An Invitation to the Tanka Cafe
of the most popular features of our poetry journal, Ribbons, is "The Tanka Café"
where TSA members are invited to submit tanka verses on a designated theme for
the next issue. The themes for past issues have included: summer skies, sons and
daughters, ice, beginnings, giving and receiving, portraits, and love. Each
theme is meant to both inspire and challenge you.
Participation is as simple as first, being a member of the TSA (if you aren't already, go to How to Become A Member), then writing your verse, and e-mailing it right to Chef Michael at: MchlMcClintock@aol.com.
Besides a very generous menu of published verses on a theme at the café, there is always a featured "Member's Choice Tanka" which might very well be your tanka. Here's how it works: with each issue of Ribbons, a "Member's Choice Tanka" will be selected from the previous installment of "The Tanka Café" to receive an honorarium of $25. This ongoing award has been made possible through a generous grant from an anonymous donor. All poems appearing in each installment of "The Tanka Café" will be eligible for this recognition. Each recipient of the "Member's Choice Tanka" award is asked to make the next selection and choose two commended poems from the subsequent set, and to offer a few comments regarding their choice for the award.
So come to "The Tanka Café" and enjoy the fare. Who knows? Your verse might just be the featured dish on the next menu!
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