News from the Tanka Society of America

Dear Tanka Society of America members,
First, we’re pleased to announce the winner of our recent drawing. All 2015 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest participants were automatically entered. William Cullen Jr. of Brooklyn, New York (USA), has been awarded a 2016 TSA membership. Congratulations!
Next, please be reminded of the members’ anthology and other upcoming events and deadlines. For details, click on the website links below or refer to the spring/summer issue of Ribbons.
TSA 2015 Members’ AnthologySeptember 1–30. Send 5 to 10 unpublished tanka to our editor, Claire Everett. All current-year TSA members are eligible to participate. (Please consider renewing your membership if you haven’t done so.) We hope you can join us on the pages of this year’s anthology. 
Tanka Sunday 2015 (free)October 18, Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY. 

Tanka Society of America Contest Winners

Dear TSA members and other friends,

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. We received 499 entries from poets in 12 countries—another great turnout. Many thanks to our fine judges, Carole MacRury and Laura Maffei, and to all of you who entered. We also would like to extend a special thanks to Lesley Anne Swanson, who prepared the judges’ file.

You can find the winning tanka on the TSA website and in the attachment to this email. We also will celebrate each winning poem on the TSA Facebook page this weekend. Please join us if you can.
Additionally, the complete report with the judges’ comments will be published in the fall 2015 issue of Ribbons as well as later on the website. 

More good news: The TSA officers have decided to hold a drawing this year, as we did in 2014, to show our appreciation for all poets who participated in the contest. If you entered the contest, you will automatically be entered in the drawing. The lucky winner will receive a 2016 TSA membership. Watch for the results!

I am pleased to have the winning poem:

a tree trunk

lost in the shadow

of its branches…

another yes

when I meant to say no