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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, Ribbons. This drawing is open to anyone, whether you’re a member or not. All you have to do is supply your name and address by end of day on April 10, 2017 (in whatever your time zone is). Please do this by using the easy online form. Then, on April 14, we’ll announce the winners on our Facebook page, on our website, and through our email list. If your name is selected, we’ll also let you know directly, and you can then choose from available back issues for your winning copy. It’s OUR birthday, but five of YOU will get the birthday presents! Good luck.
’s more! Shipping is FREE to TSA members in North America if you order by February 28, 2017 (we apologize that we can’t offer free shipping outside North America or to nonmembers, but the sale is open to anyone).
Ready to order? Get details at our Publications Sale page. And remember, even after February 28, these publications will still be on sale, but not with free shipping. If you have any questions about particular issues, please email Kathabela Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get your orders in soon, especially for the more scarce back issues!
And if you’d like to join or you haven’t yet renewed your TSA membership for 2017, don’t forget to do that right away, especially if you want to take advantage of this sale’s free shipping for members! See How to Join or Renew.
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 our 18th annual tanka contest, which is named in honour of tanka pioneer Sanford Goldstein. Please note that our submission window this year is earlier than usual: April 1 to May 31, 2017. Please read our submission guidelines. We look forward to receiving your entries. Please also see our updated 2017 Calendar.
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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. Bravo to Susan Burch for first place, to Margaret Dornaus for second place, and to Ignatius Fay for third place, and to our honorable mention winners, Marion Olson, Michele L. Harvey, Michael McClintock, Catherine Smith, and Claire Everett. Thanks also to Ken Slaughter for juggling 463 entries as our contest coordinator, with help from Lesley Anne Swanson.
It’s time to submit your tanka for the 2016 TSA members’ anthology! Our submission window runs from July 15 to August 15, 2016, so send your poems in right away. Starting this year, each member will receive a free copy as a new membership benefit. Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable will serve as editors and Ken Slaughter will oversee design and production. Please read the complete submission guidelines and send your poems in soon!
Just added to the results of our 2015 Tanka Prose Contest is all the commentary from the judge, Bob Lucky. Thanks once again to Bob for judging this contest, and to Janet Davis and Susan Burch for coordinating all the entries.
Starting with the 2016 spring/summer issue, Ribbons will accept tanka prose—which is somewhat like haibun, but prose with tanka instead of haiku. You can submit one piece per issue, up to 300 words (counting the prose and one or more tanka), to tanka prose editor Autumn Noelle Hall. See guidelines on the Ribbons Submission Guidelines page.
Just added to the 2015 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Winners page are comments from the two judges, Carole MacRury and Laura Maffei. These comments also appeared in the TSA journal Ribbons. Thank you once again to our two judges, and to our 2015 contest coordinator, Janet Lynn Davis.