For your convenience, we have created an introduction page to senryu that we publish in cattails, collected works of the UHTS. We hope that this will clarify for both old-timers and new writers specifically what is expected from submissions. For some of you, we realize that this is redundant but since there are currently so many different schools-of-thought on each of these forms—we offer ours also for your perusal.
Senryu is a cousin to haiku, however its mood is more humorous, mocking, ironic, cynical, satirical, or sarcastic, plus senryu does not necessarily require a season word or that 2-punch juxtaposition. Haiku focuses more on nature-nature and senryu is more about human nature, (however having said this—but not to mislead you,) both haiku and senryu can focus on people, so it’s attitude that determines which is which. Haiku honors its subjects, whereas senryu makes fun of, or scorns human folly. The UHTS does not publish anything we feel that might be offensive to the general public.
A senryu may or may not contain a season word or a grammatical break, although it should
stick to a short, long, short, (or close to it) rhythm for publication in cattails. Some
Japanese senryu seem more like aphorisms, and some (but not all) modern senryu in both
Japanese and English avoid humor and are more serious. There are also "borderline
haiku/senryu", which may seem like one or the other, depending on how the reader
interprets them. Many so-called "haiku" are really senryu, so it is up to the poet
and editor to decide...
We encourage you to send a translation of your senryu in "your" native language.
REMINDER: Please send any/all senryu submissions (within the "body" of an email), with the Subject heading of
in all caps. You can submit senryu to Gautam Nadkarni at:
You must include your Country, full name, and email address to be considered!