Issue 36 is a milestone in many ways. I never expected to get this far. 24 issues of ShortStuff 17 years ago, and now Failed Haiku Issue 36. About a dozen other publications too in between, so although I may not be famous for my own poems I hope that I get some credit for promoting the poems of others. I want to thank every poet who has submitted their work to me. I hope I have lived up to your expectations. I have enjoyed reading the work of so many fine poets, and it is humbling to think you would trust me with your poems. THANKS!!!
This issue has some surprises like they all do, there are a couple of dozen ‘stunners’ in this one. I hope you enjoy it as much I did putting it together for you.
Next month will be a RETROSPECTIVE ISSUE, so hold your submissions for now. My Internet still sucks, and hope is that by this time next year we will have the issues solved with a new system. I will do a much better job of letting people know what is happening this year. But I will still have to leave the house to do much of the work on the site.
This month I am playing ‘Failed Editor’ again and will be enjoying it. No restrictions. BUT, I will have a hard close of the 25th!
The old man is back in the saddle!
My sincere thanks to Roberta Beary for being the ‘failed editor’ of this issue! There are some wonderful haibun in this issue by some of my favorite poets! Please pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and prepare to enjoy…
Next month is another ‘special’ month, so please HOLD your submissions!!!
This issue, guest edited by Shloka Shankar, is now up for your viewing!!! There are 47 haiga by some astoundingly good haijin! I am so impressed that Shloka could FAIL so superbly! She has taken failure to a whole new level. Sincerely thank her for find job editing FH this month. And keep your eyes on SONIC BOOM also!
NEXT month the Guest Editor will be Roberta Beary, and the focus of the issue will be HAIBUN! I will be posting the submission guides in a few days, please WAIT before submitting.
Peace and good reading…
Well, I have set up the submission times and general plans for 2018 for Failed Haiku. The calendar is here: 2018 Submission Calendar. You might want to bookmark it!
Submission for the February issue will be ‘by invitation’ only. I will be doing some picks from past issues, as well as featuring a few of our submitters directly. I simply need to slow down right now, and I am sorry if this disappoints anyone.
The FULL ISSUES will the April, June, August, and November issues. That means open submissions will be in March, May, July, and October. We will feed the beast for those issues.
Three issues will be done by ‘Guest Editors’, and you will have to pay attention to their individual submission guides. You should likely sign up for our monthly emails, and I will keep you posted in your Inbox, as well as on this site.