From the Tanka Society of America

~ There are twenty-five days left before the submission deadline for Ribbons on April 30! See guidelines at:

~ For those sending tanka prose to Ribbons we have this encouraging message from Autumn Noelle Hall, the journal’s Tanka Prose Editor:   “We might think of the tanka in tanka prose like a camera’s zoom lens.  If the prose is our story’s wide-angle landscape, the tanka are those tiny blooms and pebbles at our feet, that red dot of a hawk wheeling overhead.  As we narrow our focus, we bring our readers close enough to touch—and be touched by—what touches us.”


~ We also want to remind everyone that submission guidelines are up on the TSA website for the 17th Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest.  That submission window is open May 1 – June 30, 2016 (in-hand deadline).  See the website for details.


~ Journeys into Tanka continues on the TSA Facebook page with entries from Bob Lucky (April 5), Amelia Fielden (April 7), David Rice (April 9) and Maxianne Berger (April 11) and Pamela A. Babusci (April 13).  You are encouraged to respond with your 3-5 sentences and a tanka describing an aspect of your personal tanka journey.  “Likes” and other responses are also welcome.


as banked clouds
are swept apart by the wind,
at dawn the sudden cry
of the first wild geese
winging across the mountains.

– Saigyo (1118-1190)

translated by Sato Hiroaki and Burton Watson