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 magazine, however, members do not have an automatic right to publication. The current Editor of Blithe Spirit is Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy. 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.
Submissions are to be e-mailed with a covering note to Shrikaanth at
blithespirit . editor (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. Submissions without a cover note Will Not be considered. In case of submissions by post without a SASE or IRC, the submission may not be considered. And changes may be made to such submissions as deemed fit by the author. Shrikaanth’s address for submission is available in the membership directory and in the Blithe Spirit.
For the issue 27.2 that is due out in May 2017, the editor is carrying a feature on the recently deceased Noragh Jones. Dedications and tributes to, and writings about her are welcomed. This issue will also feature bilingual work from members. So any of you who write in another language or two alongside English, please send in your fine work for consideration.
Please have a look at this exciting piece of history – one of the first issues of Blithe Spirit from January 1992:
Sampler from the latest issue – Blithe Spirit 27.1