Cover art by Jessica Sebok

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 26 haiku per issue. The writer receives $20.00 credit with Brooks Books per haiku.

Cover art by Jessica Sebok

Cover art by Jessica Sebok

Cover art by Jessica Sebok

MAYFLY cover issue 72

In 2022 we redesigned MAYFLY to be slightly smaller than previous issues, maintaining the square pages featuring one haiku per page. We also switched from the black and white haiga to original color artwork by studio artist, Jessica Sebok. Each cover features a "best of issue" haiku selected from the previous MAYFLY.

Learn more about Jessica Sebok and her art work:

Mayfly 30 2000

In 2000 MAYFLY was designed 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.

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Editors: Randy & Shirley Brooks

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