Human/Kind Journal is a topical and contemporary journal of Japanese short-forms and art that examines and reflects on the human experience, social structures, injustices, culture, current events, and history. In a world fraught with division, we've created this space to focus on our commonalities as humans and embrace our differences as individuals.
While we will be accepting several forms, our intent is for this journal to be heavy in haibun. We encourage the submission of longer works and pieces that make creative use of or push the boundaries on form.
We aim to publish Human/Kind Journal monthly. Issues will be published on this site. Periodic anthologies will be printed, based on the volume of work we receive.
What We're Looking For
Help us shed light on the important issues of today, and share personal experiences, whether they be words of testimony, reflection, or promise. We're also interested in the area where humans and the natural world meet and overlap. Not merely observations of nature, but reflections on our impact and responsibility.
We want your stories and vignettes of grief, frustration, revelation, random acts of kindness, human interest, personal struggles and victories. Give us the raw, the gritty, the hopeful, the movingly joyous and sad. We're looking for the truth about the world we live in, as told from various points of view. Make us feel. Make us think. Send us pieces that are meaningful to you.
That's not to say we want everything to be heavy. We appreciate the use of subtle humor which highlights the absurdities and contradictions in our world. We value the reachable, yet non-sentimental, the specific, the personal, the fresh.
In regards to style, we are looking for pieces that require some work on the part of the reader, to make it come full-circle; not inaccessible, but not obvious. We want to be sure that they meet the criteria of being topical, contemporary (in form or topic), fresh takes, strong/interesting juxtapositions, and being generally good poems in regards to rhythm, repeated sounds, etc.
Human/Kind Journal embraces diversity and a sense of community. We will in no way tolerate any hate speech toward any group of people or individual. Hateful material will be rejected the first time and if repeated will be sent straight to the trash bin with no response. While Human/Kind Journal focuses primarily on work in the English Language, we welcome submissions from individuals who write in a language other than, or in addition to, English. Such submissions should be accompanied by a fluent English translation, as we are unable to translate at this time. The original and the translation will be published together.
We are interested in extending this platform to individuals who are underrepresented in publishing. If you identify as such, please make a note of this in your submission. If you aren't sure if this applies to you, include personal information which you feel is important or merits weighted consideration.