 issues now, and hope to have it up at the Amazon store in May. It may be sooner, but timing is not entirely in my control. The price will be as cheap as they allow me to make it, and ALL profits will go to Cancer Research. I repeat, I want your poems to be READ!
- I read a lot of collections of haiku and senryu. I would like to recommend two of them to you:
Ron Moss, who is a long time friend and inspiration has a new book out.”Bushfire Moon“, is simply one of the best collections I have read in years! That is saying something since I am a voracious reader of haiku! The link above will take you to Amazon, and it is free shipping for Prime Members! Don’t miss this one! My review carried a ‘guarantee’.
“A Year Unfolding“, by Debbie Strange is a wonderful collection, by one of our best! I have known Debbie for years, and published many of her poems and haiga. I wrote a review of this one, and had the chance to see it prior to publication. This book of little poems would fit nicely on your bookshelf. Again, free shipping for Amazon Prime Members!
Peace folks… The new issue will be out on time on March 1st!!!
Thanks for keeping FH so fresh and fun to read. Please do give yourself more time, Mike.
Take care, Jo
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I think I will take your kind advice… 🙂
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Mike, you’re obviously doing something right. Is there any way to share the burden? Some journals have multiple editors.
what about setting a limit ? Maybe three seryu, one tanka and one haibun per submission … Or something like that.
Just a little idea 🙂
2017-02-24 1:43 GMT+01:00 Failed Haiku :
> mikerehling posted: “A few words, and some unabashed shilling, if you > don’t mind. I have to change the submission guidelines. I will be > responding in ten days to submissions. I am reading over 1500 poems a month > now, and although I absolutely love reading your work, I have ” >
Oh, I am fine with ten, it allows poets to increase their own odds of having a poem selected. I love ready senryu, so that is not the issue, just that I need a bit more time to handle it all. Always enjoy reading your work!!!
Thank you Mike, I do not envy your job as an editor, I know there are many submissions to read. Failed Haiku has really grown. Thank you and all the best 👍.