Annual Call for Themed Submissions:
Haibun & Tanka Prose

2020 Theme: “The sacredness of common things”


O:JA&L will consider submissions of haibun and tanka prose on the 2020 theme “the sacredness of common things.”

35 prose lines maximum for each individual work.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page within the document. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category should be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Haibun/Tanka Prose.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open January 1.                              Submissions close June 30.



Image: Rain at Kofukuji Temple by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949). Color woodblock print. 15 1/2 x 10 3/16 inches. 1937. Public domain.