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(on hiatus until July 2024)  

What we publish:


  • Poems under 10 lines

  • Japanese short-forms

  • Visual poems


Sonic Boom hopes to mix it up a bit by seeking both solicited and unsolicited submissions. All submissions MUST be original and previously unpublished. Works that have appeared on your personal blogs and social media accounts are not considered published. For chapbook submissions, visit our imprint Yavanika Press.


Where to send your work:




Please submit up to 10 poems in the body of the email with subject: Paper Lanterns Submission. We accept:


  • haiku & senryu (all types including poemwords, found, parallel, and concrete)

  • cherita

  • gembun


We request you to please number your poems.


If you're new to these forms, read our back issues to get an idea of what we are looking for. We do not merely publish micropoetry but look for pieces that are rooted in Japanese aesthetics. Send us work that is exciting and fresh. What role are you playing in advancing contemporary haikai? Every year, we nominate poems for The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Individual Poems Award.


Response time: 3 weeks or sooner if your work is shortlisted/accepted for publication. We no longer send notices for declined work.






Please submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 high-resolution images as .JPEG attachments with with subject: Visual Art Submission. In addition, please feel free to provide us with a link to your online gallery/portfolio. 


We accept all styles and schools of art, including, but not limited to:


  • photographs

  • blackout/erasure poems

  • haiga & brushwork

  • asemic writing

  • mixed media & collage 

  • vispos


If you wish to submit photo essays, please let us know and we'll feature you on our website. Browse through our back issues to get a sense of our aesthetic. And oh, we love COLOUR! Lots of it. :)


Response time: 2 weeks or sooner if your work is shortlisted/accepted for publication. We no longer send notices for declined work.







Sonic Boom retains the right to publish your work as a whole, or pieces thereof, on our website and social media pages. All rights revert to the individual authors upon publication. We ask that you credit Sonic Boom as the place of original publication in case of future reprints.




We are currently a non-paying market.


If you have any queries, drop us a mail or send us a message on Facebook.




Thanks for stopping by!

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