Happy New Year! The daylight hours are getting longer, our snow is finally melting, and a brave USPS Jeep just delivered Hedgerow #136, which I can’t wait to read. I don’t want to play favorites with haiku journals, but . . . it’s one of my absolute favorites. You can order copies here: https://hedgerowhaiku.com.

In other news, the submission window for Kingfisher #5 opens on February 1st! Although I’ve got a long, pre-February to-do list (some year, I really will send out holiday cards when it’s still the holiday season), I’m very excited to read a new batch of submissions. Please read and follow the submission guidelines because I’ve tweaked a few things: https://kingfisherjournal.com/submissions/ In fact, it’s a good practice to read through submission guidelines before you submit to any journal, even if you’ve been submitting to them for years, because guidelines do change, and you want editors to be judging your work on its merit, not getting put off because you haven’t followed the guidelines. This goes for everyone, new and seasoned poets alike. Just a friendly reminder.

While you’re waiting for February to roll around, there are lots of journals which are open for submissions this month. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s what I’ve got on the Submission Windows sheet that’s tacked to my bulletin board, because along with being an editor, I’m also a poet who actively submits to journals. Some are only open for part of January, others are open clear through February, and others are always open, so remember what I said about following those submission guidelines, and good luck!

And if you enjoy reading any of these journals or others, please consider subscribing or donating if you’re able. Even online journals have expenses, and don’t get me started on the ever-increasing postal rates for print journals. We editors aren’t in this business for the money, we’re in it for the love of haiku and related forms, and out of love for the community that goes with that poetry.

Not sure if your subscription to Kingfisher has expired? I’m working on a subscription renewal reminder for all 2021 subscribers who haven’t yet renewed, but in the meantime, feel free to email me at kingfisherjournal(at)gmail.com and I’ll check my spreadsheet for you. Subscriptions and sample copies of issues 2, 3, & 4 can be ordered here: https://kingfisherjournal.com/subscriptions/ Thank you! Stay safe, write lots, and be good to each other!

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