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


  • 2021 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Autumn Noelle Hall and Don Miller. Results and commentary are now live, with the top three ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2021, 2:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA YouTube Channel The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its own YouTube channel, and the addition of a new Videos page on our website. Please check out both links, which ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2021, 4:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Young Adults Tanka Group The Tanka Society of America is forming a group of young adults (under 40) who share an interest in tanka. The group will workshop poems, learn from guest speakers, and ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2021, 4:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • New Ribbons Editor The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that Susan Weaver is now our new editor for Ribbons. We are grateful to Christine L. Villa, who has served in ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2021, 12:44 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2021 TSA Members’ Anthology to Be Edited by Michael H. Lester The Tanka Society of America is honored to announce that Michael H. Lester will serve as editor for the 2021 TSA members’ anthology. The submission window for entry is June ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2021, 5:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2021 Goldstein Contest to Be Free, and Judges Announced The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that the judges for the 2021 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest will be Autumn Noelle Hall and Don Miller. In addition ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2021, 2:09 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Dance into the World: 2020 TSA Members' Anthology Now Published The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its 2020 members’ anthology, Dance into the World, edited by Michael Dylan Welch in celebration of the society’s 20th anniversary ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 1:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA 20th Anniversary Taiga Showcase To help celebrate the Tanka Society of America’s twentieth anniversary in 2020, Susan Burch solicited and compiled “taiga” (haiga featuring tanka) to display on the society’s Facebook page ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 4:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Margaret Dornaus and Claire Everett. Results and commentary are now live, with the top three poems ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2020, 12:34 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 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
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2021 Contest Winners


          Judged by Autumn Noelle Hall and Don Miller

 

 

          First Place
 
           my old home sits
           next to unturned soil
           string beans
           and silver queen corn
           long for my father’s hand

                 Pris Campbell
 
 
          Second Place

 

           children locked

           in steel cages

           once upon a time

           that happened

           only in fairytales


                 Kathryn Stevens

 

 

          Third Place

 

           kintsugi . . .

           the flow

           of your gentle words

           helps to rebuild

           a better version of me


                 Urszula Funnell



           Read more TSA Contest winners.