Submission Guidelines

Submissions for poetry are only accepted from financial WA Poets Inc members. To become a member click here.

Submissions for haiku are open to all persons interested in haiku (please read the guidelines below before submitting).

Submission Closing Dates

Deadlines for submissions is midnight (Perth, Western Australia time) on the following dates:

  • 10th February for the March issue
  • 10th May for the June issue
  • 10th August for the September issue
  • 10th November for the December issue

Poetry Submission Guidelines

Submissions to be by email, as attachments, with your surname  and the word “poetry” in the subject field to

 We are looking for good quality, well-crafted poetry; there is no guarantee submitted poems will be accepted.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines will result in your submission being rejected.

  • We accept a maximum of three unpublished and original poems per poet.
  • Each poem must be submitted as a separate Microsoft word document attachment.
  • Theme is open.
  • A maximum of 60 lines, though less is preferred.
  • Text to be Times 12 point.
  • Line spacing for submissions to be single-spaced.
  • Each  submitted poem must have a title (at the top) and your name (at the bottom).

Currently, we cannot pay contributors, but your poetry will be showcased.

Selectors for poetry are by invitation from the following; Peter Jeffery, Karen Murphy, Anne Dyson, Sue Clennell, Chris Palazzolo, Veronica Lake, Chris Arnold, Flora Smith, Matthew Jamieson and Mike Greenacre.
Submissions Manager; Wendy Beach.

Copyright of material in Creatrix remains with individual contributors and cannot be reproduced or transmitted in any form without written permission from the authors.


Founding members of Creatrix Online Poetry Journal: Peter Jeffery, Andrew Burke, Maureen Sexton, Veronica Lake and Jeremy Balius.



WAPI has decided on the following policy for  reviews of members poetry books.

WAPI will publish a single review for each issue of CREATRIX for a limited trial period, and any financial member can submit a review for consideration,

  • In length reviews will be an ideal 600 to 800 words but if the analysis is good the editors will consider an extended review.
  • The editors have right of acceptance and rejection and the submitter will be notified accordingly but no further correspondence will be entered.
  • On occasion the editors may commission a review in line with WAPI policy.


Creatrix Haiku Submission Guidelines

Haiku selectors are; Rose van Son, Coral Carter, Amanda Joy and Gary De Piazzi.

To avoid disappointment, please follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your submission being rejected.
Haiku Submission Guidelines

  • Publication submissions are accepted from financial WA Poets Inc members and others interested in writing haiku.
  • Submissions of up to 10 haiku per person accepted for each issue.
  • All haiku must be unpublished and the author’s original work.
  • Email your submission to with “haiku” and your surname in the subject line, with all haiku in the body of the email only (i.e. no attachments).

Elements of an Acceptable Haiku

  • Brevity is the key in haiku. Around 12 syllables or less is ideal, but we accept up to 17 syllables.
  • Three lines is the most common setting in English language haiku but we will also consider 1, 2 and 4 line haiku.
  • Preferably does not use poetic tools, such as simile, metaphor, rhyming, punctuation (except perhaps a dash to mark a grammatical break), capital letters (except Proper nouns), titles, personification, abstract images and language.
  • Captures a moment in time, therefore must be written in present tense.
  • Preferably infers an awe or a reverence of nature and uses a nature reference, however, we also accept modern haiku that doesn’t necessarily refer to nature.
  • Relates to the senses.
  • Juxtaposition of two images is preferable, but we will accept remarkable single image haiku.

We are looking for the ‘aha’ factor.

We also accept senryu, which is similar to haiku, but emphasises humour and human foibles instead of seasons.

For more information on how to write haiku and what the editors are looking for, go to the Haiku Information section below

Founding members of Creatrix Online Haiku Journal: Maureen Sexton, John Bird and Nicholas Barwell.


Haiku Information

Many people write haiku in three lines, although traditionally Japanese haiku were often written in a single line, and modern haiku writers often write haiku in one, two or three lines.

In Japan, haiku were written in seventeen on or onji. The word on in Japanese means sound, and onji means sound symbol. Because of the difference in languages, the use of seventeen syllables in English forms a longer haiku than it would in Japanese language. In keeping with one of the most important rules of haiku – brevity, and to try to approximate Japanese language more closely, it is preferable to write English haiku in approximately twelve syllables, or as few syllables as possible.

Haiku in Japan usually contains a season word or words and a kigo is used to decide which words relate to which seasons. However, in Australia, because our seasons are different, many don’t use a kigo and try instead to use Australian season references, depending on who their intended audience is. See Australian Haiku Dreaming – for more on Australian season references.

Haiku usually has a distinct grammatical break, or kireji. Sometimes a dash is used to highlight the kireji, again depending on the intended audience. It also depends on whether a single image haiku is being written or a haiku using juxtaposition. It is preferable to use one or two clear, contrasting images.

Senryu is similar, except it emphasizes humor and human foibles instead of seasons, and may not use kigo or kireji.

Links to Haiku sites:

For haiku definitions go to:

Haiku Oz: The Australian Haiku Association –

Australian Haiku Dreaming –

Haiku NewZ includes an ever-growing collection of articles about haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, etc, as well as a collection of links to other online resources. The link to the site is: Hover your mouse over Affiliates, choose Haiku NewZ and then the sub-section you want.

Haiku XpresSions publishes haiku from around the world in the magazine FreeXpresSion. Send up to ten unpublished haiku at a time, not on offer elsewhere, to the Haiku Editor, Cynthia Rowe (, including your postal address. Any writer whose work is published receives a complimentary copy of FreeXpresSion magazine.

Haiku and photography website:

The Heron’s Nest, USA –

Haiku Society of America:

Haiku World –

World Haiku Association –

HIA International Haiku Association –

Writer’s Digest/Poetic Asides

Haiku Talk: A general discussion list for writers and others interested in haiku and related genres. A forum for news and views. –

Haiku 2000: A series of webpages supporting and expanding on the material in The Art of Haiku 2000: a guide to haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, sedoka, sijo and other related genres, published by New Hope International. –

Wonder Haiku Worlds – a community portal for haiku and related forms:

World Haiku Review:

Modern Haiku Magazine

Simply Haiku

Tiny Words publishes one haiku per day:

Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America:



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poetry d'amour logo_colour_horizontalTwo Hearts.pngAs part of 2018 Poetry d’Amour Summer of Love, submissions are sought for original, unpublished love poems for an opportunity to win:

First Prize: $500 cash prize and the opportunity to perform the winning entry at Poetry d’Amour 2018*

Runner Up: $200 cash prize and the opportunity to perform the winning entry at Poetry d’Amour 2018*

2 x Highly Commended Certificates*

2 x Commended Certificates* 


Youth Incentive Award: $100 cash prize and the opportunity to perform the winning entry at Poetry d’Amour 2018* for the highest ranking entry, that has not won an award in the above categories, from a person under 18 years of age living in Western Australia.

For details and Entry Form, click here

To view past winners click here

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