Submission Guidelines:
One-Line Haiku Anthology

Snapshot Press invites open submissions of one-line haiku (also known as “monostich haiku”, “monoku” or simply “one-liners”) for the first tradition-spanning anthology of one-line haiku in English. Edited by John Barlow, the anthology will consider the conventions and history of one-line haiku in English, tracing the tradition from its beginnings in the 1960s and 1970s and celebrating the popularity of the form in the 1980s and its resurgence in the early years of the twenty-first century.

All schools of haiku will be considered. Please follow the links below (or see the text opposite) for details on how to submit your work for consideration for this anthology.

Please note that submissions not complying with these guidelines unfortunately can not be considered and will not receive a response. Familiarity with our list is advisable for any author seeking publication.

When To Submit

Submissions for this anthology are now closed.

Personal invitations to submit may be extended in exceptional circumstances.

Please submit on one occasion only and do not send revisions or addendums to your submission unless invited to do so.

Hard copies of collections may be sent at any time and need not form part of your one-off submission.

If you have any queries regarding the anthology or your submission please contact us prior to submitting.

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What and How To Submit

You are invited to submit up to 50 published one-line haiku. These may be either collected (i.e. work that has appeared in one of your published collections) or uncollected (i.e. work that has appeared in print or online but not in one of your collections).

This one-off submission may be supplemented by any number of collected haiku providing these are submitted in their collected form (i.e. the book itself, or a facsimile copy).

All haiku must be your own original work* in the English-language and be presented in one standard line of text in English.

(*If you are an agent or literary executor submitting work on behalf of a living or deceased poet please state this clearly in your submission.)

Please do not send unpublished haiku (including work that is forthcoming in 2014) or haiku revised from their published form as they will not be considered for the anthology and your submission will be discarded. (For example, please do not send haiku published in three-lines as one-line versions, or one-line haiku revised since publication, unless they have subsequently been published in their submitted form.)

The publication credit(s) for each haiku should immediately follow the haiku. Please do not provide a full publication history. We are only interested in the first place of publication and any subsequent appearances in personal collections. Reprints in anthologies etc. need not be noted.

The form of credits should be as follows:

Journal name Issue, Year of publication
e.g. Modern Haiku 42.3, 2011

Anthology title (Publisher, Year of publication)
e.g. The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English (Simon & Schuster, 1986)

Contest title and Year, Placing
e.g. Haiku Society of America Harold G. Henderson Award 1979, Honorable Mention

Collection title (Publisher, Year of publication)
e.g. Water Lines (Snapshot Press, 2006)

Credits for online sources should note the specific URL and the date of publication.

As far as can be ascertained, please submit your work in chronological order of publication. Particular editorial attention will be given to earliest successful attempts in the form. Beyond that, as the anthology will be highly selective please submit what you consider to be your very best work.

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Where To Submit

Submissions may be sent by email to submissions AT with "One-Line Haiku Anthology" in the subject line. (This will happen automatically if you click on the email link above.)

Alternatively they may be sent by mail to:
Snapshot Press, Orchard House, High Lane, Ormskirk, L40 7SL, United Kingdom.
Postal submissions must be accompanied by 2 SAEs (+ 4 IRCs internationally) or include your email address in order that we can acknowledge receipt and send a response.

If you are able to, please also submit collected work in its collected form (i.e. the book itself, or a facsimile copy). Collections will be used to inform the discussion of the tradition of one-line haiku in English where appropriate and then retained in the press library for potential use as a research source for other anthologies.

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There is no submission fee. Copyright will at all times remain with the author or their accredited agent. Submission to this anthology implies permission that the work submitted may be reprinted with non-exclusive world rights in the first and any subsequent editions in any format, including hardback, paperback and ebook. Please ensure that you have gained any necessary permissions from any rights holders for work to be included in the anthology before making your submission. If copyright or any other rights should be noted to anyone other than yourself please note this in your submission. We regret that due to the large scale of this project and the very considerable investment in its compilation and publication no payment or royalty contribution can be made to contributors or any other party for inclusion in the anthology in its first or any subsequent edition. However, contributors will be eligible to order copies of the first edition/first printing, should they wish to do so, at a discounted price. Publication is anticipated in autumn 2014, but neither the publication date or the date of response to your submission can be guaranteed at this stage. Please note that we are unable to return any submissions, regardless of whether work is accepted or not. Please ensure you keep copies of your work. Submission to this anthology is deemed to be acceptance of these terms.

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The Editor

John Barlow is a poet, editor and publisher. Described by Haiku North America as one “of the best haiku poets writing in English”, his book Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku, written and compiled with Matthew Paul, was one of The Guardianís ‘Best Nature Books’ of 2008. His one-line haiku have been published widely to critical acclaim and have received numerous awards, including First Prize in the Haiku Presence Award in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He founded Snapshot Press in 1997, initially as a haiku press, and haiku books he has edited have been honoured by the Haiku Society of America and The Poetry Society of America. An Associate of The Haiku Foundation, he co-edited The New Haiku (2002) with Martin Lucas, served on the editorial board for The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku from 2007 to 2010, and has given presentations on haiku at a diverse range of events and venues, from music and literature festivals to the University of Oxford.

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