Anybody can submit work that is relevant to Australia – but, as this is a website for the collection of Australian haiku, the work we are looking for will come out of an authentic experience of either living in or visiting Australia. Unfortunately, where we cannot verify an Australian connection, we cannot consider your submission. See About Echidna Tracks
Submissions will only be received during the months of April and October.
A link to a submission form will be available from this page during those months.
We sometimes publish haiku with an accompanying image, at the discretion of the editors. Images are a response to the haiku; they are not intended to be haiga. If you do not wish your haiku to be accompanied by an image, please indicate this when you make your submission.
You are invited to submit up to five (5) haiku in one submission on the topic advertised. Haiku must be your own original work, unpublished (in print or online, in forums or blogs, Facebook pages and groups etc) and not under consideration elsewhere.
Make only one submission, containing all the haiku you are submitting.
Include your name and country of residence. If you are not currently living in Australia, let us know your connection. Unfortunately, where we cannot verify an Australian connection we cannot consider your submission.
Poets will be notified of acceptances (only) within three weeks of the closing date for submissions. If you have not heard from us by then, you may consider your work free to send elsewhere.
Selected haiku will be posted on the website individually over the following months—so keep checking in to enjoy the work of others and to see when your selection appears. If you ‘follow’ the website by email, you will receive a notification when each new haiku is posted.
For Echidna Tracks Issue 10 we invite your best and previously unpublished haiku and senryu on the theme of Relationships. The topic is a broad one and may focus upon relationships of any kind, whether of family, friends, partners, plants, pets, sentimental objects, special places, ancestors, the cosmos or the divine… Some of us have interesting attachments to work, sport, television, chocolate, addictions and even cars which may entail a kind of relationship. There is scope here to explore psychological, emotional and personal connections or a want of them in their various array, albeit joyful, painful, ecstatic, erotic, exasperating, fulfilling, fun or humorous. The theme requires more than merely mentioning the ‘object’ of your relationship, we want your haiku or senryu to reveal something of the quality of that relationship; it is the nature of the connection that is central here, what goes on in the space between self and other – make it alive for us, give us a window into the experiential tone of that relationship, help us to feel what you mean…
Submissions for Issue 10 of Echidna Tracks have now closed.