Tanka Studio Submission Guidelines
Note: This column was discontinued at the end of 2022. Our gratitude to editor Autumn Noelle Hall for editing this column.
Welcome to the Tanka Studio
A gathering place for members to discuss and demonstrate tanka craft.
Submissions are open to all members of the Tanka Society of America. If you’re not already a member, please see How to Join to participate. Selected poems appear three times a year in the “Tanka Studio” column, edited by Autumn Noelle Hall, published in the society’s journal, Ribbons.
Some questions to get you started: Whose footprint is this? What is happening in this moment? What led to it? What follows? What memory or feelings does the image evoke for you? What are its metaphorical implications? How might it relate to our world today? Meditate on any sensations, smells, tastes, sounds and consider what message this image might offer you. Then show it to us in a tanka.
All variations on the tanka form will be considered; but authentic, inventive work that employs vivid imagery, tangible emotion and expansive dreaming room is most appreciated. Please revisit your poems with these qualities in mind to ensure you send your best work!
All submissions will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, and sixty to eighty of the best tanka will be curated in the next issue of The Tanka Studio—please await your issue of Ribbons to learn the status of your work. Any comments included with submissions may be considered in part or in full for publication in addition. Please send submissions to Autumn Noelle Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Tanka Studio.”
Please include your full name as you wish it to appear and your full location (City, State/Province, Country) directly beneath your tanka in the body of your message. Do not send attachments.
August 31: Fall issue
December 31: Winter issue