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2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results

posted Aug 1, 2017, 11:33 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

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 poems posted to the home page, and complete commentary available through the Winners and Judges’ Comments page. Our top three winners are Linda Jeannette Ward, Tom Clausen, and Susan Burch, with honourable mentions going to Donna Buck, Sheila Sondik, Michael H. Lester, Joy McCall, Jenny Ward Angyal, and Debbie Strange, selected from a record-high number of 650 entries, coordinated by Ken Slaughter. Well done!

Free Registration for Tanka Sunday 2017

posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 6:25 PM ]

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. This event happens immediately after the Haiku North America conference at the same location, and is directed by Michael Dylan Welch and Kathabela Wilson. Once again, registration is free as a benefit to TSA members, and to nonmembers to encourage their participation.
     Our program includes a panel discussion on “Tanka and Haiku—What’s the Difference,” featuring Maxianne Berger, Margaret Chula, Michael Dylan Welch (chair), and Kozue Uzawa. Ribbons editor David Rice will give a presentation on “Reading and Writing Individual and Responsive Tanka Sequences,” TSA president Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton will talk on “Tanka Groups: Support, Feedback, and Encouragement,” and TSA founder Michael Dylan Welch will give a presentation titled “Tanka Is _________.” We’ll also have an anonymous tanka workshop, celebrate the 2017 Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest winners, and enjoy readings by Margaret Chula, Mariko Kitakubo, Genie Nakano, Kala Ramesh, David Rice, Kozue Uzawa, and others, plus a “Poets on Site” group reading organized by Kathabela Wilson with flute music by Rick Wilson. We’ll also have “instant featured readers” (put your name in the hat to be chosen at random), a tanka book fair and silent auction (please bring items to sell or to donate), rounds of open tanka reading, a group photograph, a free raffle, and more. Please join us to share your tanka, meet TSA officers and fellow tanka poets, and to learn more about tanka.
     Registration is free, but please do so by September 8, 2017 to help us plan for handouts and other needs. For details, please visit our Tanka Sunday page, the Schedule page, and the Registration page. If you have questions, please email Kathabela Wilson at poetsonsite@gmail.com or Michael Dylan Welch at welchm@aol.com. After September 8, you can still show up in person and register on site. Tanka Sunday 2017 follows previous Tanka Society of America conferences in 2003, 2013, and 2015. See photos of our 2015 Tanka Sunday celebration.
     See you in Santa Fe!

TSA Contest Update

posted Jun 25, 2017, 10:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 25, 2017, 10:08 PM ]

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 different countries submit a record total of 650 entries. Our judges, James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis, are now busy making their selections, and we expect to announce the results sometime in July. Many thanks to James and Janet for undertaking this labor of love, and thanks to everyone who entered our 18th annual tanka contest.

TSA Drawing Winners

posted Apr 14, 2017, 8:19 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 8:19 AM ]

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, 2000, we’re giving away five free back issues of our tanka journal, Ribbons. The drawing for those who entered was held on April 11, and we’re pleased to announce the following winners, who each get one free back issue:
  • Susan Burch (USA) 
  • Mary Kendall (USA) 
  • Eric Lohman (USA) 
  • Aron Rothstein (USA) 
  • Joanne Watcyn-Jones (Australia) 
We’ll be contacting each winner directly to arrange the selection of a back issue of Ribbons. Thank you all for entering. And happy 17th birthday to the Tanka Society of America!

Free Drawing for Ribbons Back Issues—Celebrating TSA’s 17th Anniversary

posted Mar 20, 2017, 10:41 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

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.

TSA Publications Sale!

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:14 AM ]

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 having a publications sale! All available back issues of Ribbons are just $5.00 each (half price), and available issues of our membership anthologies are $6.00 each (40 percent off). But wait, theres 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 poetsonsite@gmail.com. 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.

Enter the 2017 TSA Tanka Contest

posted Jan 26, 2017, 11:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 11:50 PM ]

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.

Ripples in the Sand

posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 1:57 PM ]

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 and Jenny Ward Angyal, and other collections on the TSA Anthologies page.

2016 Tanka Contest Winners Posted

posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 11:02 PM ]

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.

2016 Members’ Anthology

posted Jul 12, 2016, 1:19 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 1:19 AM ]

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!

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