Ribbons Submission Guidelines

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 You are welcome to submit up to ten original and unpublished tanka for each issue, plus essays, interviews, news, and announcements.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 clvribbons@gmail.com with the subject heading “Ribbons Submissions.” Or submit by postal mail to:


Christine L. Villa

Ribbons Editor
5040 Jackson St., #86
North Highlands, CA 95660


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.

Tanka Prose

Please send one tanka prose piece to our tanka prose editor, Susan Weaver, at tankaproseribbons@gmail.com. Please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested. While submissions by email are preferred, you may also submit tanka prose by postal mail to:

Susan Weaver

Tanka Prose Editor

127 N 10th Street

Allentown, PA 18102 USA

Prose count should not exceed 300 words. The number of tanka is unlimited (within reason and when in service to the whole). Please include a creative title.

Note: If your tanka prose is accepted for an upcoming issue, please refrain from contributing again for the following issue. Thank you for helping to honor our TSA membership by sharing this limited space with your fellow tanka prose poets.


Book Reviews

Please send books for review to our book review editor:

Tamara K. Walker

Ribbons Book Review Editor

6127 W. Elmhurst Drive

Littleton, CO 80128 USA

If you wish to query the book review editor or submit a book review, please email heliotropicink@gmail.com.

Submission Deadlines

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.