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Tanka Poetry Contest PRIZE $100 DEADLINE February 22

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.

An Example:
Peaceful solitude (5)
intrinsic to our spirit (7)
lost in pensive thought (5)
standing on the edge of time (7)
the road to nowhere special. (7)
– by Cheri L. Ahner

Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza.

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.