Everyone probably already knows, but the winner of Don Wentworth's 2nd Annual Basho Haiku Challenge has been announced, and it is... William Appel! Check out his winning poem at Issa's Untidy Hut, and while you're there, read the runners up too.
Speaking of Don Wentworth, his list of Near Perfect Books of Poetry is now up to 233. Check it out -- see if you agree or disagree with any of them, or if you have any books to add.
Nothing to Dread, this year's Niteblade anthology, is now on sale. The paperback copy (with a great cover by Marge Simon) is $12.95, but you can also download a PDF copy for $3.75. I haven't been able to sit down with my copy yet, but it's got a great lineup.
Haiku readers have plenty of new material to choose from. New issues of Shamrock Haiku Journal, Roadrunner, and The Heron's Nest are all online now. And there is also Australian Haiku, a blog of haiku and haiga that's pretty darn good. I don't remember how I came across this site, but Emma Dalloway's haiku are definitely worth checking out.
As far as holiday deals are concerned, Baseball Haiku has dropped to $4.97 at Amazon, if you still haven't gotten your copy. And for a more speculative selection, the Apex Book Store is running a special deal for professional writers: SFWA and HWA members can get 20% off of their order through the end of the year. Just use the code SFWA20 or HWA20. (If you're not sure which code applies to which group, go stand in the corner of a round room.)
In market news, here's an digital journal that may not be new to some but was new to me. Short-Story.Me! publishes "hard genre fiction," 200-5000 words, and pays 1 cent per word (maximum of $10 per story). You could sell them a story and use the money to buy Baseball Haiku, Nothing to Dread, or a book from Apex.