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Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2021 Fall Issue (Early Listing)

July 31, 2021

Otoroshi Journal

Submission Window: July 1st – July 31st, 2021
Payment: $1 per accepted work
Theme: Horror Poetry of specific types, details below

What We’re Looking For

Otoroshi is looking for horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun. We also purchase cover art. We follow the modern, English understanding of these genres as they have been adapted to English since the middle of the 20th century. We expect people submitting to be familiar with these conventions.

For horrorku, we are looking for clear, concise imagery with a strong juxtaposition. We prefer three-line poems, but single-line poems with clear juxtaposition will also be welcome.

For horror tanka, we are looking for clear, concise imagery as well as an emotional element.

For horror haibun, we are looking for pieces of no more than 100 words with a clear shift between the prose and the poetry section.

For cover art, we are looking for pieces that are clearly within the horror genre. These images must be PG-13, so please no nudity, limited violence, and limited gore.


The Submission may include any or all of the following:
· Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka
· Up to three (3) haibun
· Up to five (5) pieces of cover art

All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. Posts in closed, critique-oriented groups and social media sites are acceptable for submission, but public posts on forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not. By submitting a piece to us, you are guaranteeing that it is your original work and not under consideration or published anywhere else in the world.

E-mail submission is required. Type poems into the body of the e-mail; no attachments of poetry will be opened. For art submissions, please include all five pieces in a .PDF file or send us a link to a private gallery. If we purchase an art piece for our cover, we will ask that you provide a 300 dpi version of said piece.

E-mail: [email protected]
Subject: Otoroshi Submission

Please include a cover letter noting location in the world. Please include handles for Instagram and Twitter for promotional purposes.

At this time, only one submission per issue will be considered unless the editors directly request a second submission.

Submission periods are one month long:
· January for the Spring Issue
· April for the Summer Issue
· July for the Fall Issue
· October for the Winter Issue

Acceptances will be sent shortly after the end of each period.


We pay on publication. Currently, we offer a token payment via PayPal only.

The rates are as follows:
· ​Horrorku: $1.00 each
· ​Horror Tanka: $1.00 each
· ​​Horror Haibun: $1.00 each
· Cover Art: $10.00 each

We are purchasing the rights to print your work in our electronic journal. We may also use your poems in multimedia promotion of the journal. At the end of the year, we will collect all four issues into one Print-on-Demand version of the journal. By submitting your work for publication, you are agreeing to these terms.

Content Statement

While the editors of Otoroshi acknowledge that some of the most horrific events of mankind stem from hate and violence, we seek to be an inclusive market. We also actively strive to represent a diverse array of voices. Therefore, we will not tolerate racism, discrimination, hate-speech, bullying, or harassment of any kind and will not publish any work that includes such language or imagery.

Furthermore, while we are a horror magazine, we acknowledge that sexual threats and sexual violence can be triggering for many readers. Therefore, sexual violence, as well as violence against animals or children, will be an extremely hard sell and will almost certainly be rejected unless handled in a progressive way. While it has become a common trope in horror to empathize with the stalker or serial killer character, this is not the market for such work.

Via: Otoroshi Journal.


July 31, 2021