Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) is a quarterly journal published in January, April, July and October. It publishes haibun and tanka prose only. We only accept submissions sent during the following periods:
Oct 15 - Nov 30 of the previous year for the January Issue.
Jan 15 - Feb 28 for the April Issue.
April 15 - May 31 for the July Issue.
July 15 - Aug 31 for the October Issue.
All manuscripts submitted for publication will undergo a review by content editor Bob Lucky. It will take approximately a month for him to notify you whether your submission has been accepted, accepted subject to revisions, or not accepted. Please be aware that at times, our editor may be unavailable for short periods, so there could be delays in getting back to you.
Time constraints and the voluntary nature of editors' roles restrict editors from corresponding in any depth with writers whose work has not been accepted.
Submission Requirements are as follows, and all submissions are subject to them. Failure to conform to these terms will trigger an automatic rejection of your manuscript.
1) You may submit up to three pieces, in a single submission, during any one submission period.
2) You may only submit work that is not under consideration by other publications. Haibun that have been posted on closed Internet discussion forums or on personal web sites that are not publication sites will be considered, and we will also consider haibun that have been previously published elsewhere. However, when you submit such haibun you must inform us of the publication venue and date. If accepted, the haibun will be noted as previously published. Similarly, if any of the haiku included in your submission have previously been published as separate works, you must inform us of the publication venue and date for the haiku, and if your haibun is accepted the previously published haiku will be noted as such.
3) All manuscripts submitted for publication will undergo a review by content editors Bob Lucky and Lynne Rees.
4) Once a haibun is accepted, we reserve the right to publish the haibun in the next issue of CHO, and in any associated annual print or online journals or anthologies that carry haibun and/or tanka prose, e.g., Contemporary Haibun, the Red Moon Anthology. In such cases, both author and place of original publication (CHO) will be required. When a payment is offered for such publication, the payment will be directed to the writer and not to CHO.
5) CHO retains first rights. This means that if you subsequently arrange to have your haibun published elsewhere, that publication must cite CHO as the place of original publication.
6) What if you have a problem? For issues relating to the presentation of your work on the CHO pages, please contact technical editor (webmaster) Ray Rasmussen and use CHO in the subject line. For issues related to an acceptance that has not appeared or to the status of a submission, please contact content editor Bob Lucky and use CHO in the subject line.
Submission Procedures are as follows.
1) All submissions should be sent by email to content editor Bob Lucky and to technical editor Ray Rasmussen: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
2) Your subject line should contain CHO, Haibun, your name, your haibun title(s) and the date. We will not open any attachments, so paste your haibun directly into the body of the email. Also in the body of the email, please state that you accept all CHO's terms and conditions of publication. If you do not make this statement, we will assume we have your agreement.
If we publish your haibun, we will left align the prose and the poems without paragraph indentation. Please follow this format in your submissions. If you want us to make an exception, please indicate what you desire and explain your reasons. Some writers prefer not to capitalize names, titles, first words in sentences, etc. We will adhere to a writer's preferences on the page where his or her haibun appears, but the main contents page will have all names and titles capitalized in the normal way.
1) All work accepted will be copy (not content) edited. Because of the time delays caused by exchanging emails about copy editing, we will not vet the editing with the writers prior to publication. However, if upon viewing your work you disagree with the way it appears, contact Editor Bob Lucky and we will make changes deemed necessary. As for changes in content, once a piece has been accepted and formatted for the journal, we will not make accept content changes except under unusual circumstances.
2) Special Characters. It is our preference not to utilize diacritics (symbols added to letters, such as macrons and accents).There are several reasons. First, the computer language used to format web pages does not handle them well. Some browsers, for example, will show Basho as Bash� or as Bash?. In addition, it is difficult and time-consuming for the volunteer webmaster to format pages containing diacritics. Third, while such symbols represent pronunciation guides for Japanese speakers, they have little meaning for English-language speakers, most of whom will pronounce Basho the same way with or without the diacritics.