Cover designed by Andrew Brown

Blithe Spirit, our journal, is a Quarterly, with the cover dates of February, May, August and November to some extent reflecting the season just ended, i.e. the February issue contains a section of winter haiku, etc.

The name of the journal was suggested by our first President, James Kirkup, as a tribute to the great British haiku scholar, R H Blyth, to imply the spirit in which we hope to go about our art, and to suggest that haiku belongs in the poetry world, with a gentle nod towards Shelley’s skylark.

Each issue usually consists of 80 pages, with original poems covering the gamut of haikai genres, a diversity of articles about the writing and appreciation of haiku and related forms, book reviews, letters to the editor, features and announcement of the winner of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award (£50) for the haiku chosen as best from the previous issue.

Our editorial policy is to encourage new writing, value a diversity of approaches to haiku, and promote excellence. Blithe Spirit is principally a membership journal, however, members do not have an automatic right to publication. The new editorial team is: Colin Blundell (haiku), Karen Hoy (tanka), Alan Summers (haibun), David Jacobs (reviews) and Caroline Skanne (co-ordinator and cover design). All submissions should be original work, not previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Works posted by authors themselves on social media, that have not undergone an editorial process are welcome.

Please send your submission to the appropriate editor listed below:

Haiku to Colin Blundell:
Please refer to the BHS members’ newsletter ‘the brief‘ or the current issue of ‘Blithe Spirit

Tanka to Karen Hoy:
blithespirittanka (a) callofthepage . org

Haibun to Alan Summers:
blithespirithaibun (a) callofthepage . org

Reviews to David Jacobs:
davidjacobs2011 (a) gmail . com

Books to be reviewed to:
David Jacobs
72 St Dunstan’s Road
W6 8RA

The address for postal submissions will be provided in the members’ newsletter the brief sent to the membership.

Other enquiries to Caroline Skanne:
teamblithespirit (a) gmail . com

For those preferring to submit by post, please send a covering note and a stamped self-addressed envelope or one IRC if you wish for a reply.


Please have a look at this exciting piece of history – one of the first issues of Blithe Spirit from January 1992:

Blithe Spirit 2.1

Sampler from – Blithe Spirit 27.4

Blithe Spirit 27.4