Happy March! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. <3

It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you! This opportunity only happens once a month!


Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle! Use this opportunity to try a new form!

The Poet’s Collective features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

This challenge is a true poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

For this challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

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


This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.


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 to compose my poems. A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.

How Many Syllables.com Counts your syllables and helps you find rhyming words too!

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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Renga, Solo-Renga, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich, and Abhanga. Don’t forget to check out our list of optional forms.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

See the URL in the browser image below. This is what the URL of your post will look like after you published your poem. Cut and paste that address into Mr. Linky below:

Follow the schedule listed below:

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #Tanka Prose, #micropoetry, #renga, #solo-renga, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyohka, #BadgerHexastich, #Abhanga

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

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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 wordcraftpoetry.com 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 wordcraftpoetry.com. 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 carrotranch.com. 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 wordcraftpoetry.com.
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    Thank you, Colleen. I’ve taken the leap and tried Diatelle. It’s definitely a complicated poetic form. My attempt: https://www.gwenplano.com/blog-reflections/a-new-poetry-form-diatelle

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  5. Hi Colleen! Another poet’s choice, another old drawing brought to light 😉 Here is my tanka for the week: https://trentsworld.blog/2021/03/02/yesterdays-lore-tanka/

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  12. Looks like my decima ‘Whirl’ ended up here oops t’was a slip of the keyboard! Hopefully as it is a syllabic poem all is fine. However I have used Mr Linky as my contribution was meant to be this Tanka https://lauraelizahaynes.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/balance-tanka/

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  14. Stuck with a form I’m happy with (especially on a busy day):
    present progress?

  15. I do enjoy Poet’s Choice Sis. I’d like to hop on. We shall see <3

  16. The poetry book publishing links are a great addition to your site!

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  19. Thanks for all the writing & poetry sources. That’s so cool 😍🙋‍♀️🐝

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  21. Another great prompt, I am running so late this week! 💜

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  24. It’s scheduled for tomorrow morning, Sis. I’ll come back and add the link! <3

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  27. Hello Colleen, I added a cinquain to Mister Linky last night ( http://homestudyfromthegratefulheart.com/2021/03/03/our-place/ ). However, I was inspired to take a few pictures and write a haiku today. I was wondering if it’s alright to add a second poem to Mister Linky or if you prefer everyone only send one.
    Thanks, Heather

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  36. A springtime shadorma sequence (with star-gulls). 😀

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  38. Hi Colleen. Here’s my Shadorma for today. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/03/04/shadorma-covid-19-vaccine-2/ Up close and personal into my day. Maybe TMI. 🙂

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  45. Thanks for the poets collective link , Colleen, I’ve tried a new form – Octain. Enjoyed it very much, many thanks to you. 🙂

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  49. Hello, Colleen. Nice to make your acquaintance. I just posted my first post. Thanks for the opportunity. Hope I followed the instructions well. I’m new to this — Do let me know if I didn’t. Thanks a million. Happy Spring.

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