Tanka Studio Visual Prompts

The following visual prompts, with the most recent at the top, invite your tanka submissions for the “Tanka Studio column in Ribbons. See our Tanka Studio Submission Guidelines for complete details.

For the Fall 2022 issue (submissions due by August 31, 2022)

Some questions to get you started: How might this image speak to concepts such as land ownership, privilege, and class? Are there times when you have been excluded or when you have excluded others? Why? When might boundaries and exclusion be appropriate, such as in cases of bodily freedom, intellectual property, or personal privacy? Meditate on any associated sensations, smells, tastes, or sounds and consider what message this image might have for you. Then show it to us in tanka.

For the Spring/Summer 2022 issue (submissions due by April 30, 2022)

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.