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Stacking Stones – short tanka sequences
Reading window: March 1 – April 30, 2018
Submission address: Keibooks at gmail dot com — include subject line “Stacking Stones sub : [your name]”
Keibooks will publish an anthology of short tanka sequences ranging in length from 2-13 tanka, or equivalent, edited by M. Kei. Wilsonian sequences that mix tanka with other forms, including tanka prose, are acceptable, as long as at least 50% of the content is tanka. Collaborative works by multiple authors are acceptable.
Tanka have been composed in sequences since the earliest day. Certain sequences, such as the 100 poem sequence, or the 1000 poem sequence, are well known. In English, numerous variations of short tanka sequences are published in most journals. Of these, the tanka pentaptych, made up of five tanka in sequence, are probably the best known, but tanka pairs, triptychs, and other lengths are published as well. Occasionally, sequences in the form of circles, crosses, or other shapes are published, but these are rare. All kinds of tanka sequences, including tan renga, are welcome.
POETS: Poets are invited to submit up to 40 new or socially published poems. ‘Socially published’ works include poems that have appeared on Twitter or other social media, a personal blog site, or similar location. Poems which have appeared in edited websites, journals, anthologies, or other curated media are ineligible. Poems that have been socially published must be accompanied by a note explaining their previous appearance.
Note: ‘40’ refers to the number of tanka or equivalent. In other words, a submission can be made up of multiple short sequences, with the maximum total verses being 40. A paragraph of prose counts as a ‘verse’ for purposes of counting.
Submitting to the anthology certifies that the submitter is the holder of the copyright or the authorized representative of the copyright holder. In the case of multiple authors, the submitters must include a statement that they are the authorized representative of the collaborators. That representative will be responsible for communicating with their writing partners about all relevant matters.
BIOGRAPHY: Include a short biography written in the third person as well as the country of the sequence, or your home country, whichever is relevant. Submissions that lack biographies may be rejected.
FORM: We are seeking tanka, waka, kyoka, gogyoshi/gogyohka, and related forms. Generally speaking, each tanka in a sequence must be able to stand on its own, and is our preferred form, but we will consider sequences that use tanka as a stanza within a longer poem.
STYLE: We are open to all creative styles that make effective use of the tanka form and present material that engages the human heart. We especially value contributions from poets that show freshness and creativity, but we welcome poets that have mastered classical forms as well. Strong language and topics are acceptable, but works that are hateful, pornographic, or just plain vile will not be published.
TRANSLATION: All poems must be submitted in English, but we will consider poems written in other languages if
an English translation is provided. Correspondence for the anthology will be in English. All translators must be identified and the poet certifies that they have the translator’s permission to publish if selected. Translators will receive a byline.
to the mail box
an old friendship
My two year term as vice president is over and I decided not to seek another one. I will be volunteering behind the scenes for the TSA, but will no longer be an officer. I hope to do a bit more writing. It’s been a challenging but rewarding two years. Thanks to all TSA members for supporting me during these two years.
DREAMS HAVE BEEN WIDELY LINKED TO INSPIRATION. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is believed that there are six intermediate stages in living and dying. Each of these ‘in-between’ phases is called the bar-do and it is viewed as a powerful stage for awakening and discovering the heart of enlightenment.
Are dreams important to your writing?
Do you use dreams in your writing?
Dream Alchemy will be published as a Special Feature of 25 tanka on the Atlas Poetica website at: http://atlaspoetica.org/. The general guidelines for Atlas Poetica apply. Dream Alchemy will publish summer, 2018.
Please submit five of your best dream-inspired tanka to us. Only one tanka per individual poet will be selected, so please send us your best poems. The poems must be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other journal. Poems posted on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or personal blogs will be considered.
Send submissions to Sonam Chhoki email@example.com with the subject line: “Submission–Dream Alchemy”. Please send your tanka in the body of the email. Do not send attachments, which will be deleted. Please include a brief (not more than 5 lines) bio-note about your writing.
Submission period: 30th November 2017–31st January 2018
Acceptance or non-acceptance of submissions will be notified as soon as possible after the deadline.
Editor, Atlas Poetica
A Journal of World Tanka
A reminder: Atlas Poetica 30 is open for submissions: tanka, kyoka, gyogyohka, tanka prose, tanka sequences, shaped tanka, ryuka, sedoka, cherita, non-fiction, and book notes.
Editor, Atlas Poetica
A Journal of World Tanka
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Atlas Poetica 28 : A Journal of World Tanka Published by Keibooks is now available
Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka continues to live up to its name as it publishes tanka, kyoka, ryuka, cherita, tanka prose, responsive tanka, and related forms in English and translation. Sinhalese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and Slovenian are represented in these pages because we serve an international community of tanka poets and readers. As always, we include non-fiction on a variety of topics, ranging from the music of ryuka to book reviews to an in-depth essay on Atlas Poetica’s editorial philosophy. Pick up a copy in print or ebook to see for yourself why Atlas Poetica is one of tanka’s premiere journals.
Shop for Atlas Poetica at //http:atlaspoetica.org/?page_id=84, purchase it in print or ebook from your favorite online sellers, or order it through your local bookseller.
If you purchase the print version from Amazon, you can also download the Kindle version for free. You can also read the Kindle version free if you are a member of the Kindle Library. If your public library lends ebooks, you maybe able to read it for free through your library.
Submit to Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka. Guidelines are available at the website:
Back issues of Atlas Poetica are available to read for free online at: http://AtlasPoetica.org. Visitors to the site will also want to check out the Resources section for more information about tanka, kyoka, gogyoshi, sedoka, cherita, tanka prose, tanka sequences, and more.
Last Contest Reminder
We have now received more than 500 entries for the 2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest! There is one more day to enter. If you have not aready entered the contest, you have until Wednesday at midnight to do so.
Poems should be emailed to Ken Slaughter at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of TSA Contest Entries – [your name]. Please see http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/how-to-enter-the-tsa-international-tanka-contest for complete details.