Latest Issue of Ribbons in the Mail

The latest issue of Ribbons is on its way to Tanka Society of America members. (Some of you already may have received your copy.) Here’s a message from David Rice, Ribbons editor, about what you can look forward to:

“The winter 2015 issue of Ribbons includes Margaret Chula’s report of her tanka experiences during a recent trip to Japan, an essay by M. Kei (“Tanka Poetry as a Genre”), an essay by Michael Dylan Welch on the TSA’s fifteenth anniversary, and book reviews by our new book review editor, Margaret Dornaus. Submission guidelines for the 2015 TSA Contest also are provided. Along with regular features such as The Back Cover, Tanka Café, tanka art, and Poet and Tanka (Margaret Van Every), this issue should be of interest to everyone who enjoys English-language tanka.”

To join the TSA or renew your membership for 2015, please visit our website.

Ribbons can also be purchased at


Mainstream Journal Call for Tanka and Haibun Submissions

From the editor of KSYO Flash:

I wonder if you might be willing to spread the word, especially among your colleagues as well as women writers of your acquaintance, about our special call for submissions. For our next issue, set to launch no later than the first of June, we especially need haibun stories and tanka tales. Our reading period is open through the 15th of April.

My initial goal in calling for submissions of these hybrid forms was to “infect” writers of prose poems and micro-fictions with my enthusiasm for haibun and tanka. I hope to inspire more writers working in English to try their hand at writing these forms, and, during the experimentation process, to learn more about these ancient literary arts.

KYSO Flash pays $30-$60 (USD) per piece, depending on word count, for original works published online, and payment is made within 30 days of acceptance. Maximum word count is one thousand, including text and title.

(Although we do republish a small percentage of works previously published elsewhere, we cannot offer pay for those, nor are they eligible for reprinting in our anthology.)

Depending on the number and quality of submissions received, not only will we publish the poems online in KYSO Flash, but we will also print a special edition, soft-cover anthology of the best works in November. Cash prizes may also be awarded, in addition to the compensation which authors have received for rights to publish their works online.

If we do not receive enough haibun and tanka to fill an anthology of their own, then those we accepted for the online journal will simply be republished in Volume 2 of the KYSO Flash Anthology, a soft-cover book which is also scheduled for release in November.

In addition, exceptional works will be nominated for prizes such as the Pushcart, and for possible inclusion in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology and the 2016 Best Small Fictions Anthology.

Details and submission guidelines may be found here:


16th Annual Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest: Submission Guidelines

The Tanka Society of America invites you to enter the 2015 International Tanka Contest (in-hand deadline, June 30). For submission guidelines, see the TSA website or the winter 2015 issue of Ribbons, the TSA journal. We look forward to your participation again this year. 
On the website, you also can find winning poems and judges’ reports for the 2014 contest and all previous contests. 

Atlas Poetica Call for Submissions

Atlas Poetica’s special feature Yin, Yang and Beyond: Sex and Gender in the 21st Century is open to submissions. Complete guidelines at:
From the editor, “LGBTQ should focus specifically on trans*/intersex/gender-role topics and that “sex” in the title doesn’t necessarily exclude an erotic theme but that such entries again should say something about individual or societal perceptions about gender, gender roles, etc.”
Please send submissions to with the subject line “SUBMISSION: Sex and Gender Tanka”.