As usual, when I review all the haiku I submitted, it surprises me which one they took. Sometimes the ones you think are the best are not the ones that "resonate" with the editor.
Resonance is one of those things that is hard to define. Haiku editors always want it, but it's such an individual thing. A haiku that resonates with me may not resonate with you and how do you tell if something you write resonates with others?
Today I also heard from Ultraverse and they're declining two scifaiku I sent them. Ultraverse is a non-paying webzine I had been supporting because they've been very friendly to scifaiku, publishing scifaiku by Tim Jamieson, Karen Newman, Alexis Byter, and myself over the past year or so. Recently, they've changed their submission policies and now only accept two poems as a submission for each issue.
Unfortunately, what intuitively works as a submission policy for longer poetry sometimes doesn't for haiku or scifaiku.
Traditionally, Ultraverse had been publishing two or three scifaiku by the same author on a webpage. The task of picking and sending those magic two that are going to "resonate" with the editor seems almost impossible. If you miss the mark, you have to wait until the next month.
This is why many haiku journals prefer a submission of 5-10 to find those 1-3 they're going to publish. With The Heron's Nest, my assigned editor urged me to send as many as possible to have a better chance of making the issue. I ended up sending a total of 21 in two separate batches. They took one, and I like the haiku, but if I had been only able to send them two out of that particular batch of 21, I would have never picked this one to send.
With the two poem per issue submission policy, I unfortunately suspect Ultraverse will be publishing less scifaiku, but I hope I'm wrong!
Changing the subject for a special announcement - upstart_crow has just told me that the poem she wrote for me about my favorite planet that is no longer a planet, Pluto Contemplates His Next Career has been accepted for Helix!