Sunday, 3 August 2014

Call for Submissions


The submission window for the first issue of Frozen Butterfly is now open and will remain open until the 1st of September. All styles of English-Language haiku will be considered for publication. I am looking to showcase a number of different approaches to English-Language haiku composition. This will play an integral part in the selection process, so make sure that you take that into account when choosing what to submit to Frozen Butterfly.

Submission: Send up to three unpublished haiku in the body of an email along with your name and place of residence as you wish them to appear in the journal to Your submission must be identified as ‘FB SUBMISSION’. Only send one submission during each submission window.

Payments: Unfortunately there is no payment at this time for contributors. The ability to pay contributors will be regularly assessed.

Rights: Upon publication, rights revert to the author except that Frozen Butterfly reserves the right to republish work that has appeared in the journal, with proper citation, in any future print or electronic collections, compendiums, or anthologies. If any author wishes to republish their work, Frozen Butterfly requests the courtesy of being acknowledged as the first place of publication with proper citation.

Schedule: Frozen Butterfly is a biannual publication. It will be published on the 1st of October and the 1st of April. Submissions can be sent from the 1st of August until the 1st of September, and from the 1st of February until the 1st of March. Any submissions sent outside of these windows will be returned unread.

Author obligations: If you have work accepted for Frozen Butterfly you will be required to provide a photo of yourself and two voice recordings in a WAV or MP3 format. The first voice recording should be a single reading of your poem performed by yourself; the second should be a simple statement of your name and place of residence. These photos and recordings will appear alongside your haiku in the journal.

Editorial declaration: If you choose to send your work to Frozen Butterfly, it is assumed that you have read and understood all of the above, and that you are able and willing to fulfil your obligations as a contributor.


  1. John,
    Hi. Will you be making video haiga from accepted haiku? Will you be accepting submissions of video haiga in the future? I am interested in the description of the journal as "the first English-Language haiku video journal." Sounds fascinating!

    1. Hi Eric, thank you for your interest in Frozen Butterfly.

      The plan for the first issue is to present the haiku on a plain background, with each poet being assigned a different colour background and text. The poems will appear as though they are being typed out as you watch the video.

      The submissions of video haiga would certainly reduce my workload in producing an issue, but I am wary of excluding potential contributors who may not be able to produce their own videos. For that reason I'll say no to the submissions of video haiga, but this stance may change if I get enough people expressing an interest in sending in their own video haiga.