Although this is old news by now, I realized today that I never officially announced it on here on the blog aside from including it my news page with the publications at the beginning of last month.
A Hundred Gourds is a journal that I have admired since its beginning, and have been incredibly fond of the editorial team. Over the summer, I was informed that Melinda Hipple, one of the founders, was stepping down from her position as haiga editor to pursue the next adventure in life. Some things happened and one thing led to the next, and eventually it was decided that starting with issue 2.2 in March, I will be editing the haiga section of A Hundred Gourds. My first issue will be in March, but the submissions period is now.
From September 15th to December 15th is the submissions window for issue 2.2. You can look on the submissions page for more information. I’ve also included my little spiel below. Hope to see some of your work!
On the most fundamental level, I consider haiga to be the combination of an image and short poem. However, the poem should not explain the picture or vice versa. Rather, the poem should expand upon what’s presented in the image and vice versa. This expansion may play off an emotion, theme, or detail that’s presented in either or both the image and poem; the image/poem may also alter the audience’s perception of the poem/image. The best haiga do not always have an obvious connection between the poem or image, but resonate and create an experience that would not be possible by the poem or image alone—the two art forms come together to create something new when put together that would not exist otherwise. That being said, both the poem and image must be well crafted and be able to carry their own weight.
I accept the combination of image and haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, and short haibun. Play is an important part of haikai to me, so I strongly encourage the use of all mediums for artwork including, but not limited to: photography, brushwork, collage (digital and handmade), pencil/ink sketches, and computer graphics. Please do not send haiga made with stock and/or creative commons images.
Haiga images must be JPEG/JPG format with a maximum height/width of 750 pixels including any decorative borders and a minimum height/width of 600 pixels. Include your signature as part of the artwork itself. Please make sure the text within the graphics is readable, and keep in mind we may resize images when necessary to fit our format. If a haiga is a collaboration, both parties must give permission to publish and include name and contact information.
13 thoughts on “A Hundred Gourds Haiga Editorship”
Hi, Aubrie, My life has been turned upside down of late. But I promised Michael Dylan Welch I’d do the prompts for NAHAIWRIMO for the month of November. I’m hoping against all hope that I’ll be able to fulfil that and by the end of November have some idea what will have become of me.
I’m certainly hoping to do more with photography haiga since I’ve found that through this turmoil it has been so valuable in keeping me in touch with reality as I make my way through all the chaos raging around me. Slowly but surely I’m hoping that this will all spiral to a conclusion that will have a strong foundation for my life. In any event that’s the hope I cling to at this time.
So you are definately on my top priority… because play and finding the jewel in the day are the top of my priority and that makes pretty good haiga most of the time.
YAY WORDS! I wish you all success, but most of all I wish you enjoyment in this project. con afeccion, Merrill
Aye, yes, I know what you mean. I feel like these fall months are coming in by storm. It’s during these times that art serves to be a safe haven. I hope you’ll send me something come December, but don’t force it!
WOW, Aubrie! Congrats!!! I hope I can compose one worthy of your page. Thanks for this great news!
Thanks, Alee! Hope to see some of your stuff come deadline time.
Congrats Aubrie. As an editor I can tell you it’s hard work. Enjoy! 🙂
Yes, it is, but it’s so rewarding. I’ve been away from any formal editorial positions for a while, so it’s great to get back to it!
Congratulations again, Aubrie. I’ll be posting this wonderful news on my blog with hopes of encouraging some poets to submit to A Hundred Gourds. I’ll try to send you a couple of haiga your way before the deadline 🙂
Thanks, Chrissi! I appreciate you spreading the word. A Hundred Gourds could always use more subs!
Congrats, Aubrie! That’s wonderful! I was not aware of this.Hope i can send something to you.
Thanks, Sanjuktaa! No pressure, of course, but would love to see as much work from a variety of people as possible!
Congratulations! I’m taking a look at the guidelines. The whole journal, in fact!
Great! If you’re not familiar with the journal, I highly recommend browsing the back issues. Chock full of amazing work.
Dear Aubrie, Wonderful news and congratulations! Ellen