The Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest: #TankaProse

Happy Summer Solstice!

Welcome to the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest held to honor the Summer Solstice. Last year, JulesPaige and I sponsored the first Word Weaving Poetry Journal. It was a great success. As promised, the royalties from the sale of the journal from 2021 go toward three prizes of $35.00 for 1st place, $25.00 for 2nd place, and $15.00 for third place paid in U.S. funds through PayPal. These winners will also receive a blog widget to show off their poetic expertise.

This contest is open to the WordPress writing and poetry community.


*The theme of this contest is “DREAMS.” Only tanka prose featuring this theme will be accepted.

*You must write your tanka prose using the following instructions found in the post below:

*Make the judges remember your tanka prose long after reading it.

Contest Rules:

Every entry in the poetry contest must meet the form requirements of tanka prose. Tanka prose must contain a title. Check the syllable count of your tanka using the site. Entries that don’t follow the tanka prose format will be disqualified.

Enter this contest only once. If you enter more than once, only your first entry will count.

* Do your best to submit an error-free entry. It is the originality of the poem that matters most. Make sure your prose reflects on the tanka, or the tanka reflects on the prose. Make sure you followed the instructions (above) on how to write tanka prose.

The contest begins June 21, 2022 and ends on June 26, 2022. I must receive entries by 11:59 p.m. EST (Detroit) on June 26, 2022.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment by email that I received your entry WITHIN 3 DAYS, contact Colleen Chesebro at or


SEND your poem to: tanka tuesday poetry (at) gmail (dot) com (

Subject: SUBMISSIONS, the THEME (Dreams) and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  • Your first name
  • Your last name
  • Your email address
  • Your blog address
  • Your tanka poem


Colleen Chesebro will collect the tanka prose, checking for accuracy. She will omit the poet’s names and submit the tanka prose to the judges with an assigned number. Please refrain from posting your contest entry on your blog. A panel of two judges from the WordPress poetry community will select one first place winner, one second place winner, and one third place winner they determine from the submitted tanka poetry.

We will conduct the blind judging by email between myself and the two judges: D. Avery from ShiftnShake, & Lisa Fox from Tao Talk.

Meet the Judges:

D. Slayton Avery, recently retired from teaching, now works at playing with words. D. Slayton Avery’s fiction and poetry is published in a number of online and print journals and anthologies— Boston Literary Magazine, The Hopper, Enchanted Conversations, and Santa Barbara Literary Journal, among others. She is a regular contributor at Carrot Ranch Literary Community and has two books of poetry, Chicken Shift and For the Girls, and a collection of flash fiction, After Ever, Little Stories for Grown Children. D.’s prose and poetry can be sampled at

Lisa Fox enjoys a laissez-faire lifestyle near Lake Michigan after years of government work. She’s earned a couple of pieces of paper from uni. She’s studied philosophical daoism. She currently writes poetry and flash fiction at her WordPress blog, Favorite past-times are reading, writing, listening to music, gardening and observing nature for advice, bicycling, and spending time with her adult sons.

I will announce the winners for this event on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 on Winners will receive an email notification if their poetry won. I will not send rejection emails.

38 thoughts on “The Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest: #TankaProse”

  1. This looks like fun Sis. I’m hoping to hop on! So, just to iterate, we are writng tanka with prose, and would it be okay to have more than one verse and prose just as your Russian poetry post? ❤


  2. At first my excuse for such a long delay, Colleen! Than, good luck and best thoughts to all, becoming part of your great contest! Best wishes, Michael


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