Submissions will be read during January/February and July/August only.

Original unpublished haiku not under consideration elsewhere are welcome. Please send submissions of 5-15 (or more!) poems at a time. Posting to private, online mailing lists and workshops is not considered prior publication; however, appearance in an edited online journal or a public forum, or posting on Twitter, Facebook or a personal blog, renders a poem ineligible for submission. All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.

Acorn publishes in April and October. Submissions will be read in January and February for the Spring issue and in July and August for the Fall issue. Submissions received prior to that time will be returned unread.

Email submissions are encouraged. Type “Acorn” in the subject line, and include your complete address in the message. Please type your haiku in the body of the email, formatted as plain text. Attachments will not be opened. Send email submissions to

Postal submissions will be given equal consideration and should be sent to: Acorn, Susan Antolin, Editor, 115 Conifer Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. All postal mail submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) or $2 US.

Due to the high number of submissions, we ask that you only submit once per reading period. 

Authors who have not previously published in a specialized haiku journal, or are new to the genre generally, may want to consult the following introductory essay, “Contemporary Haiku: Origins and New Directions,” which gives some ideas of our editorial outlook: (by A.C. Missias). Sample poems from recent issues are also displayed on this website.

Our apologies: Due to substantial increases in printing costs and postal rates, effective with the Fall 2009 issue there will no longer be contributors’ fees paid.

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