Tanka Hangout Submission Guidelines

Welcome to the Tanka Hangout

A meet-up place for members to share tanka.

Submissions are open to all members of the Tanka Society of America. If you’re not currently a member, and would like to participate, please see How to Join or Renew. Ken Slaughter, the editor of the Tanka Hangout, will select sixty to ninety of the best poems to be published in each issue of TSA’s journal, Ribbons.

Prompts

Each edition of Tanka Hangout seeks tanka inspired by a prompt, presented here (and in Ribbons).


For the Winter 2023 issue

(submissions due by December 31, 2022):

Music. Few experiences in life can evoke such strong emotions as hearing a favorite song or melody. Sometimes just a snippet of an old song can trigger a long-buried memory. Tanka itself has musical qualities—as we know, in Japanese “tanka” means “short song.” For the next issue, write about an experience you have had with music—any music you choose. Can you make the poem itself sing?

Guidelines

Members are invited to send one original, unpublished tanka on the assigned prompt for each edition of the Tanka Hangout. Restrictions are few, and almost any treatment of the tanka form is acceptable, but please submit your very best effort. The tanka will be read for thematic content, the depth and layering of meaning (often called “dreaming room”), vivid imagery, and suggested emotion. Any comments that accompany your submission may also be considered, in part or in full, for publication.


Send your submissions, in the body of an email, to Ken Slaughter at tsahangout@outlook.com with the subject heading “Tanka Hangout.” We will acknowledge receipt of all email submissions, and if your poem is selected for publication in Tanka Hangout, we will notify you within a month after the submission deadline.


We prefer email submissions, but you may also submit by postal mail:


Ken Slaughter, Tanka Hangout Editor

24 Briarwood Circle

Worcester, MA 01606


Please, include your full name as you wish it to appear beneath the poem, followed by your town or city of residence and its location (state/province and country).


In-hand submission deadlines are as follows:

    • April 30: Spring/Summer issue

    • August 31: Fall issue

    • December 31: Winter issue

Member’s Choice Tanka

In each issue, the Tanka Hangout honors one poet with the Member’s Choice Tanka award of $25, chosen from tanka published in the previous issue. The winner is invited to select the next Member’s Choice Tanka and commend another two or three, offering comments on the tanka and the reasons for choosing them.