#TankaTuesday Poetry Challenge Rules

Happy New Year of syllabic poetry writing!

New this year: Poets can choose to write Free verse & Free style poetry in addition to a syllabic form, creating two separate poems.

What is the difference between free verse and freestyle poetry?

Free verse poetry is when you refrain from using a specific pattern of rhyme or meter. Examples of Free verse poetry

Freestyle poetry is when you don’t have a formatted style or pattern, but you use rhyme most of the time and therefore create a catchy beat with your words, similar to rap. Here’s a link about rhyme schemes.

The poem, Leaves of Grass, a collection by the American poet Walt Whitman, is an example of freestyle poetry. Allen Ginsberg famously imposed a structure upon free verse with his 1955/1956 poem Howl. He didn’t use a rhyme scheme or specific meter, but the poem holds structure through Ginsberg’s use of repeated phrases.

The option to use Free verse and freestyle poetry remains a choice, not a requirement.

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







Follow the instructions on the weekly #TankaTuesday poetry challenge post posted every Tuesday. Write a syllabic form of your choice (or whatever form is specified) in the challenge post. Use the cheat sheet OR select a syllabic form from Poetscollective.org.

Post your poem on your blog.

Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of the challenge post into your post).

Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below the arrow (teal box for the #TankaTuesday challenge).

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. 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.

There will be no recaps this year. Please visit the other poets using the Mr. Linky tool from the challenge post. Thank you.

The Word Craft Poetry community is a place where we can learn and practice syllabic poetry and other forms of poetry. Please be respectful of your host and the other participants.

The Word Craft Poetry community has a zero-tolerance for harassment, bullying, stalking and other inappropriate behaviors. I reserve the right to remove comments, posts, and block any poet that behaves in that manner. Report any such behaviours to: tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com.

This community remains to help each other flourish and grow as poets. We all take part in the challenges for different reasons, but we all come to read and to write, and to know that our poetry has been read and appreciated. Constructive comments are necessary for our growth. Please be kind and support our poets.

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Now, have fun and write some syllabic poetry!

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