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Monday, March 21, 2011

Submitting to Haiku Presence

Presence is Britain's leading independent haiku journal, edited by Martin Lucas since 1996.

Presence is a haiku magazine, specialising in publishing high quality haiku, senryu, tanka, renku and related poetry. It appears 3 times per year. Each issue is typically 52–60 A5 pages, and contains original artwork, haibun (haiku prose), articles on haiku practice, news of haiku events and book reviews in addition to the poetry. We welcome submissions from experienced and novice haiku writers alike.

Martin holds a PhD from Cardiff University for his study of haiku as creative writing. I find this seriously inspiring as I look towards my dream of doing an MFA Creative Writing in the coming years.

Martin won first prize last year in the Katikati Haiku Contest, where I received third prize with:

he leaves in an ambulance -
the chrysanthemum buds
closed tight

I was honoured to be in the top three with him. Martin is a great editor to work with, always replying quickly to questions and submissions. Read the full submission guidelines here and subscription information here.

I had one haiku and four tanka accepted for the next issue #44, out May 2011. This was my submission for week 8 of 2011, towards my goal of submitting to at least one poetry competition or journal each week for 2011.

Presence #40 (January, 2010)

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