Best of the Best 
(TANKA 2015)

our ancestral home
now in ruins
every nook
a secret pathway
into my childhood

                         by Shloka Shankar

Best of the Best 
(HAIKU 2015) 

at the beach
the umbrella

                          by Elizabeth Crocket

*2012-2013 News

Works published or forthcoming in "Frogpond", "The Temple Bell Stops:Contemporary poems of grief, loss & change.", "Fire Pearls 2", "Kamesan's World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation"


*2011-2012 News

Works published or forthcoming in "Mayfly Magazine", "Frogpond", "Moonbathing", Atlas poetica", "Anthology of Walking Haiku" "Montage: The Book", "Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine" and other Anthologies.


*2010-2011 News

Works published or forthcoming in "Mainichi Daily News", "Mayfly" issue #48 cover, "Notes from the Gean" issue #4, "Moonbathing" issue #2, "Frogpond",  "Wisteria", "Miscellany Haiku Ludbreg, (Croatia)", "Bewildering Stories","Atlas Poetica", "Chrysanthemum", "Long Story Short", "The Heron's Nest", "2010 Kaji Aso Haiku Contest", Honorable Mention, "Mayfly" and Going Down Swinging - Issue #30 and Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine.


*2009-2010 News

Award Credit: 2nd Place Winner, Penumbra Haiku Contest 2009 sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association

Award Credit: 3rd Place Winner,

International KUSAMAKURA Haiku  Competition 2009

Award Credit: Runner-up;
Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition 2009, Honorable Mention; With Words International Haiku Contest; Honorable Mention "Best of 2009 Haiku" Mainichi Daily News

PUBLISHED in "Shamrock", "Wisteria"
"Simply Haiku"; SPRING 09
Volume 7, 1, "Frogpond", "Chrysanthemum" Vol. #5, Haiku "Montage Haiku: "Juneteenth'",
"Asahi Haikuist Network" 6.19.2009, "Mainichi Daily News", JAPAN 1.26.09, 6.24.2009,
"Atlas Poetica" #4, (EPN) Electronic Poetry Network, "Magnapoets", "The Heron's Nest", "Red Lights"; "Ribbons", "Modern English Tanka"- Summer 2009;
"World Haiku Review"; "The Nor' Easter"; "Haiku Creatrix" - Issue #6.,  2009-2010Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar
; "The Smoking Poet", "The Aurorean", "Modern Haiku", "Mayfly" issue #47, "Ribbons", "Long Story Short".


About the Founding Editor:

Founder & Managing Editor: R.D. Bailey
Florida State University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English

Editor: B. Bailey is a freelance writer and retail store manager.

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"We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words."- - Kahlil Gibran   (1883-1931)

Welcome Readers and Writers:

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine was launched in April 2007 to give writers another creative venue with a specialized focus in Japanese short form poetry and short verse, so it is a pleasure to introduce our online publication. (We do not charge reading fees to submit to our E-Zine.)

Please take a while to peruse through our pages. If you enjoy your experience here at Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, nominate us for the Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers” (another online source of free information for writers). Please add “101 Best Websites” in the subject line of your email.

Our mission here at Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine is to strengthen the ties in this literary community while educating & entertaining poetry lovers and writers; worldwide. The quality of our work here can only be as great and impressionable as the content that you send to us. Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine is designed to give novice and award winning writers the opportunity to share their craft. We provide a platform for writers of any background, at any point in their literary careers, to showcase their best writing. We are planting our seeds and letting their roots grow. We know that what we do today, impacts our tomorrow. We look forward to becoming the highest paying literary publication for Japanese short form poetry. It is high time that haiku writers receive rewards of high distinction. Haiku is poetry, haiku is literature.

P.S. Did you know that February has been chosen as NaHaiWriMo!!! What's that? Its National Haiku Writing Month. Makes sense, the shortest month in the year to celebrate short, yet brilliant poetry. So celebrate! Write a haiku poem today!

Writers interested in submitting haiku, haiga, senryu, kyoka, haibun, cinquain, tan renga or tanka poetry, are encouraged to familiarize themselves as much as possible with the poetic art form and its history by reading contemporary literary journals that publish haiku, tanka and other historical content. Haiku poems are not simply words on a page that follow the 5-7-5 format. It is more dynamic than that. We encourage you to visit other great websites such as Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Atlas Poetica, Magnapoets, Chrysanthemum, Modern English Tanka and The Heron's Nest. You can also browse our website and click on our pictures to see where they take you! If you are registered with Duotrope's Digest, please don't forget to report the acceptances/rejections you receive from Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine.

All haiku and tanka poems published in Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine each year will automatically qualify our annual "Best of the Best" Poetry Award for Japanese short form poetry (Haiku & Tanka categories). Winners will be announced at the start of each new year. The prize will be $50.00 US.

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Please be sure to make note of our postal address and read our updated: Guidelines.

Our writing contests help to increase the confidence of each and every winning writer and highlight current achievements especially in Japanese short form poetry; this difficult yet remarkable literary art form. As we journey through the new year, we are looking for new writers. Some of our prize winning writers include, Andre Surridge, Paul Smith, Christopher Hayes, James Tipton, Sandra Simpson, Catherine J.S. Lee, Marek Kozubek, Ernest J. Berry, Claire Everett and Kathy L. Cobb.

We have a wealth of quality writing from new and award winning writers and we'd like to showcase your literature to help strengthen our readership as a quality publication. We welcome edgy material, we admire uniqueness and seek future contributors whose writing will represent Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine in Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards  and The Pushcart Prize Anthologies.
"When you write, be an inspiration to those who don't." - Raquel D. BAILEY

We would especially like to thank our contributing writers who donate their winnings to "Women for Women International". Upon your request, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine will donate your cash winnings to Women for Women International to help better the lives of those less fortunate. Each time you donate, your name will be published on this page for the world to see your contributions. 


Thank you to: Marek Kozubek (2) , Elizabeth Crocket (1)


A writer may be poor but his evocative, heartfelt words are rich. - Raquel D. BAILEY


I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge & guidance I have received from great writers and haiku poets like Ferris Gilli, Lenard D. Moore & Michael D. Welch. 


Raquel D. Bailey, B.A.


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