The SECOND H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest 2017!


The H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest for 2017 is just around the corner! Please READ the contest guidelines carefully, and DON’T submit until May 15th!!!


P.S. If you want to know more about Gene’s work, just read his FREE e-book, Biding Time!

Issue 17 is now UP!!!

The Seventeenth Issue of Failed Haiku is now up and ready for reading! Some inventive work, from a great group of poets.

I want to thank all the poets who contribute so regularly, and to those who are appearing for the first time. Thank you all for your continued support!



ISSUE 15 is now UP!

This is an incredible issue! I know, I know, I would say that, but this one is special. We feature a video of haiga by Kris Moon (Kondo), another wonderful contribution by Anita Virgil, and MANY MANY MANY fine poets!

Over 150 pages, and a wonderful collection of senryu in every venue!

Enjoy! I had a blast putting this issue together, and finished it about two minutes ago!!!


Minding the Store!!!

A few words, and some unabashed shilling, if you don’t mind.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!!!





Failed Haiku Issue 14 is UP!

The latest issue is now UP!!!

Please note the new ESSAY SECTION!!!!

Cast List
In order of appearance
(all work copyrighted by the authors)

Alexis Rotella
Margherita Petriccione
Jennifer Hambrick
Chris Cole
Diana Teneva
Elizabeth Crocket
Dave Read
Oscar Luparia
Garry Eaton
Pat Davis
Rachel Sutcliffe
Robyn Cairns
Ana Drobot
Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo
Maria Laura Valente
John Hawkhead
Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Jesus Chameleon
Misha Nathani
Ken Olson
Bruce Jewett
Olivier Schopfer
Nika & Jim Mckinniss
Eufemia Griffo
Margherita Petriccione
Marietta McGregor
Jan Dobb
Terri  L. French
Roberta Beary
Srinivasa Rao Sambangi
Eva Limbach
Michael Minassian
Terrie Jacks
Marilyn Ashbaugh
Ramona Linke
Thomas Tilton
David J Kelly
Christina Martin
Lynn Edge
Barbara Tate
Ernesto P. Santiago
Bryan Rickert
David Oates
Anna Cates
Debbie Strange
Gabriel Bates
Ron C. Moss and Simon Hanson
Louise Hopewell
Tsanka Shishkova
W.R. Bongcaron
Chen-ou Liu
Ian Willey
Devin Harrison
Pat Geyer
Hansha Teki
Shloka Shankar
Adjei Agyei-Baah
Pravat Kumar Padhy
Christina Sng
Peter Jastermsky
Ed Bremson
Maureen Kingston
Mark Miller
Jennifer Y. Montgomery
Vessislava Savova
Dilyana Georgieva & Vessislava Savova
Caroline Skanne
Rick Hurst
Angela Terry
Gergana Yaninska
Adrian Bouter
S.Radhamani Sarma
Radka Mindova
Elisa Allo
Rebecca Cowgill
Brad Bennett
Tim Gardiner
Ben Moeller-Gaa
Cynthia Rowe
Sharon K Young
Robert Witmer
Martha Magenta
Neha R. Krishna
Anthony Q. Rabang
Antonio Mangiameli
Madhuri Pillai
Maeve O’Sullivan
ola lindberg
Elmedin Kadric
Julie Warther
Precious Oboh
Munia Khan
Michael Stinson
Jill Lange
Poornima Laxmeshwar
Nicholas Klacsanzky
Nina Kovacic
Helen Buckingham
Kwaku Feni Adow
Antonio Mangiameli
Debbi Antebi
Ivan Gaćina
Pris Campbell
Sandi Pray
Sondra J. Byrnes
Melissa Augeri
Gail Oare
Lucia Fontana
Marianne Paul
Bruce H. Feingold
Susan Burch
Ezio Infantino
Salil Chaturvedi
Carol Raisfeld