Tanka Society of America


Welcome to the Tanka Society of America website. Here you can learn more about the society, its activities, and membership benefits. You can also learn more about our journal, Ribbons, our annual tanka contest, and our membership anthologies. If you’re not already a member, please read the Top-Five Benefits of TSA Membership and JOIN OR RENEW TODAY.
 

Tanka poetry has a history of more than 1,300 years in Japan and 100 years in English. Originally written in the Japanese Imperial court, when it was known as waka, tanka has grown to be a worldwide genre of poetry written in English on a variety of topics, usually in five lines. Join fellow members of the Tanka Society of America, founded in 2000, in discovering, sharing, studying, preserving, and appreciating this vibrant genre of English-language poetry.

 

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TSA News


  • 2020 TSA Membership Anthology Members, we need your tanka! The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that its 20th anniversary members’ anthology will be edited by TSA founder and president, Michael Dylan ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2020, 1:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Announcing the 2020 Goldstein Tanka Contest The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce the 2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. In honor of the society’s 20th anniversary, the contest is FREE to enter ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2020, 12:01 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Tanka Haiga Invitation In celebration of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th anniversary and in honor of National Poetry Month, we have decided to run a special “Tanka Haiga” feature across the ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2020, 1:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Happy New Year, Tanka Society of America! 明けましておめでとう。 To kick off the new year, which is also the Tanka Society of America’s 20th anniversary year, the society is pleased to share a short new video featuring ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2020, 12:08 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA Election Results The Tanka Society of America is pleased to report that the following people have been elected or reelected as officers for the 2020–2021 term: President: Michael Dylan Welch Vice ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 5:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • New Ribbons Editor The Tanka Society of America thanks David Rice for his eight years of service as editor of the society's journal, Ribbons. He has announced that he now wishes to ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:05 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall. We were delighted to announce the winners at Tanka Sunday on ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2019, 1:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Tanka Monday Final Schedule Tanka Monday is just one week away. Check out the final schedule, featuring a pleasing variety of readings, presentations, writing exercises, an anonymous workshop, group discussion, and more. Hope to ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2019, 1:28 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Goldstein Tanka Contest Deadline Extended The deadline for the TSA’s Goldstein International Tanka Contest has been extended for one week, to June 7, 2019, so if you haven’t already submitted, you’ve now ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2019, 1:18 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Alexis Rotella to Edit the 2019 TSA Members’ Anthology The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that Alexis Rotella will edit the 2019 TSA members’ anthology. The submission window is slightly different this year—July 15 to ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 2:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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2019 Contest Winners


          Judged by Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall

 

 

          First Place
 
           muddy foxhole
           
and camouflaged soldiers
           
buried by a bomb
           
sunlight visits
           
the unmarked grave

                
Dorothy McLaughlin
 
 
          Second Place

 

           broken oaks
           
waiting patiently to die
           
for someone
           
to count their rings
           
and tell their stories

                
Michael H. Lester
 

 

          Third Place

 

           an accident
           
whilst cleaning his rifle?
           
on baked earth
           
an unbearable softness
           
of flannel flowers

                
David Terelinck


          Honorable Mentions

 

                Pris Campbell
                Michael H. Lester
               
Louis Osofsky
               
Sara Ellison
               
Kathy Lippard Cobb
               
Marion Clarke


          Read more TSA Contest winners.