#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 278, #SpecificForm: tanka prose


Last month, I asked Gwen Plano to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. I didn’t hear from her, so I hope you don’t mind if I chose tanka prose as our form to work with this month. To be fair, I’ve had issues with Gmail lately. I don’t seem to receive half of my email. It’s really frustrating. I suspect some of these issues are Apple’s anti-tracking privacy features. So please, if you email me and I don’t answer you back, please send me a message on Twitter or Facebook so we connect. Thanks.


Tanka is typically written in the 5-7-5-7-7 or s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose always contains a title. One basic requirement: one paragraph, and one tanka. There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation), and the Poem Tale (episodic narration). No rhyming.

More on tanka prose HERE by Charles Tarlton, Toward a Theory and Practice of Tanka-Prose

READ the in-depth post below on how to write tanka prose

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


  • Write your syllabic poem. 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 tanka prose 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.

39 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 278, #SpecificForm: tanka prose

  1. Oh my, I never received the email, Colleen, but I’ve been having problems on my end as well. My sincere apologies! 💗


      1. I did get the recap, so that means I didn’t read your message well. Oh gosh, I’m going to blame it on age. 🤗


        1. LOL! I have a newletter that goes out every Wednesday with the challenge post and the posts from the last week. I will think of a workaround for this as well. I might start adding the recap post from the last challenge, on the new week’s challenge post. That would give you the chance to see it again. You’re self hosted, so that might be part of the problem as well. I know you can search for my posts in the reader… but that’s a pain. I could set up a widget on my blog with the information for the future posts… that might be a great solution! ❤


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  3. Colleen, you are not alone. I, too, have been having difficulty with my email. I finally had to create a new email in Yahoo, just so I could communicate with my publisher. It is beyond frustrating and you don’t know what you don’t know. Hope it all gets sorted out!


    1. Jan, I totally understand. I’ve had so many issues with Gmail. Most of my mail doesn’t come through. And, Gmail has become so difficult to use. I’m not sure what to do. The mail.com address seems to be working fine. I’ll keep everyone posted. It’s so frustrating. ❤


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