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Updated: Apr 7, 2021

Seppuku Quarterly

will be a journal composed of poetry, short fiction and flash-fiction. It will launch in fall 2021.

sep·pu·ku /ˈsepo͞oˌko͞o, səˈpo͞oˌko͞o/

(Japanese: 切腹, "cutting [the] belly"), sometimes referred to as harakiri is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.

It was favoured under Bushidō (warrior code) as an effective way to demonstrate the courage, self-control, and strong resolve of the samurai and to prove sincerity of purpose.

It was originally reserved for samurai in their code of honor but was also practiced by other Japanese people during the Shōwa period (particularly officers near the end of World War II) to restore honor for themselves or for their families.

As a samurai practice, seppuku was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely be tortured), as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed because they had brought shame to themselves.


Laughing Ronin Press is looking for poetry, short fiction, flash-fiction to be included in the inaugural issue to be released in fall 2021.

Submission period for the fall issue is April 1st-June 30th

  • We welcome unsolicited submissions.

  • We encourage submissions from all writers, whether new or established.

  • We do not consider any written work that has been previously published in any other print or digital publication.

  • We want to read your free verse poetry, formal poetry, prose poetry, your short stories, and your flash fiction.


  • Please send us only one written work at a time, unless sending poetry (in which case, feel free to send us up to 5 poems). Please do not send us any additional work until we respond to your submission.

  • If sending poetry, please send all poems in one document.


  • All submissions may be sent to with the subject line SUBMISSION: [Name title of written work].” Please also include a brief biography and and any links you may like to include to your work with your submission.

  • We do not accept submissions by mail.

  • At this time, we do not offer payment for publication of any work.


  • Please include your name, email and mailing address on the first page.

  • If writing prose, please double-space your document.


  • In light of the demands of every day life, we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

  • Feel free to submit your work to other publications simultaneously. If your work is accepted for publication elsewhere before we’ve had a chance to respond, please send us a note to withdraw your work from consideration.


  • Rights revert to the author upon publication.

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