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Closing 30th June

Contest theme: God's creation--nature, people, animals, earth, the heavens and anything God created

What to submit: Up to three of your best, unpublished haiku, any form (1,2,3 or 4 lines, any syllable count, 5-7-5, and concrete)

Where to submit: with the subject line "WoTS Haiku Contest"
Include your full name and country of residence in the email.

Prizes: First place, second place, and third place winners will win poetry books ("The Poodle Wears a Pink Tutu" and "Neon Snow" by Susan Beth Furst)

Judge: Blind judging by Christine L. Villa, editor of Frameless Sky

NOTE: All winning haiku will be published on WoTS in a special July issue (July 15)
Thanks to Theresa Cancro for the following information posted on Inkstone Poetry Forum.

Submission guideline details for the three current Tanka Society of America publications/ features: Ribbons (the official print journal of TSA), Tanka Hangout (members-only feature within Ribbons), and Laurels (the online journal of members' work). Note that the submission deadline for the Fall/Winter 2024 issue of all of these is June 30, 2024.

Tanka Society of America

I. Ribbons Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Ribbons, the official Tanka Society of America journal, are open to TSA members and nonmembers alike. Your submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere, submitted to any contest, or previously published anywhere at any time, including online. However, tanka posted to online workshop lists or on Facebook are permissible. All rights revert to authors upon publication, except that the TSA reserves the right to reprint content from its publications on TSA social media sites and its website.

Ribbons seeks fresh material of the highest standard to present to our readers. Any tanka with a sensibility that distinguishes the form will be considered. Therefore, we welcome different syllable counts, varying individual styles and techniques, and are open to diverse yet appropriate subject material. We also welcome essays that offer fresh insights and information. As our space for essays and interviews is limited, please query the editor with a summary before writing your essay in full.

We also publish a twice-yearly members-only online journal, Laurels, which requires separate submissions. (Guidelines for Laurels are provided below.)

Submission Deadlines
Ribbons submission deadlines are in-hand no later than the following dates:

January 31: Spring/Summer issue
June 30: Fall/Winter issue

The Ribbons editors will respond to all submissions within one month of each submission deadline.

For each issue, you are welcome to submit either up to ten original, unpublished tanka or two tanka sequences (not more than six tanka per sequence) or one tanka sequence and up to five tanka. From among these, one individual tanka or a sequence may be selected. Email submissions are preferred (please include all text in the body of each email; no attached files, please, unless requested). Please submit to: with the subject heading "Ribbons Submissions." You can also submit by postal mail:

Susan Weaver
Ribbons Editor
127 N. 10th St.
Allentown, PA 18102 USA

Tanka Prose
Please send one tanka prose piece to Liz Lanigan, our tanka prose editor, at Please put "Ribbons Submission" in the subject line. The prose should not exceed 300 words. The number of tanka is flexible (within reason and when in service to the whole). Please include a creative title.

While submissions by email are preferred, you may also submit tanka prose by postal mail:

Liz Lanigan
Ribbons Tanka Prose Editor
38 McClure Street
EVATT ACT 2617, Australia

Book Reviews
Please query Ribbons editor Susan Weaver (at or at the following postal address), before sending your book for review:

Susan Weaver
Ribbons Editor
127 N. 10th St.
Allentown, PA 18102 USA

II. Tanka Hangout - Members-only feature in Ribbons, edited by Ken Slaughter

TSA members are invited to send one original, unpublished tanka on the assigned prompt for each edition of the Tanka Hangout (NOTE: The prompt for the Fall/Winter 2024 issue is "poetry" -- see further info about the prompt below). Restrictions are few, and almost any treatment of the tanka form is acceptable, but please submit your very best effort. The tanka will be read for thematic content, the depth and layering of meaning (often called "dreaming room"), vivid imagery, and suggested emotion. Any comments that accompany your submission may also be considered, in part or in full, for publication, but please be sure your tanka does not rely on these comments.

Send your single tanka submission, in the body of an email, to Ken Slaughter at with the subject heading "Tanka Hangout." He will acknowledge receipt of all email submissions, and if your poem is selected for publication in Tanka Hangout, he will notify you within a month after the submission deadline.

We prefer email submissions, but you may also submit by postal mail:

Ken Slaughter, Tanka Hangout Editor
24 Briarwood Circle
Worcester, MA 01606 USA

Please, include your full name as you wish it to appear beneath the poem, followed by your town or city of residence and its location (state/province and country).

In-hand submission deadlines are as follows:

January 31: Spring/Summer issue
June 30: Fall/Winter issue

Member's Choice Tanka
In each issue, the Tanka Hangout honors one poet with the Member's Choice Tanka award of $25, chosen from tanka published in the previous issue. The winner is invited to select the next Member's Choice Tanka and commend another two or three, offering comments on the tanka and the reasons for choosing them.

