Fall Issue of Ribbons Now Available

Hello, everyone. We’re pleased to let you know that the Fall 2014 issue of Ribbons has been released. Kathabela Wilson, Tanka Society of America secretary, is in the process of mailing copies to all members.

From David Rice, editor of Ribbons
Look for the following highlights in the Fall 2014 Ribbons: bird and birding poems in the Tanka Café, many sequences and selected tanka (more of you are writing sequences), essays about teaching tanka by J. Zimmerman and Kala Ramesh, Beverley George’s thoughts on sequencing the Australian tanka journal Eucalypt and on writing responsive tanka, David Terelinck’s Poet and Tanka essay, the 2014 TSA contest judges’ report, Angela Leuck’s last book review column, and of course the back cover tanka essay as well as Margaret Chula’s President’s message. I hope you enjoy this issue. 
The Tanka Society of America also is pleased to announce the release of the beautiful 2014 members’ anthology, All the Shells, edited by M. Kei. All current members will receive a copy of this book with the Ribbons mailing.
Please note that additional copies of Ribbons may be purchased at Lulu.com. Ordering information for additional copies of the anthology will be provided later. 

3rd Issue of Undertow Tanka Review

Submissions are open for the Third Issue of Undertow Tanka Review. Kindly submit up to 10 previously unpublished tanka, tanka art, &/or 1 sequence.

“Undertow Tanka Submission” to:

undertowtanka @ gmail . com

*** by November 30, 2014 / third Issue
to be online by December 6

New Journal that accepts tanka: Sonic Boom

Send all submissions to:


No deadlines yet that I can find.

Here are their guidelines (posted on facebook).  Search for Sonic Boom on facebook.

Specific Guidelines:

WE CONSIDER ONLY PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED WORK! Poems, stories, or photos on Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs and Flickr accounts are not considered published.

Poetry: Send no more than 3 poems per reading period. We really don’t have the time to read epics, so please, keep them terse, evocative, and under 40 lines. There is no minimum word count limit. You can send us micro-poems, too! All submissions MUST be pasted in the BODY OF THE MAIL. Attachments will NOT be opened. If you have formatting concerns, send us a query and we’ll take it forward from there. Please use a legible font and size (Times New Roman, 12pt), with single line spacing.

Flash Fiction: We want to read stories that thrill us, and set our hearts racing. We are not particularly into speculative fiction. And no horror, please! We are open to experimentation, but definitely not at the cost of quality. Word limit: UNDER 700 words. Anything above this will be returned unread. Use Times New Roman, 12 pt. font with double line spacing for easy readability. Please send up to 2 pieces at a time, and send them as attachments, along with a cover letter in your mail. Your file name should include the title of the story, followed by your last name. Example: Dog Days _ Shankar. Please also send each story as a SEPARATE attachment.

Visual art: We want everything from sketches, to doodles, to brushwork, photographs, visual poems, erasures, and all that other stuff in between! If you’re unsure what to label your piece, send it across anyway. Ensure that all images are 300 dpi and of a high-resolution. Send up to 6 images as .JPEG file attachments.


1. Please check all submissions for grammar and spelling errors. If we find gross errors, your manuscript will be summarily rejected.

2. Format your work according to our guidelines. It makes work easier for all parties!

3. Proofread. This can’t be stressed enough.

4. Submit your BEST work.