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 via the submissions form, and during the time the link is open. The link will be displayed for three weeks during March/April and September. Journal publication will start in July and January.
A link to a submission form will be available from this page.
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 Haiku must be your own original work, unpublished (in print or online, in forums or blogs, Facebook pages and groups etc) and not under consideration elsewhere.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.
Echidna Tracks Issue 11: Elements
For Echidna Tracks Issue 11 we invite your best and previously unpublished haiku and senryu on the theme of Elements. Whether you are drawn to the ancient categories of Earth, Air, Fire and Water or are more at home with chemistry and current ideas in physics and cosmology; our theme deals with nature in the raw, the fundamentals of existence. Stone, soil, sea, wind and sky come to mind, as do energy, light, matter, electricity, space and time. Perhaps your world is an enchanted one; animated by spirit and containing magical and miraculous elements. You might also be open to the idea that the universe is composed of mind stuff, the stuff of which dreams are made, or is it all a mystery beyond words (though as aspiring poets we shall try). There is scope here to explore our place as thinking, feeling and social beings immersed in immensities and carried along in the flux of it all; the possibilities are endless and go to the heart of haiku. Take us into the heart of your universe, share your visions and wonder – leave us adazzle, quietly reflective and moved in one way or another…
Submissions for Echidna Tracks Issue 11: Elements have now closed.