#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 264, 3/8/22 #Create Your Own Syllabic Form


This week’s form:

Create Your Own Syllabic Poetry Form & Teach Us How to Write the Form

HOWEVER… you cannot use a Japanese form as the basis of your new syllabic form.

That means no haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, tanka prose, chōka, renga, or gogyohka poetry forms. There are other Japanese poetry forms… please don’t use them. Be creative! This is your opportunity to create a new syllabic form!

Remember “syllabic verse is poetry whose meter is determined by the total number of syllables per line, rather than the number of stresses.“(poetryfoundation.org/syllabicverse)


Here is a list of syllabic poets whose poetry is mostly written with a syllable count:

Thomas Nashe: READ his poem In Time of Plague [Adieu, Farewell, Earth’s Bliss] written in stanzas of mostly 6 syllable lines.

I’ll create a special page on WCPP where all the new syllabic forms can be found!

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

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry?

READ THIS FIRST: How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet






Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry


  • Create your syllabic poem and teach us how to write it. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • Post it on your blog. Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

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.


Follow the schedule listed below:

Now, have fun and write some creative new poetry!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

54 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 264, 3/8/22 #Create Your Own Syllabic Form

    1. That’s exactly what I’m worried about! I searched for poetry forms with my syllable count and didn’t find any with names, but I’m sure they’ve all been done before me!

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  1. I named mine a Great Eight and gave rhyme a wide berth. hehe. Went simple for this one, Colleen. It was so much fun. Thanks a million.


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