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Issue 54 is now UP!!!

I want to thank Praniti Gulyani for being our Guest Editor for this issue! Wow, she brought a lot of energy and creativity to both the topic she selected and to her role as an editor. I think a fine young poet is on her way to being a fine editor as well! Take a look at this issue and enjoy the work that all of these fine poets have created.

Fifth Annual H. Gene Murtha Contest

Brent Goodman, Editor of Prune Juice Journal, and I will be judges for the Murtha Contest this year. PLEASE READ THE RULES, and we look forward to seeing your work!

Murtha Contest Rules

H. Gene Murtha did not ‘invent’ senryu nor did he write papers on the subject. That was not his style! Instead, he wrote wonderfully revealing and sensitive poems about his first love, nature, and all the complex pieces of his own life. His poems teach us still.

Before his death, he put out Biding Time, a PDF collection of some of his work and told me to ‘put it out there’ so people would have something to remember him by. It has been on my servers ever since! Check it out at the link below.

Click to access BIDING%20TIME%20H.%20Gene%20Murtha.pdf



FINALLY! Issue 53 is UP!

Your failures were many, but now the resurrection is complete! Issue 53 has given some of your cherished failures a NEW LIFE! Read and enjoy it!

WE HAVE A GUEST EDITOR FOR THE JUNE ISSUE! Check out the Submission Guides for the rules of the road this month!!!

The Murtha Contest Rules will be posted soon! Get ready!!!

Working on the May issue!

I just returned from a short hospital stay. I still have some things to sort out, but for now, I am stable. This is related to a heart issue that is tied to genetics, and my father had the same issue. I have doctors who are holistically oriented and working with me. Lots of tests seem to indicate a difficult to diagnose treatment and they can’t seem to put a finger on the actual ’cause’. No worries. I will survive. I am working getting acceptances out for the May issue in two to three days. Then I have a ‘guest editor’ lined up for the June issue.

Also, the Murtha Contest will go on as planned. Brent Goodman and I are looking forward to seeing all your work.

So sorry for the delay. I will sort out these issues soon (I hope) and get things back on course.


Issue 52 is UP!!!

Well Well Well! There are almost 100 Haibun in this issue!!! Our two Guest ‘Failed’ Editors, Terri and Raymond French, currently traveling the country in their new home with wheels, have done a wonderful job! With the help, of some of the best Haibun poets out there this issue is a MUST READ! Give it a CLICK right now!






Issue 51 is BORN!!!!

Sorry folks, but my Internet failed me last night. Just came back on and this issue is UP!

We have a Guest Editor next month! The Traveling Wilburys return in the form of the Traveling French Family! Terrie and Raymond French will be guest editing a HAIBUN only edition. Hold your submission until the TENTH of March!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Issue 49 is UP!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Failed Haiku enters the FIFTH YEAR! Thanks to all of you who submit your work, all of you who read our work around the world, and to the many ‘guest’ Editors who have allowed me to survive my weak ass Internet! Bless you, all!

We are beefing up our presence on YouTube and would be REALLY REALLY GRATEFUL if you all of you would Subscribe to our channel. You will not get emails unless you want them, but you will help us reach more folks on search engines and within YouTube who are searching for senryu.

Without further ado, Here is Issue 49 of FailedHaiku!

HOLD YOUR SUBMISSIONS! We will have TWO guest editors next month!!! Be sure to check the Submission Guides before you submit!

Again, have a great and safe NEW YEAR!


Issue 47 is UP! Haiga Competition results included!

My sincere thanks to Michael H. Lester who makes his second appearance as a ‘guest Failed Editor’. Music is a passion of mine, and this issue makes a great read! Thanks to all who made this issue a ‘walk on the wild side‘!!!


Also, the results of the Fourth Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Contest are now available in this issue. My thanks to Ron C. Moss and Steve Hodge for judging this contest and providing selections that cover the gambit for senryu based haiga. Brent Goodman, Editor of Prune Juice Journal, and I are pleased to continue this tradition.

And now, without further ado, Issue 47 of Failed Haiku! Guy Fawkes would be proud!!!



Mike Rehling