tinywords (ISSN 2157-5010) is an international, daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry.
Our goal is to publish excellent poetry whose ambitions and effects far outstrip its small size.
Founded in 2000, we now produce two issues per year, each of which are published in serial form, one poem per day, on the web as well as via e-mail and SMS text message. More than 4,000 people subscribe to our daily emails and almost 3,000 people follow us on Twitter, making us (as far as we know) the largest publisher of haiku, by circulation, in English.
You can subscribe or unsubscribe using our subscriptions form. It’s free!
Although tinywords is published daily, we group the poems into issues of 50 or more poems. Some of these issues are also available for purchase as printed books, and as free e-books: see tinywords in print for more details.
The most recent issue is 16.2, which started on September 19, 2016, and concludes on February 2, 2017.
There will be a pause while we prepare the next issue, issue 17.1, which should begin in mid-March. We will accept submissions for that issue from February 1 through February 28.
To submit work to us, please use our online submissions page (available only when we are actually accepting submissions). This makes the submissions easier for us to manage and also allows us to read each submission anonymously (so we can judge the work on its merits, not on the author’s name).
We accept submissions only during February and August.
In general, we give preference to work that has not been previously published in any literary journal, though we’ll occasionally republish poems that have appeared elsewhere. Appearance on Twitter, personal blogs or online poetry discussion forums is no impediment to acceptance.
We will respond quickly to all submissions, so no simultaneous submissions, please.
Copyright: Poets published on tinywords retain copyrights to their work. We ask for nonexclusive permission to publish your work on this website, to distribute it via electronic media including email and SMS, and to republish it in print or online collections. Please do not submit work unless you have the rights to it.
We cannot pay for work published in tinywords.
History of tinywords
d. f. tweney started tinywords as a simple e-mail and SMS mailing list in mid-2000, adding a basic website shortly thereafter.
From October 2000 until June 2008, tinywords published one original haiku nearly every weekday, totalling over 1,500 haiku by more than 300 contributors, including rank beginners as well as some of the leading lights of the haiku world. We’ve also been publishing haiku on Twitter since early 2007.
After a break, tinywords returned to publication on November 30, 2009, with a broader focus on micropoetry and miniature poetry of all kinds, including but not limited to haiku. We will continue to publish one poem per day, most weekdays.
Starting with issue 12.1, Kathe Palka and Peter Newton assumed the helm as co-editors of tinywords. Founder d. f. tweney continues to publish the journal, provide technical support, and help read submissions.
tinywords is listed in the Haiku Society of America’s 2008 Guide to Haiku Publications, which called it the “largest-circulation journal of haiku in English.”
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tinywords is edited by Kathe Palka and Peter Newton. Direct comments or questions to editors at tinywords (dot) com.
All contents are, except as noted, copyright (c) by the creators named alongside each work.
Earlier versions of tinywords were powered by a custom PHP and MySQL-based content management system designed and built by d. f. tweney, which is still running in the site’s haiku archives for 2000-2008.
Since 2009, this site has been powered by WordPress, whose motto is “Code is poetry.” The design is based on a theme by Rob Beschizza. All of the design infelicities and PHP bugs are by d. f. tweney. These pages are coming to you from servers maintained by Grist Mill Media.