Dear Haiku Maven, I often hear about haiku contests after the deadline has passed. I find out about calls for submissions once the new journal or anthology is published. I don’t know why but I feel when it comes to these things I am on the outside looking in. I feel as if haiku poets are not willing to share what they know about important contests and journals with me. It’s a little like being back in school, only now it is the popular haiku poets who won’t open the gates and let me in.
Signed, Haiku Outsider
Dear Haiku Outsider, Haiku Maven does not believe that you are being deliberately excluded from hearing about these new anthology calls for submissions or contest deadlines. Many times a local haiku group will post notices of these events to its members. There are also online resources which provide regular updates about new contests and calls for submissions. Other times the burden is on the haiku poet to learn about these upcoming events. The Haiku Foundation has its own excellent resource on contests and other events in two separate calendar listings which can be found at Event Calendars. The first is all-encompassing and is a “Calendar of Conference Dates, Contest Entry, Publication Submittal, and Other Deadlines,” while the second is limited to a “Calendar of Contest Entry Deadlines.” Some haiku poets are happy to share information about new contests, upcoming journal deadlines and calls for new anthology submissions. Others do not share this information, whether from a desire to keep down the number of competing submissions or because it does not occur to them to pass along the news to other poets. Haiku Maven suggests that you follow the concept of “pay it forward” by letting other poets know about any contest deadlines or anthology submissions that come your way. Eventually you will be on the receiving end from others who do the same.
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