Acorn: a Journal of Contemporary Haiku

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Representative Authors: 
Among the authors who have published in Acorn are many of the most prominent poets writing haiku in English today: Carolyn Hall, Fay Aoyagi, Roberta Beary, Anita Virgil, George Swede, Bruce Ross, Alan Pizzarelli, Francine Banwarth, Michele Root-Bernstein, paul m., John Barlow, Michael Dylan Welch, Melissa Allen, Alan Summers, and many more.
Reading Periods: 
Jan 1 to Mar 1
Jul 1 to Sep 1
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
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Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Between 5 and 15 are new authors in each issue
No payment
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
$10 per issue within the U.S. (see website for prices for Canada and overseas).
Subscription Price: 
$16 for a one-year subscription within the U.S.; $30 for a two-year subscription. (prices for Canada and overseas subscriptions on the website). PayPal accepted in U.S. currency only.
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Acorn is a biannual journal dedicated to publishing the best of contemporary English-language haiku. In particular, it showcases the individual poem and the ability of haiku to reveal the extraordinary moments found in everyday life.

Tips From the Editor

Do not want epigrams, musings, overt emotion poured into 17 syllables, science fiction, political commentary, strong puns or raunchy humor. A 5-7-5 syllable count is not necessary or encouraged. Preferred length is 1-5 lines, 17 or fewer syllables.

Contact Information

Susan Antolin, Editor
115 Conifer Lane
Walnut Creek
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Last updated: Jan 31, 2023