Submissions: Word Weaving


Submissions for 2021 are CLOSED. We’ll see you in 2023!

We are a biennial journal and will publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. We would love to see your work. If accepted, we will strive to present your work in such a way as to make you proud.

We share a broad view of what makes up haiku and senryu. We are not hostile to 5-7-5 but expect to publish more poems with fewer syllables. We are open to 1, 2, & 3 lines and other configurations.

We accept submissions from May 15 through July 15 for our first October issue. There is no submission fee.

If you would like to submit your poetry for publication in this journal, please send a maximum of 3 poems written as a haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, or Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. No other forms of poetry will be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, as long as you notify us when a piece has been accepted elsewhere.

We use the syllable counter found at to verify syllable count. Please remember that we will check syllables, line counts, and rhymes. One way to check your piece is to run it through the syllable counter at because regardless of any other counter(s) that is the one we are using. We know there will be discrepancies – but it will be your challenge to fit your pieces within the parameters that we have set for our journal.

The Word Weaving editors recognize both American and European spelling. We reserve the right to correct minor spelling issues found in submitted poetry. Check the poetry samples HERE. Your poetry should resemble these forms.

Only haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga, and gogyohka are untitled. All other poetry must contain a title. Do not capitalize the first word on each line of your syllabic poetry.

Please note: Poetry submissions should only be made when submissions are open. There will be a theme announced for each submission period and your poetry should embrace this theme.

SEND to: word weaving poetry journal (at) gmail (dot) com (

Subject: SUBMISSIONS, the THEME and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  • Your first name
  • Your last name
  • Your email address
  • Your syllabic poems in one of the above forms (all 3 in one email) (they do not have to be titled if it is a characteristic of the syllabic form to not have a title).
  • Above your poem title (if there is one) please state the syllabic form that you have used for the piece.
  • Please send each poem with just one or two lines of spacing between each one in the body of your email.
  • Include the full address of your blog or website if you have one, or the full address of one of your social media outlets (only one site per submission please)
  • The name you want to appear on the copyright.
  • One sentence introducing yourself.

ONLY submit once during a reading period—up to 3 poems by one author only (including if you publish with a nom-de-plume).

We only accept poems for consideration if they are EMAILED to us at the above-mentioned address. Please DO NOT submit your poetry via the comments box or via a Facebook message or via Twitter etc.

If you submit a haiga poem: Any artwork submitted should be at least 300dpi. Only use your own original photographs or drawings to protect against copyright infringement. Please, no borders/frames and no signatures. We will print the poet’s name under the artwork.

By submitting your syllabic poetry to Word Weaving for consideration, you affirm that you are the author of the work and that you give me permission to publish your work in Word Weaving ~ A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse.

You also give us your permission to share the Word Weaving Journal on Twitter and any other social media sites that we deem as appropriate advertising in the sale of the journal.

Remember… All rights revert to the respective author/artist upon publication. Word Weaving keeps the right to republish work either digitally or in print. No work featured here may be used, copied, sold, or distributed elsewhere without the copyright holder’s permission. If your work is republished, we would appreciate a mention that Word Weaving was the first place of publication. Thank you.

We do not send out rejections. You will only hear from us if we have selected your work for publication. We store submissions for two months unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from publishing your poem on your blog or other social media outlets until you have heard from us.

Work previously published on social media is not permitted. Please only submit your original work to us.

If we accept your work, it will appear in our print and ebook journal published on In each issue, we will feature a “best of issue” poem which wins the author a free ebook copy of the journal their piece appeared in.


Colleen M. Chesebro & Jules Paige

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