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Shamrock Haiku Journal

Submission Guidelines
for Shamrock Haiku Journal

Please read the following information carefully.

We regret that we can't review any submissions that fail to follow these guidelines.


Shamrock seeks: haiku, senryu and haibun. We will consider haiku-related essays for our thematic issues. On rare occasions, very short (less than ten) single author haiku or senryu sequences will be considered.


Shamrock does not consider for publication: pseudohaiku, tanka, renga/renku or any other linked forms.

We do not review unsolicited haiku collections or chapbook manuscripts, so please inquire before sending us review copies.


Please create an account on Green Submissions and use Submission Manager to send us your haiku. If you experience any difficulties with Submission manager, please let us know.

Please type your poems ONE UNDER ANOTHER, with a noticeable interval between them, in the body of your cover letter. Please DO NOT submit each poem separately; if we receive ten submissions each containing one poem we'll only read the first. If you feel you must send your submission as a file, please make sure it is a .doc or an .rtf file. We do not recommend sending us .docx files because most of them get corrupted on the way.

On all submissions, please include a short biographical note and indicate your geographic location.

Haiku/senryu: Shamrock will consider haiku/senryu of any school written in English.

We do not regard the 5-7-5 haiku model as essential. To get an idea of what is fit for Shamrock, please visit our Haiku Guidelines page

Please send us up to 10 haiku/senryu, or one haibun, at a time for consideration. All haiku/senryu/haibun must be unpublished original work of the author. We do accept translations if the name of the translator is included. We occasionally assist in editing the English translations of selected haiku/senryu. We do not accept work that is under consideration elsewhere, or has appeared in chapbooks, magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, discussion boards, festival programs, leaflets, etc. Double submission of work to Shamrock and to another magazine, or a contest, is not allowed.

Please DO NOT submit your material more than once during a year.
Please DO NOT submit more than once for the same issue.
We do not publish the same writer more than once a year, and never in consecutive issues.

We normally don't publish more than 5 to 6 poems per poet per issue except in cases of a linked poem or a sequence.

Shamrock is a web journal that comes out twice per year, in early March and in early September (in 2017, we will still publish the last issue of the year in early October, the deadline for it being 30th September). The deadlines for these issues are 28th February and 31st August. Submissions are accepted at any time except the Christmas period and a few days when a new issue is in preparation. Please note that if we do a thematic issue, publication of any accepted material may be delayed. We are unable to enter into any kind of correspondence regarding any of our editorial decisions.

If your work is included in Shamrock, please credit the journal as Shamrock or Shamrock Haiku Journal. Thank you in advance.

All contents are copyright by the indicated poets/artists. All rights revert to the authors and artists upon publication in Shamrock.


Shamrock does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published work. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Shamrock reserves the right to post any accepted work on its web page or in a printed edition of the magazine.

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