Editor's Choice Award for Haiku

"silent night"

                   by Michelle T Simon

Quick Updates from the Founding Editor:

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

2020 Update:

Work published or forthcoming in: 

Haiku Page 10; Modern Haiku;

The Haiku Hecameron: Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19;

Burning Jade Literary & Arts Magazine;
Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine;

The Signature Haiku Anthology: Including Senryu and Tanka;

Sublunary Review; Kingfisher Journal; Morepork Press; Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:1; 
Atlas Poetica 40: A Journal of World Tanka

2019 Update:

2019 Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest Winner (First Place)

Award Credit: 2nd Place Winner, 
International KUSAMAKURA Haiku  Competition 2019

Work published or forthcoming in: 

The Art of Reading & Writing Haiku:
A Reader Response Approach

                              by Dr. Randy Brooks 

OtherWorldly Intergalactic Haiku Competition, Honorable Mention, 
featured in OtherWordly video game (2019)

2019 Porad Haiku Contest, Honorable Mention 


2017-2018 Update

Work published in: 

The Heron's Nest, 2017 Illustration Contest (Spring Illustration Winner)

Unsealing Our Secrets: A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse: Women and Men Speak Out: #MeToo  - Alexis Rotella, Editor/Curator  & Winner of the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2018

Frogpond, Spring/Summer 2018 Issue


2012-2013 Update

Works published 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 Update

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


2010-2011 Update

Works published 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 Update

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".

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On December 31, 2020 Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine will be ceasing publications. Thank you for a wonderful 13 years and trusting me with your writing. I have learned a great deal from each of you and admire your craft. 


Welcome readers:

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 you to our online publication. (We do not charge reading fees for general submissions to our E-Zine.)

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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 deep. We know that what we do today, impacts our tomorrow. We hope to becoming the highest paying literary publication for Japanese short-form poetry. We feel that all poets should receive rewards of high distinction just like any other genre of writing. Haiku is poetry, haiku is literature.

P.S. Did you know that the month of February is NaHaiWriMo!?! What's that? It's 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!

We accept and review submissions on a rolling basis. 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. We encourage you to visit other great publications and websites such as Modern Haiku, Frogpond, 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" Editor's Choice 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 $25.00 US.

Please read our updated: Guidelines.

Are you a competitive writer? Well 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 always in search of new voices and talented writers. Some of our prize-winning writers include, Lenard D. Moore, Andre Surridge, Paul Smith, Debbie Strange, James Tipton, Sandra Simpson, Catherine J.S. Lee, 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 work, as well, to help expand and strengthen our readership as a quality publication. We welcome edgy material. We admire uniqueness and seek future contributors whose writing will, one day, represent Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine in Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards  and The Pushcart Prize Anthologies. 

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We would especially like to thank our contributing writers who donate their winnings to a charity of your choice. Upon your request, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine will donate your cash winnings to 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. 

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


Raquel D. Bailey, B.A.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief


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