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 http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/how-to-enter-the-tsa-international-tanka-contest.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Cattails Submissions are open!



1 January until 15 February 2017

Later submission dates will be announced on the new website.


The first issue of cattails will appear: April 2017.


PLEASE NOTE:  New editors’ submission emails are given in the INTRO page of each short form and also in the UHTS website “how to submit” page. Here they are for your convenience.


Send all submissions within the “body” of an email with the subject heading for the appropriate form you are submitting to in CAPITAL LETTERS. Only one submission per reading period.


In order to be considered you must include:

  • your full name,
  • country,
  • and email address.



Principal Editor: Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan

submittocattails+EDITOR@gmail.com with the subject heading: EDITOR


Tanka Editor: David Terelinck, Australia

submittocattails+TANKA@gmail.com with the subject heading: TANKA


Haiku Editor: Geethanjali Rajan, India

submittocattails+HAIKU@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIKU


Senryu Editor: Gautam Nadkarni, India

submittocattails+SENRYU@gmail.com with the subject heading: SENRYU


Haibun Editor: Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan

submittocattails+HAIBUN@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIBUN


Youth Corner Editor: Kala Ramesh, India

submittocattails+YOUTH@gmail.com with the subject heading: YOUTH


Managing Editor: Mike Montreuil, Canada

submittocattails+TECH@gmail.com with the subject heading: TECH


UHTS Secretary: Iliyana Stoyanova

submittocattails+JOIN@gmail.com with the subject heading: JOIN



Best regards,


Iliyana Stoyanova

Message From Atlas Poetica

After a discussion with ai li, the inventor of cherita, I would like to encourage poets to submit cherita to issue 27 of Atlas Poetica (winter, 2017). We will also be interested in articles on cherita and the review of books and websites of cherita as well. Anyone who has published a book of cherita is invited to send a book note for the issue.
Cherita is a cousin of tanka invented nearly twenty years ago. It consists of six lines formatted in three stropes:
one line
two lines
two lines
three lines
three lines
three lines
Larry Kimmel is another writer of cherita; you will want to read works by ai li and Larry Kimmel to acquaint yourself with the form. You can find cherita in ATPO 26 (coming out soon) and most recent issues of ATPO going back to ATPO 20 when we formally added cherita to our submission guidelines.
Here is a link for the cherita guidelines:

Anthology Window Closing Soon

Just a gentle reminder:  We set the submission window for the 2016 Members’ Anthology for July 15-August 15 to allow our editors and producer time to complete the book so it can be mailed with the fall issue of Ribbons. 

Our very capable anthology team includes Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable as editors, and Ken Slaughter working with design and production.

 We are part of the process of developing a body of tanka in English. Thank you to members who have already sent poems for this TSA community effort. As I knew that travel would punctuate my summer, I chose Aug. 11 as the day to send my own submission.

Submission guidelines are available on the website at:


If you have not sent a submission as yet, please know that we would love to include tanka from every TSA member in the anthology.


we were not
lovers at that time
yet love
as a third person
moves between us


Jane Reichhold

from Spent Blossoms edited by Claire Everett, TSA Members’ Anthology 2015

From the Tanka Society of America

Dear TSA members,

~  We are accepting submissions for the 2016 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest until June 30.  Please visit the TSA website for complete details on how to submit:



2016 Anthology:  We are pleased to announce plans for TSA’s 2016 members’ anthology to be published in the fall. The book will be co-edited by Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable. Ken Slaughter will be in charge of production.

Submissions for the anthology will be open July 15–August 15, 2016 for current (2016) members of the Tanka Society of America or those who join within the submission period.


If you’re not a current member, you are invited to join or renew today at:  http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/how-to-join


Submission Guidelines will be posted June 15.  Please begin to think about sending 5-10 tanka for consideration when the submission window opens.  Beginning this year, one copy of the anthology will be sent to each TSA member as a membership benefit.  Additional copies will be available for purchase on Lulu.com ($10 plus postage).


no bone-chilling
autumn wind
could pierce me
like this spring storm
scattering blossoms

      Izumi Shikibu (974? – 1034?)
translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani
Best regards,

Ken Slaughter, Vice President

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.  http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/how-to-enter-the-tsa-international-tanka-contest


~ 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


From the Tanka Society of America

Submission guidelines are up on the TSA website for the 17th Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest.  The submission window is open May 1 June 30, 2016 (in-hand deadline).  See the website for details.  http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/how-to-enter-the-tsa-international-tanka-contest

For writers of tanka prose, we would like to pass on this message from our tanka prose editor, Autumn Noelle Hall:

English language tanka prose, whether its prose links tanka through poetic lyricism, colloquial tongue-in-cheek, or even authentic dialog, has the potential to carry us beyond mere essence and into the heart of being.  As Ribbons first-ever tanka prose editor, I am thrilled to be embarking on this exploratory journey with all of you—I cannot wait to see where it will take us!


For more information, please visit the submissions page:   http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/ribbons/ribbons-submission-guidelines



Congratulations again to TSA tanka prose contest winners Urszula Funnell, J. Zimmerman, Claire Everett, Jenny Ward Angyal and David Terelinck.  Clare MacQueen, Editor-in-Chief (and new member of TSA) of KYSO Flash requested permission from TSA and the winners to reprint their tanka prose pieces in the current issue of her journal.  Their tanka prose (and details on the KYSO Haibun and Tanka Prose Contest) can be found at: