Members are invited to send one original, unpublished tanka on the assigned prompt for each edition of the Tanka Hangout.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 email@example.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:
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.