Ribbons Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal, are open to TSA members and nonmembers alike. Your submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere, submitted to any contest, or previously published anywhere at any time, including online. However, 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.

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 are open to diverse yet appropriate subject material. We also welcome essays that offer fresh insights and information.

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 each submission deadline.


You are welcome to submit either up to ten original, unpublished tanka or two tanka sequences (not more than six verses) for each issue, plus essays, interviews, news, and announcements. Email submissions are preferred (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). Please submit to ribbonseditor@gmail.com with the subject heading “Ribbons Submissions.” You can also submit by postal mail:


Susan Weaver

Ribbons Editor

127 N. 10th St.

Allentown, PA 18102 USA

Tanka Prose

Please send one tanka prose piece to Liz Lanigan, our tanka prose editor, at tankaproseeditor@gmail.com. Please enter “Ribbons Submission” in the subject line. While submissions by email are preferred, you may also submit tanka prose by postal mail:

Liz Lanigan

Ribbons Tanka Prose Editor 

38 McClure Street

EVATT ACT 2617, Australia

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

Regarding frequency of submission, tanka prose writers whose work is accepted are asked to hold off from contributing tanka prose again for at least one submission period after publication. This policy gives more tanka prose poets a chance to share their work. It also lets us represent the many ways tanka prose is being written today.


Book Reviews

Please send books for review to our editor by postal mail:

Susan Weaver

Ribbons Editor

127 N. 10th St.

Allentown, PA 18102 USA

If you wish to query about a book review, please email ribbonseditor@gmail.com.



These submission guidelines do not apply to submissions for the Tanka Café column (open to TSA members only). See Tanka Café submission guidelines.