For Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

Not Sure Where to Start?

READ this FIRST: How to Start Crafting Syllabic Poetry

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

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.


  • Write your poem using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from the Watch your word choice. Do not use words that end in “ing.” Use imagery. BE creative and try alternative forms. Make sure you follow the directions on how to write the form. It’s always fun to share how to write the write the form so we can all learn together. Remember… we are still working with syllabic poetry 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.

Here are my thoughts about sharing posts on Twitter: If you like it, do it. However, we are all friends here. I know we’re all pressed for time. If I share your poetry, you do not have to waste the time sending me a reply to thank me for sharing your post. I spend over two hours a day thanking everyone for sharing my posts. I’d rather spend that time writing poetry. So, for our challenge, let’s share, but we don’t have to say thank you to tweets or retweets. Your retweet already shows you care. ❤

Follow the final 2021 schedule listed below:

This challenge runs from Tuesday through Sunday. On Monday, I’ll share the Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars with links to all the poems and poets. On that post, I’ll ask a poet to pick either a specific form, a photo or piece or Ekphrastic artwork, or a theme, depending on the week. I select the poets based on their poem and creativity.

Now, have fun and write some syllabic poetry!