Bones - a journal for contemporary haiku

What are we looking for:

Contemporary haiku written from, within, for the 21st century and based in/sprung from the haijin's cultural, linguistic and historic reality.

Haiku that takes the language seriously enough to be willing to blow it apart from the inside in order to show/discover/reveal new meanings and echoes.

Haiku that stands on the firm ground of tradition but has internalized it and is now written for today and the future.

Exploitative haiku. Connective haiku. In the West haiku can be fruitfully pollinated by what is called fragmentary poetry/short poetry/micro poetry.

We are constantly asking the question: what is haiku in the 21st century and what can it become if it's not to fall in with the carpet and be a neat little thing you do with your left hand and read on get-well-cards? ... if it's not to repeat the already repeated stuff.

Single haiku & serial haiku.

Haiku that dares claim its own language, imagery, space and now.

Experiments of every kind.

Surreal haiku.

Fantastic haiku.

Conceptual haiku in both form and content.

Published/not published:

We do not accept previously published work(s).

We consider works having been through an editorial process (by someone else than the author him/herself) as published. Works published on social media or private blogs are not considered published.

We don't accept work under consideration elsewhere.

All works must original.

We advice any new submitters to read a few issues of the journal to get acquainted with what kind of haiku/writing BONES is all about.

DON'T send your bio. IF you have read any of the previous issues you will see we focus on the poem rather than the poet. We are not interested in where you have been published, of past merits. What counts is the work you send us. (and we don't care how many cats you have or what odd dietary plan you cling to).

Keep your submission simple!!!

Send a maximum of 5 single haiku and/or 1 series/sequence of maximum 8 haiku.

Submission deadlines are

January 15 - February 15 for the March 15 issue

May 15 – June 15 for the July 15 issue

September 15 - October 15 for the November 15 issue

Submissions won't be read outside these periods neither will poems submitted outside these periods be kept for inclusion in the reading for forthcoming issues.

Submissions: submission (at) bonesjournal (dot) com

with "Submission to bones" in the subject line

We accept haiku only

Please include the works and yur name in the body of the email AND as an attached file
(we take doc, docx, rtf - please avoid sending "pages" files (Mac).)

IF you use an email adress that doesn't include your name, be sure
to write that address in the attached document.


We welcome essays/articles/papers on new haiku. These will be published in a separate section and can be submitted and published at any time i.e. they will not be part of/included in the "Bones" bi-annual issues themselves but will be on this site for general reading.

Copyright etc.:

All rights remains with the author(s).


Melissa Allen

Aditya Bahl

Johannes S. H. Bjerg


Previous co-editors

Alan Summers (-> no 6)

Sheila Windsor (nos 0.1 and 1)