Each edition of Tanka Hangout seeks tanka inspired by a prompt, presented here and in Ribbons.

For the Fall/Winter 2024 issue
(submissions due by June 30, 2024)

Prompt -- Poetry: If you love writing about poetry, and about the process of writing, this prompt is for you. Think about your own creative journey, or about poems written by others. You might write a tanka about a poetic song or even about a songwriter, such as Bob Dylan.

III. Laurels Submission Guidelines

Laurels is the twice-yearly online publication of the Tanka Society of America, launched in 2024, for members only (nonmembers and members are welcome to submit to our print publication, Ribbons). Each issue of Laurels focuses on an announced theme, with members serving as guest editors. Laurels is for individual tanka only, and does not include sequences, tanka prose, essays, or reviews, and will accept no more than one poem per member per issue. We invite members to submit up to three unpublished tanka for each issue. Please, no simultaneous or multiple submissions (submit only once).

Laurels Submission Deadlines
Laurels submission deadlines are in-hand no later than the following dates:

January 31
June 30

Each Laurels guest editor will typically respond to all submissions within one month of each submission deadline.

Laurels #2 Submission Guidelines for members only
Guest editor: Michael Ketchek

Theme: Kyōka

Don't be upset if you've no idea what kyōka means. I didn't till a short while ago. As I found out, I've been writing them for years. As defined by the website Poem Analysis, "Kyōka is a traditional Japanese poetic form that emerged in the 15th century. It is a playful and humorous variation of the tanka." Kyōka literally means "mad" or "crazy poem." It often parodies, puns, or mixes high language with everyday words and subject matter. Here are two kyōka examples:

the limp windsock
reminds him
of the side effects
of taking prozac
but who cares

Michael Ketchek

Hamlet at the Globe
then dinner at the George
where Shakespeare drank
the only question is
to beer or not to beer

Charles Harmon

Submissions (TSA members only): Please submit by June 30, 2024 using our online submission form. The form should work correctly for nearly everyone, but if it does not work for you, please try accessing it using a different device. If it still does not work correctly for you, please inquire with Michael Ketchek at

Link to the online submission form for Laurels #2: ... w/viewform
Contest Rules

1. Only TWO UNPUBLISHED submissions per poet.

2. Poems that have been workshopped or appeared on social media are suitable.

3. Short submission time of 10 days. Submissions begin on June 1st beginning at 12:01 AM EDT and must be in our email box by midnight EDT on June 10th. Any emails received either before or after will NOT be judged.

4. All email submissions MUST be sent to: with MURTHA CONTEST in the Subject field.

5. The top three Winners will be notified by July 1st but I will not rush the judges so extra time will be given if necessary.

I'd like to thank our judges who will remain anonymous during the course of the contest and for all of the wonderful participants that make this contest so great every year.

Check out submission topic

Contest window: June 1 - June 20, 2024
We are back with our Annual Vispo Contest, now in its fourth edition. Each year is a celebration of the different ways in which artists combine the written word with a visual counterpart, continuing to push the envelope as they play and experiment.

Judges: Shloka Shankar & Robin Smith
What is Vispo?

Visual poetry is a development of concrete poetry, characterized by intermedia. The predominant elements that constitute a visual poem/vispo include non-representational language and the interplay of text & art. There is a strong graphic element to these pieces.

"Visual poetry can be defined as poetry that is meant to be seen—poetry that presupposes a viewer as well as a reader."— Willard Bohn

"Never before has language had so much materiality—fluidity, plasticity, malleability—begging to be actively managed by the writer. Before digital language, words were almost always found imprisoned on a page. It's just another reminder that, in the future, words very well might not only be written to be read but rather to be shared, moved, and manipulated, sometimes by humans, more often by machines, providing us with an extraordinary opportunity to reconsider what writing is and to define new roles for the writer. While the writer today is challenged by having to go up against a proliferation of words and compete for attention, she can use this proliferation in unexpected ways to create works that are as expressive and meaningful as works constructed in more traditional ways." — Kenneth Goldsmith
What to submit:
- blackout poems (cite the source)
- erasures (cite the source & use your original artwork)
- haiga (collaborations welcome)
- Artist Trading Cards
- fridge magnet poetry
- book spine poetry
- asemic writing
- typography art
- collage & cut-ups (digital & analogue)
- altered book pages / mixed-media
- conceptual pieces
1. Please type VISPO CONTEST in the subject line and send your entry/entries as an attachment to ALL work must be unpublished. We do not consider pieces published on social media/personal blogs as published. Collaborations welcome.

2. Make sure you include your name, country, and a short artist's statement or note about your entry/entries in the body of the email. We would love to know your process. :)

3. Please name each file with the title of your piece and your full name. Example: Title_Full Name. Maximum file size: 2 MB.

