See our SPECIAL ISSUE page for instructions. ONLY found poems will be considered during these months and specific challenges will change from period to period.
FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS, SEE BELOW:
What To Send
Senryu and/or haiku which feature a human element or point of view: submit 5-10. We accept sequences of senryu/haiku as well. Submit 2-4. Includes parallel and mixed formats. Editors: Aparna Pathak & Shloka Shankar.
Tanka and/or cherita: submit 5-10. Editor: Shloka Shankar & Robin Anna Smith.
Visual Art (haiga, shahai, art and/or photos): submit 5-10 in high resolution (600 dpi). Note: Please include credits for both the image and poem in hybrid forms. Editors: Shloka Shankar & Robin Anna Smith.
Haibun / tanka prose / cherita prose: submit 2-3. Please keep total word count under 2000 words. We do welcome and encourage longer pieces and works that make creative use of, or push the boundaries on, form (fiction, alternate layouts, prose poetry + haiku hybrid, etc). If you have something spectacular that exceeds the word count, please send it along singly. Please note whether your story is fiction or non-fiction, for the purposes of selection and award-nomination. Editors: Christine Taylor & Robin Anna Smith.
Experimental works: submit 1-4. Pieces that don't fit neatly into one of the above categories but include haiku or one of the other above short-forms. Think of varied format, concrete, split sequences, parallels, visual poems, found poems, collage, etc. Editors: Team.
Please send only one submission per period. Any combination of the above is acceptable. PLEASE KEEP TOTAL PIECES TO 10 OR LESS. If you send more than 10 pieces, only the first 10 will be considered.
We accept and encourage collaborative work, submitted with the approval of all involved parties.
All submissions must be unpublished, unless by solicitation.This includes social media, blogs, and group workshops.
No simultaneous submissions, please. We aim to respond within 4 weeks.
You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt for your submission. You will receive a second notice after we have made a decision on your work. If we decline your submission, please do submit again, and always send your best, most relevant work.
Have a great idea for a feature you'd like to pitch? Send us an email. We'd love to hear your thoughts!
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 make sure they meet the criteria of being topical, contemporary (in form and/or topic), fresh takes, strong/interesting juxtapositions, and of being generally good poems in regards to rhythm, repeated sounds, etc. Topically, we want to push the boundaries of these forms. Sociopolitical subject matter and news article responses are welcomed (please include a link to the article in this case).
For visual art, we like street photography, candid portraits, altered photos, collage, modern and post-modern works.
How To Send It
Submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email subject should read: "SUBMISSION - Type (haibun, experimental, etc) - Your Name."
If submitting to multiple categories, please put them all in the same email and label appropriately. Do adhere to the 10 piece maximum total per period.
Please paste your text submission directly into your email or attach photos/art as high-resolution JPEG files (.jpg). If your work requires special formatting, attach as a Word Document (.doc or .docx). Please name your files with your full name and the title: "LastFirst_Title.extension." (The extension is the file format, i.e.: .jpg, .doc, or .docx.)
Please include: your full name as you would like it to appear, your location, and a brief bio (under 50 words). In your bio, you may include your preferred pronouns, links to your website and public social media accounts, personal information, and/or publications; we'd like to get to know you!
We respect that some may wish to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of some work. If this pertains to you, please clearly state this in your submission so that we are able to protect your privacy. For our records and copyright concerns, please still include your name and location. The same goes for pen names.
DO NOT SEND
Anything that is objectifying, racist, sexist, ableist, xenophobic, classist, intimidating or disparaging. Anything that falls into this category of material will be rejected the first time and if repeated will be sent straight to the trash bin with no response.
Submission Windows & Publication Schedule
UPDATE: Submissions will be read each month, from the 7th to the 17th (midnight EST/-5 GMT) and published on the 7th of the following month.
Three times a year (February, June, and October), when our sister pub, Sonic Boom, is taking submissions, we are going to do a special themed issue. Please see the submission guidelines for Special Issues.
Please refrain from sending your work outside of the noted submission periods. It will result in your submission being declined, unread.
By submitting, you grant Human/Kind Journal rights to publish your work digitally, in print, and online. No work will be otherwise copied, distributed, or sold without the copyright holder's permission.
Following your publication in Human/Kind Journal, all rights revert to the creator. In cases where your work may be reprinted elsewhere, we request first-publication credits. We also request a 30-day period between our publication of your work and any reprints. Submitting to Human/Kind Journal is considered agreement to these terms.