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


  • TSA Members’ Anthology Submissions Due August 31 Our deadline is fast approaching for the 2017 TSA members’ anthology, to be edited by Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck. Submissions from members are due by August 31, 2017. Read ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis. Results and commentary are now live, with the top three ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2017, 12:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Free Registration for Tanka Sunday 2017 The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its Tanka Sunday conference, set for September 17, 2017, at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:25 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA Contest Update Good news! We received more entries for this year’s Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest than we have for any prior contest! For 2017, we had 108 poets in eight ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2017, 10:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA Drawing Winners It’s OUR birthday, but five of YOU are getting the birthday presents! To celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Tanka Society of America, which was founded on April 14 ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 8:19 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Free Drawing for Ribbons Back Issues—Celebrating TSA’s 17th Anniversary To celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Tanka Society of America, which was founded on April 14, 2000, we’re giving away FIVE free back issues of our tanka journal ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 10:42 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • TSA Publications Sale! Want to learn more about tanka? Missing a back issue of Ribbons or a TSA anthology? Want to make your tanka collection more complete? The Tanka Society of America is ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:14 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Enter the 2017 TSA Tanka Contest The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis will serve as judges for the 2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. This is ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 11:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Ripples in the Sand The new TSA annual members’ anthology is now out! Copies are now being sent to members (free with membership). Read more about Ripples in the Sand, edited by Susan Constable ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2016 Tanka Contest Winners Posted Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. You can now read all the winning poems, with commentary by our judges, Amelia Fielden and M. Kei ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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2017 Contest Winners


          Judged by James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis

 

 

          First Place
 
          I wound a child
          whose rebellion is all
          he has to cling to . . .
          tears seep between fingers
          curled into little fists

                Linda Jeannette Ward
 
 
          Second Place

 

          two walking sticks
          lean against
          the trail head sign,
          so many ways to fall
          in love again

                Tom Clausen

 

 

          Third Place

 

          twirling noodles

          around my fork—
          I don’t know
          how much longer
          I can do this

                Susan Burch



          Honorable Mentions

 

                Donna Buck

                Sheila Sondik
                Michael H. Lester
                Joy McCall
                Jenny Ward Angyal
                Debbie Strange


          Read more TSA Contest winners.