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Volume 3, Issue 2 (Autumn/Winter 2023/2024) was our final issue of Otoroshi Journal.

We sincerely thank you for your support over the last few years!

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.

Meet the editors

Cleveland curmudgeon Joshua Gage is the editor of The Ohio Haiku Anthology, which was published through his press Cuttlefish Books. He has placed in contests, including the Touchstone Award long-list (2020) and the Anderson Memorial Awards (2021). Joshua’s newest Scifaiku book, Blips on the Screen, is now available.


Rowan Beckett (they/them is a queer, Melungeon, Autistic social activist currently living in Ohio. When they aren't writing and editing, Rowan enjoys binging documentaries about cryptids and conspiracies. Their latest book, Hot Girl Haiku (Cuttlefish Books), is available from the author directly. 




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