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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Submitting to The Heron's Nest

I did it! I finally submitted to The Heron's Nest, a quarterly online haiku journal. I'd been meaning to submit for a couple of years now but never went ahead with it - not surprising as it's seen in New Zealand as one of the top places to have work accepted. Now that I've challenged myself to submit to a poetry competition or publication every week this year it's making me broaden my horizons and I'm loving it.

You'll find the details of how you can submit your haiku here. Don't forget to read over a couple of past issues first to get a feel of the type and standard of haiku The Heron's Nest editors are looking for.

There are a few features I really like including The Heron's Nest Readers' Choice Awards, The Heron's Nest Illustration Contest, and The Heron’s Nest Award, which is given to one haiku in each issue. The winning haiku is posted on the home page, receives special commentary, and a certificate is sent to the poet.

Add to this the fact that The Heron’s Nest brings out a print edition in April each year, which includes the contents of all four quarterly issues, and yes! This is a publication I'd love to be involved with. I'll just have to wait and see...


  1. Every week! Oh my goodness, you are very brave!


  2. Yep, I'm up to week 24 and still going strong!
    It was my way of getting back out there after being mostly absent from writing in 2010 because of my leukaemia and all its nasty treatment.
    This year, with doing the small stone month, NaHaiWriMo and NaPoWriMo I've written so much poetry that having pieces to submit hasn't been a problem.
    I'm waiting to hear back from five journals at the moment, two anthologies and four competitions - thank god for spread sheets! :)

  3. You go, girl! Hope you're feeling better these days as well.
    Best, Margaret

  4. Oops, my link didn't work right. Aargh, blogspot!

  5. Thank you, Margaret :)
    Treatment sucks, but I don't let it get me down for long. There are too many things in this world that I'm still able to enjoy!