Submissions to CHO are closed between Dec 7, 2012 & Jan 1, 2013.
CHO is a quarterly journal published April, July, October and January of each year.
1. Blind Review Process
Content editors Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones independently read submissions and indicate their decision to accept or not accept. If at least one editor accepts a haibun, it will be published in cho. If two or all three editors accept a haibun, it will also be published in the yearly print issue of contemporary haibun.
2. Submission Requirements
a. You may submit up to three haibun as long as you accept all terms found on this submissions guidelines page.
b. You may submit further haibun only after you have received notice of the decision on the haibun you have submitted. In short, we prefer to be dealing with a maximum of three haibun at a time for each writer.
c. You may submit only if the haibun is not currently in submission elsewhere. We do accept haibun that have been posted on Internet forums and on personal web sites that are not publication sites.
d. We will consider haibun that have been published elsewhere, but when you submit your haibun, you must inform us of the publication venue and date. If accepted, the haibun will be noted as previously published.
e. If your haibun has not been previously published, but the haiku has, you must inform us of the publication venue and date for the haiku, and if accepted, the haiku will be noted as previously published.
f. Once a haibun has been accepted, we reserve the right to publish the haibun in any of the next three issues of cho and in the annual print journals, contemporary haibun and the Red Moon Anthology.
g. cho retains first rights, meaning that if your haibun is subsequently published elsewhere, cho must be cited as the original place of publication.
3. A. Submission Periods
The following are the best times to submit your work. However, at times, one or more editors may be away and we may ask you to resubmit your work later. It may take us 2 weeks to a month to respond to your submission.
Jan 1 - Feb 29: April Issue
April 1 - May 31: July Issue
July 1 - Aug 31: October Issue
Oct 1 - Nov 30: Jan Issue
3.B. Submission Procedure
Submissions should be sent by email to senior editor Jim Kacian and technical editor Ray Rasmussen:
Click here -> firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
It helps us considerabley if your subject line contains cho, your name, your haibun title(s) and the date. Your submission email should look as follows:
TO: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
SUBJECT: cho, your name, your haibun title, date
SUBJECT: cho submission, Barb Jones, The Valley, 6/15/09
Please place your haibun directly in the body of the email. Please do not submit PDF files or word documents.
In the body of the email, please state that you accept all terms stated on this page. If you do not make this statement, we will assume agreement.
4. Notification Timelines
It will require at least 30 days to notify you as to whether your submission has been accepted, accepted subject to revisions, or not accepted. Please be aware that at times, one or more of our editors are out of town and there could be delays in getting back to you.
5. Copy Editing & Format Issues
We routinely center all poems and left align the prose without paragraph indentation.
In your submission, please do not:
- use any special indentation of your poems unless you feel it absolutely necessary to your poetic intent.
- put in line breaks as in free verse poetry, again, unless you feel it is necessary to your poetic intent.
- indent your paragraphs
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.
Copy Editing: All work will be copy (not content) edited by a professional editor. 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 their work in an issue a writer feels in disagreement with the way his or her work appears, contact cho and we will make changes that are deemed necessary. But once a piece has been accepted and formatted for the journal, we will not make content changes except under unusual circumstances.
c. 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 html computer language used to format webpages doesn't handle them well. Some browsers, for example, will show Basho as Bashô or as Bashō, while others will substitute a "?" for the diacritic as in "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, Bashô or Bashō in the same way.
cho retains the right to republish accepted work in future issues and/or to publish it in the print journal contemporary haibun. Otherwise, the writer retains full rights to his or her haibun. However, if the haibun is published elsewhere, standard publishing procedure demands that cho be listed as the first place of publication if that is the case.
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 copy editing, please contact copy editor Joyce Hildebrand 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 Jim Kacian and use cho in the subject line.