KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Updated: 31 May 2019

Haiga: Tips for Submissions

Thanks so much for your interest in sending us haiga to consider! To give you an idea of what we hope to see from you, we offer a few examples.

But first, our publisher’s quick definition: Haiga result when poems or stories and visual artworks are blended into a single work. They are not ekphrastic (i.e., a work of literature plus the painting, photograph, etc. which inspired it), but rather the melding of two art forms that creates a third.

The literary work and visual image being combined are meant to complement one another and/or to be in juxtaposition, thus deepening the meaning of the haiga and enhancing the reader’s experience of it. In other words, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (which, in case you’re interested, is an enduring mistranslation of what Aristotle wrote in Metaphysics).

In addition, the written text in whatever form—haiku, senryu, tanka, gogyohka, cherita, monostitch, rengay, free verse, micro-fiction, etc.—should be able to stand on its own. In other words, if the visual art is needed to complete the poem or tiny story, then both the literary work and the haiga fall short of the bar.

Please take a few moments and experience a few of the fine haiga we’ve happily published here in KYSO Flash:

  • Janet Davis: ordered

  • Michel Lucas and Gary S. Rosin: Tranquility in White

  • Michael and Karen McClintock: dandelions!

  • Katherine Raine and Sheila Sondik: Plumage [unique blend of 16-line rengay and photograph]

  • Alexis Rotella: Three Haiga: Insomnia, Poetry Break, and Sunday afternoon

  • Debbie Strange: Four Haiga: in my hope chest, peeling paint, snowswept, and they called us

We hope you enjoyed these haiga, and that our brief tips have been helpful. We look forward to reading your haiga soon. (Bonus points if your work happens to address the climate crisis.) Again, thanks so much!

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