Submissions to Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal, are open to TSA members and nonmembers alike. You are welcome to submit up to ten original and unpublished tanka for each issue, plus essays, interviews, news, and announcements. Submissions by email are preferred (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Ribbons Submissions.” Or submit by postal mail to:
1470 Keoncrest Drive
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
Your submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere, submitted to any contest, or previously published anywhere at any time, including online. However, any tanka posted to online workshop lists or on Facebook are permissible. All rights revert to authors upon publication, except that the TSA reserves the right to reprint content from its publications on TSA social media sites and its website.
Starting with the 2016 spring/summer issue, Ribbons will accept tanka prose. You can submit one tanka prose piece per issue (include a title). Combined word count for tanka and prose should not exceed 300 words (it can have more than one tanka, however). Email submissions to Autumn Noelle Hall, tanka prose editor, at email@example.com (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). If submitting by postal mail, send to David Rice at the address above.
Please send book reviews to our book review editor, Margaret Dornaus, at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). You can also submit books for review or book reviews by postal mail to:
Ribbons Book Review Editor
1729 Cripple Branch Lane
Ozark, AR 72949 USA
Ribbons submission deadlines are in-hand no later than the following dates:
April 30: Spring/Summer Issue
August 31: Fall Issue
December 31: Winter Issue
The Ribbons editor will respond to all submissions within one month of the submission deadline.
Ribbons seeks fresh material of the highest standard to present to our readers. Any tanka with a sensibility that distinguishes the form will be considered. Therefore, we welcome different syllable counts, varying individual styles and techniques, and we’re open to diverse yet appropriate subject material.
Essays and book reviews must also be well-researched and offer fresh insights and information. To ensure that your proposals and drafts of substantive work such as articles, essays, and interviews receive the proper attention, please send your inquiries and submissions well in advance of deadline dates.
Note: These submission guidelines do not apply to submissions for the Tanka Café column (open to TSA members only). See Tanka Café submission guidelines.