Introduction to the paper wasp web site

This web site is associated with the paper wasp print magazine, which is published quarterly. It is devoted to the Japanese verse forms: haiku, senryu, renga, haibun and tanka. For details of our contests, to see samples of haiku we have published, or to find out how to subscribe or contribute, click on the buttons in the panel above.

The paper wasp magazine

The print version of paper wasp publishes haiku, senryu, renga and tanka in a range of fresh tones and voices. We acknowledge a range of forms and styles from one liners to the conventional 5-7-5 form, and variations such as development or neglect of seasonal words for regional contexts. While retaining its antipodean flavour, paper wasp is now truly an international journal of haiku. Our subscription list extends from Australia and New Zealand across the English-speaking world to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, as well as parts of Europe. paper wasp also continues to maintain a close connection with a number of distinguished Japanese haijin. We look forward to upholding and extending the haiku spirit to a larger audience.

List your own publications on this web site

As a new initiative, we will list contributors' books on this web site.

If you would like to have your books listed here (up to five books, only, please), send an e-mail (only) to the webmaster at with the information in the following format:

Author's name and title; place published, publisher and date of publication; email for contacting you.

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