Randy & Shirley Brooks started editing Mayfly in 1986. All submissions are judged competition style, together before each issue. We are now biannual, publishing an issue every summer and winter.

         a mayfly
         taps the screen-
         warm beets slip their skins

                                   --Peggy Lyles

We feel it is the duty of the editors and writers to make careful selection and proper presentation of only the very best, the most evocative, the truly effective haiku. We publish only 15 haiku per issue, but each haiku is featured on its own page. The writer is paid $10.00 per haiku.

Starting with the year 2000 issues, Mayfly was redesigned by Lidia Rozmus in order to continue featuring individual haiku on each page, and in order to also feature a haiga painting of a selected "best of issue" from the previous issue. The first haiku featured was the following haiku by R.A. Stefanac:

        splitting open
        a freestone peach

                                   —R.A. Stefanac

Click on the cover above for a full screen version of the haiga.

Learn more about Lidia Rozmus and her art work: Lidia Rozmus Web Studio.


Submit 5 haiku by email or snail mail.

Summer issue deadline is May 15.

Winter issue deadline is November 15.

Writers also need to be selective, so we limit submissions to only five per issue. We publish a winter issue in January or February and a summer issue in July or August.

While we prefer e-mail submissions, we also consider snail-mail submissions from addresses within the United States. Please submit no more than 5 haiku per issue. Be sure to include your snail-mail address in the email submission or a SASE with snail mail submissions. Do not submit work under consideration by other magazines or contests.

We pay $10 per haiku for snail mail submissions and $10 credit toward Brooks Books publications for all email submissions published.

MAYFLY authors retain rights to their work: All rights return to authors upon publication, with proper acknowledgement of previous publication in MAYFLY magazine. We retain the right to re-issue back issues in electronic format.

Special Features:

Each issue features 15 top-quality haiku. That's all. No book reviews, no prose pieces, no announcments of new publications. Just 15 haiku worth reading and re-reading again.


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Editors: Randy & Shirley Brooks

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