From the Editors
The 2008 spring/summer issue was our first as Frogpond editors. It had 96 pages, six of which were section dividers. This issue, our seventh, has 152 pages with no dividers. It is by far the largest in the journal's 33-year history. The prior record holders were the 2010 winter issue (33:1) at 128 pages and the 2009 fall issue (32:3) at 116 pages.
The main cause of the growth is easy to spot—the haibun section. It went from thirteen pages in 33:1 and 32:3 to twenty-six pages in this issue. So many good pieces were submitted that we wanted to publish them all. Added incentive was the fact that 41% of these contributors had never submitted haibun to us before.
The second cause for the increase was the essay section which went from 14 pages in 32:3 and 21 pages in 33:1 to 29 pages in this issue. Two of the four contributors are new to the journal.
We suspect that the growth of submissions to Frogpond is due partially to its listing last year in the MLA International Bibliography and Humanities International Complete, both of which reach large numbers of scholars and writers. This upward trend should continue because this spring we added the journal to another prestigious index, Poets and Writers.
Since becoming editors, we have published work by writers from 44 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and 35 other countries. Haiku and its related forms have truly stimulated imaginations worldwide.
George Swede, Editor
Anita Krumins, Assistant Editor
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