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.



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 Tanka Prose Contest

Dear Tanka Society of America members,
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s tanka contest! Now, you might want to start thinking about your submissions for the 2015 members’ anthology (deadline, September 30) as well as our brand-new contest:
TSA “Special Event” Contest: October 2015
The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce a tanka prose contest that will take place this fall. This fifteenth-anniversary special event is open to members and nonmembers alike. There is no entry fee, and the first-place winner will receive a 2016 TSA membership. Please see the submission guidelines at the TSA website for details. The guidelines also are included in the spring/summer issue of Ribbons, which is currently being mailed to members.
We have quite a bit going on this year. Refer to our calendar on the website to help you keep track of the various activities (including the next Ribbons deadline). 
Happy writing!
Janet Lynn Davis
TSA vice president & contest coordinator

Tanka Sunday in October

Dear Tanka Society of America Members,
The TSA officers are pleased to share an announcement with you about another 2015 tanka event.
 Save the Date: Tanka Sunday is Back!Join the Tanka Society of America on Sunday, October 18, 2015 (the last day of the Haiku North America conference), at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York, for another Tanka Sunday celebration. Tanka Sunday 2015 will have tanka readings, workshops, and presentations all afternoon and evening, plus a bookfair, group photo, and more. Registration will be free for everyone, including nonmembers (although donations will be welcome). So mark the date on your calendar now, and watch for registration details later on our Facebook page and website and in member emails. Whether you attend the HNA conference or not, we hope to see you at Tanka Sunday 2015! Will you join us?

Also, as a reminder, the submission window for the Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest opens  May 1.

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. 

Winning Poems for TSA Contest

First Place—Lesley Anne Swanson

along this notebook page
almost invisible
the tiny separations
that ease the final parting

Second Place—Jenny Ward Angyal

on pilgrimage
to Yeats’ rag & bone shop—
I hammer
steely scraps of song,
build a monument to loss

Third Place—David Terelinck

banking the embers
after the last guest
has departed…
this Pandora’s box
of deepening silence
Honorable Mention  (no ranking)

long drought
our prayers for rain
go unanswered
the one cloud on the horizon
mushroom-shaped and growing

                Tracy Davidson
                 Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

gentle waves
rocking the boats . . .
another storm
my mind predicted
never happens

                Kenneth Slaughter
Grafton, Massachusetts

only remembering
how he loved me…
in a clear brook
white clouds gather
in my hands

                Christine L. Villa
North Highlands, California

as her memory
the family ghosts
out of the closet

                Celia Stuart-Powles
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tanks Society of America Contest Winners

Time to celebrate! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 TSA International Tanka Contest. We received more than 500 entries, a record, from poets throughout the world. Thanks to our judges, Michele L. Harvey and Susan Constable, and to our contest coordinator, Janet Lynn Davis. And a special thank you to all participants for supporting our 15th annual contest. Winning poems have been posted here and on the TSA Facebook page, and will also be published with comments from the judges in the fall 2014 issue of Ribbons. Congratulations to the following winners:

1st place: Lesley Anne Swanson (USA)
2nd place: Jenny Ward Angyal (USA)
3rd place: David Terelinck (Australia)
Honorable mentions: Tracy Davidson (UK), Kenneth Slaughter (USA), Christine L. Villa (USA), Celia Stuart-Powles (USA)
See next post for the poems!