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Tanka Poem Contest  August 13, 2013 - August 27, 2013

Contest Completed


2nd Place - I ain't got nobody (Tanka #2)
3rd Place - Winter In the South
Honorable Mention - Storm at Dawn
Honorable Mention - his eyes
Honorable Mention - a silver ring


The subject of this contest is to write a Tanka poem.

If you can write a Haiku, you can make the leap to a Tanka. Tanka is a Japanese form of poetry that dates back over 1200 years. It is similar to Haiku except that it has 5 lines using 5/7/5/7/7 form. It is unrhymed. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. The use of similes and metaphors sets the Tanka apart from most Japanese forms.

NOTE: You may enter traditional 5/7/5/7/7 Tanka poems or Modern Tanka Poems of 5 lines and 20-21 syllables. Or, if you want to really go Modern, throw out the syllable count. You should still keep the 5 lines of traditional tanka but free yourself without the constraints of syllable count as found in many American Tanka poems.

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You may submit up to 2 poems. Please keep your poems under 18 age appropriate as this contest is for everyone.

Have Fun and Good Luck!


Ravyne Hawke
Ravyne Hawke
Somewhere, VA


9 Contestants
13 Submissions
Created Aug 13, 2013