Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

Opportunities for Poets

Wergle Flomp Humorous Poetry Contest NO FEE. The First prize is $1,000 and there’s a second prize of $250. Also, 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries get published online. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. Length limit: 250 lines. And there are no restrictions on age or country. DEADLINE APRIL 1st

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.


Launched in 2005, Mookychick—an online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews—has evolved into a community forum for just about everything. Eclectic and inclusive, they aim to connect like minds of all varieties. From fashion to faith and everything beyond, upside-down, and in-between—Mookychick wants to know about it. The best way to get a sense of what they like is to read the magazine online.

Mookychick is published frequently, and since 2005 they’ve showcased over 600 regular contributors. Although they don’t pay authors, they promote poets and writers by publishing author profiles and sharing their work with a broad readership.

Authors of fiction may submit short stories up to 2,000 words in length. Mookychick also likes to publish flash fiction up to 500 words, and 50-word stories that are exactly 50 words (not including the title). Poets are also welcome to submit.

Mookychick publishes a wide variety of nonfiction. They like articles on personal matters of all types, articles on self-care, opinion pieces, and interviews. They also publish reviews of books, comics, games, music, and events. They usually prefer pieces that are at least 350 words in length, but they also publish photo essays with fewer words. They don’t impose a maximum word count because they want authors to write until they’re finished.

All submissions should include a third-person bio, and authors can choose to include a personal link and photo if they want. Mookychick likes to build each author an individual profile page.

They accept submissions from all types of people and aim to promote marginalized voices as often as they can. They prefer pieces on marginalized perspectives to be written by people who embody those perspectives.

Mookychick accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They don’t accept previously published work, even if it only appeared on a personal blog or social media.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Mookychick, please visit their website at


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main reason why I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

haiku vs senryu

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

say no more

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry


You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Tanka tuesday


Haiku: Energy and Knowledge | Does writing excuse watching?

Infernos speak – Reena Saxena

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #Cinquain #73: Energy & Knowledge | But I Smile Anyway…

Cold morning – ….Bilocalalia….

#Tanka Tuesday: Haiku – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleens Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Energy & Knowledge | Annette Rochelle Aben

With Zest and Intelligence – #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

#Tanka Tuesday – Senryu | Hosking’s Blog

AltReality Woes | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge- Exercise – The Bag Lady

If Only – thehouseofbailey  & If Only – Scott Andrew Bailey

Frozen #midnighthaiku | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo


Blue Space – Calm and Chaos

Collen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73: Energy & Knowledge, #SynonymsOnly | The Shower of Blessings

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four


Dog on a Mission: Tuesday is for Poetry/Mucky Boots & Flawless Paws

Icey Hot – Colleen’s Weekly Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

blue space 2 | method two madness

Engagement with Today | Stuff and what if…

Arise Again: a #tankaprose – Frank J. Tassone

Night Tanka – PrairieChat

Tanka Tuesday: Cinquain – elysianandcynosure

“Rebirth,” A Butterfly Cinquain |

Letter to My Ancestors: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

#Tanka: Wisdom Unfolds | Charmed Chaos

Colleen Cheseboro’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge no. 73 | M J Mallon Author

#Poetrychallenge – Knowledge and energy – Robbie’s inspiration

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is Scott Bailey from his blog, Scott Andrew Bailey. I enjoy reading what I call, “poetic truths.” We all write them from time to time as if something profound erupts from deep within. Do you feel the truth in his words?

This is a particularly good Tanka, in my opinion. It’s written in the first person, as required. The third line pivot links the first two lines with the last two lines. I love the title, If Only…

If Only

If only I knew
What I know now years ago
My time would have been
In a much better way
Less effort on silly things

Image from Pixabay

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Renew & Fresh”




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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  3. Yay! First out of the gates! I tried to turn my “poetic-truth-o-meter” up to 11, but I think I only managed about 7. Let me know what you think or what you think I was writing about. Mxxx

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  6. Hi Colleen. Thanks for the links to opportunities! I might look into the short fiction one. Anyway, here is my tanka for this Tuesday:

  7. Love to read poetry, but haven’t written any since middle school. Who knew there were so many styles and rules. Makes me appreciate it more.

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  10. My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

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  16. hi, Colleen. Is proper etiquette one post per week? thanks.

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  18. Wow! Thank you! I am so honoured to be the poet of the week! Made my own week! Thank you.

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  32. Hi Colleen, this is my entry. Hope it’s not a duplicate link. Thank you.

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  36. My absolutely first time at trying these different types of poetry, please excuse any breaking of poetry rules, but I will love to hear what they might be.

    • Welcome. We’re all here to learn together. To learn the forms click the links in my challenge post or go to my menu under Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenges to find the links to the different forms. Welcome! <3

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  38. Hi Colleen, Hello everyone,
    A late arrival this week, but I made it!! Good weekend to all, hope the weather cooperates and bring you all mild one😊


    Here is my link

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  40. I’m later than Pat. 🙂 Good prompt words for this time of year, Colleen. Here’s mine:

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