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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of TSA Contest Entries – [your name]. Please see http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/how-to-enter-the-tsa-international-tanka-contest for complete details.
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!
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).
Janet Lynn Davis
TSA vice president & contest coordinator
First Place—Lesley Anne Swanson
along this notebook page
the tiny separations
that ease the final parting
Second Place—Jenny Ward Angyal
to Yeats’ rag & bone shop—
steely scraps of song,
build a monument to loss
Third Place—David Terelinck
banking the embers
after the last guest
this Pandora’s box
of deepening silence
Honorable Mention (no ranking)
our prayers for rain
the one cloud on the horizon
mushroom-shaped and growing
Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
rocking the boats . . .
my mind predicted
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
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!