In the Traditional Haiga section we've just published another painting by resident artist Mary Rodning. The deadline for submissions to poem it is 1 December 2013. Include "Haiku this Haiga March 2014" in your subject line and email it to me, Linda, at


If your poem is chosen, it will be translated into Japanese by Hiromi Inoue and rendered in calligraphy by Shisen. Jasminka will make the haiga, and Seisoi will compose bamboo flute music to accompany it. The completed haiga will be featured in our March 2014 issue.


A common misconception among people who don't know much about haiku is that haiku are nature poems. Not exactly—haiku are about the seasons, and as those of us who participate regularly in the online haiku community may have noticed, haiku that feature or include human beings in some way are quite common if not even more numerous than the purely "nature" subject matter. Festivals are how we mark the eternal changing of the seasons, so with our next issue we'd like to explor the many ways our communities around the world celebrate the coming of Spring.

Please create your haiku about a Spring festival that is celebrated in your part of the world. For those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere, apologies—I know this means writing out of season for you, but bear with us. I'm hoping you will take the opportunity to show us the uniqueness of your own experienceo of the spring season.

Entries are due by 30 January 2014. Put "Haigaonline Moon Challenge" in your subject header, and email them to me, the editor, paplinda@yahoo.com.


All submissions to our Haiku this Haiga and Haiga Challenge features must be the work of the submitting author/artist, unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This includes not only publication in online and print journals but also works displayed where others can access them on personal web pages, online photo albums, blogs, and at online workshop groups and forums.

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