Final Reminder for Tanka Society of America Contest

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 with a subject line of TSA Contest Entries – [your name]. Please see for complete details.


Call for Submissions – Atlas Poetica

From M. Kei:

We’re happy to announce that Atlas Poetica is seeking submissions for a collection of 25 Arthropod tanka and kyoka to be edited by Grunge to be published at

Love them or hate them, every human lives alongside these creepy, crawly creatures, no matter geographic location or culture. And their forms are as varied as their habitats, whether they’re beetles, roaches, ants, scorpions, butterflies, spiders or even millipedes. There is a long tradition of insects and arachnids as the subjects of poetry, but even if you’ve never written about the buzz of a honeybee’s wing, we encourage you to take a moment to consider the world in which our tiny neighbors live.

Thank you to everyone participating. We’re looking forward to seeing your many-legged creativity!

Submissions: Poets may send up to twenty poems each, but only one poem will be chosen from each poet. Original poems are being sought, however, tanka previously published on personal social media accounts will also be considered, as long as publication information is provided. We are not accepting tanka prose, nor poetry that has been published in journals, books or other collaborative websites prior to being submitted to the Arthropod special feature.

All submissions must adhere to the general guidelines listed on the Atlas Poetica website. Therefore we ask that all poets be 16 years of age or older, and that all poems are sent in the body of the email. If you have a relevant file that needs to be sent as an attachment, please query the editor before sending.

To see the full list of guidelines, as well as our special features from the past, head on over to our main webpage.

Deadline: All submissions to the Arthropod Special feature must be sent in no later than May 31. Our planned publication is scheduled for this fall.


Email address for submissions: ap.arthropods (at) gmail (dot) com – subject line: 25 Arthropod Tanka and Kyoka

~M. Kei, editor, A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka


Tanka Society of America Contest!!

Last year we received over 450 entries for the 2016 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest! There are two changes this year that you should be aware of.

First, the submission window (April 1 – May 31) is a month earlier. Please make a note of it.

Second, we are announcing that the judges for this year’s contest are Janet Lynn Davis and James Chessing.

This latter announcement is a change from previous years, and is based on the growing number of societies in Japan, Europe, and the U.S., that name judges before competitions open.

Please read our submission guidelines at

We look forward to receiving your entries!

New Officers for Tanka Society of America

This message is from the new president:

Hello and greetings!

Beginning this month, there has been a change in Officers for the Tanka Society. Marilyn Hazelton is our new President, following Margaret Chula in that position. Ken Slaughter is our new Vice President, as Janet Davis moves on to other endeavors.

We would like to thank Margaret and Janet for their time, talent, good sense, and generosity of service over these last years. We are in their debt as we build on the foundation they have helped set in place.

Marilyn and Ken join with fellow TSA Officers Kathabela Wilson (Secretary), James Won (Treasurer), David Rice (Ribbons Journal Editor) and Michael Dylan Welch (Webmaster) in wishing all our members a very Creative New Year!

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.