4. The first entry is FREE. If you'd like to submit up to three pieces for consideration, there is a non-refundable entry fee of Rs. 200/$3 USD. If you reside in India, kindly make the payment using this link here. If you reside outside India, kindly make the payment using PayPal to

5. Submissions will remain open from June 1 through midnight on June 20, 2024 (Indian Standard Time). Entries received before or after the contest period will be deleted unread.

6. The top three winners will receive e-certificates and a cash prize in accordance with the total amount received from the entry fees. Shortlisted entries will be displayed in an online gallery format on our website. Please check out previous years' galleries below.

As poet and artist Johanna Drucker once noted, "All works of written poetry are graphical, but only some take advantage of that in interesting ways." What will you be sending us? :)
Quote from: Joshua St. Claire on May 24, 2024, 02:33:58 AM
Quote from: greg schwartz on May 23, 2024, 09:55:06 AMThanks Joshua! Where did you find those guidelines? They're no longer listed on the Prune Juice site like in years past.

I got them from an email blast from Failed Haiku.

I didn't see it on either website, either, which is what made me initially inquire. Perhaps it will be announced on the website(s) closer to the time.

Good luck!

The info is now posted on the site:
Announcement from Colin Stewart-Jones:

Scottish Haiku Society and Scottish Haiku Group

Facebook will be the home of 'Puddock'
an edited journal of Haiku and related genres.
(Puddock is the Scots language word for frog)

Please send all submissions to 

If I accept your poetry it will be published on a dedicated Facebook page

New unpublished poetry only.

Send up to twenty works.

Please include your Facebook address, if you have one.

Works previously accepted for 'Puddock' that were not published due to unforeseen circumstances and have not found another home can be resent with a cover note

Individual poetry remains copyright ©️ author but we ask you cite  'Puddock' as first publication.

'Puddock'  is a Gean Tree Press publication.
'Puddock'  holds copyright of the journal as a collection.  ©️ Gean Tree Press
Thanks for posting this information, Kat!

Deadline: Open from 1 May 2024 to 31 May 2024, results will be posted by the end of June 2024.
Sponsor: The United Haiku and Tanka Society.
Coordinator: Marilyn Humbert, Australia.
Adjudication: an'ya, USA.
Eligibility: Open to everyone worldwide.
Awards: This contest is FREE for up to 10 entries, all rights remain with the tanka poets. Printable Award Certificates will be emailed to the winners for First, Second, Third, and one Honorable Mention. (see below).

Submit: Entries must be the author's original work, be unpublished and never posted publicly anywhere, and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time it takes to complete the judging. This contest is un-themed, and open to all age groups worldwide, any season is acceptable, and there is no specific syllable requirement with the exception of a short, long, short, long, long rhythm written in 5 horizontal lines of text.

Contest Coordinator's Note: "All entrants will be advised that I have received their entry, but if you haven't heard from me within 7 days, please re-send.", Marilyn Humbert

Entry Fee: None, it's FREE
Guidelines: Use the subject heading FLEETING WORDS, and type each individual tanka in the body of your email; no attachments, please. Include your name, country, and email contact. Email your entries to mhumbert1953@ gmail dot com (no political, offensive, or inappropriate material).
Notification: ONLY the winners will be notified via email, (and if you have no email address available, (please provide a proxy email address.) If you do not hear anything from us by 15 June 2024 your entries are automatically free to submit elsewhere. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered, so please read very carefully.
Publication: The winning tanka will be featured in late June 2024 on the UHTS website along with the judges' commentary. Thank you for participating and good luck to all.
Autumn Moon Haiku Journal - Submission Guidelines

Submissions or queries to:

Rules for Submission:

Haiku submitted should be in accordance with the haiku spirit, sensibility and phrasing discussed in About Autumn Moon Haiku Journal. Please read this updated section prior to submitting.

Send up to TWO original unpublished haiku for each issue through email (Subject line: Autumn Moon Haiku Journal) in the body of the email, no attachments allowed, to:
Write each haiku in your original language, if not English, with an English translation, which might be smoothed out by the editors.

Each haiku should ideally be structured in three short/long/short horizontal lines, though one line horizontal haiku and other forms will be considered. If seasonal, the haiku submitted should be in accordance with the seasons of the issue for which it is submitted.

Please note that given the fact we only look at the haiku submitted, to be impartial, closer to the submission deadline, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions by email prior to that. You may hear a few days before the deadline if your haiku was accepted. You will NOT hear until after the deadline if your haiku was rejected.

Deadlines for submission: Autumn/Winter, November 1st & Spring/Summer, May 1st.
Publication: Spring/Summer appears in mid-May to June, Autumn/Winter appears in mid-November to December.


The journal is not responsible for plagiarized haiku, intentional or unintentional, though the haiku poet's sincerity in this matter is of course expected as you are expressing your own sensibility and insight.


Up to three haiku inspired by insects (or spiders or millipedes or other related arthropods).

Submissions for 2024 will be accepted  through to June 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.

Please submit your haiku using the form:
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