Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Butterfly Dream: Call for Haiku Submissions

A haiku or a tanka without "rhetoric" was likely to be no more  than a brief observation without poetic tension or illumination.

-- Donald Keene, The Winter Sun Shines in: A Life of Masaoka Shiki, p 57.

Send your best published haiku (please provide publication credits) or new work and a bio sketch (50 words max.) with the subject heading "Published or Unpublished Haiku, Your Name, Submitted Date" to Chen-ou Liu  via email at neverendingstory_haiku(at)  And place your haiku directly in the body of the email. DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS.

No more than twenty haiku per submission and no simultaneous submissions. And please wait for at least three months for another new submission. Deadline: December 1, December 31, 2015.

Please note that only those whose haiku are selected for publication will be notified within three weeks, and that no other notification will be sent out, so your works are automatically freed up after three weeks to submit elsewhere.

The accepted haiku will be translated into Chinese and posted on NeverEnding Story and Twitter (You are welcome to follow me on NeverEnding Story,, or on Twitter at @storyhaikutanka). The best 66 haiku will be included in the anthology, which is scheduled to be published in July of 2016, and the poet whose poem is chosen as the best haiku of the year will be given a 3-page space to feature the haiku of his/her choice. Each poet in the anthology  will receive a copy of the e-book edition.


  1. The proximity of 'blanket' and 'headstone' is striking, suggesting the layer of blossom is keeping the deceased warm in the afterlife. Beautiful.


  2. Hi! Marion:

    You've posted in the wrong place. I'll copy your comment and post it in the comment section of "Butterfly Dream: Headstone Haiku by Nancy Nitrio"


  3. Oops - I've only just seen this now, Chen-ou. Apologies, I obviously wasn't concentrating when I posted that! :)