Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 One Man’s Maple Moon: Call for Tanka Submissions

A haiku or a tanka without "rhetoric" was likely to be no more than a brief observation without poetic tension or illumination.

-- Donald Keene, The Winter Sun Shines in: A Life of Masaoka Shiki, p 57.

Send your best published tanka (please provide publication credits) or new work and a bio sketch (50 words max.) with the subject heading "Published or Unpublished Tanka, Your Name, Submitted Date" to Chen-ou Liu  via email at neverendingstory_tanka(at)  And place your tanka directly in the body of the email. DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS.

No more than twenty tanka per submission and no simultaneous submissions. And please wait for at least three months for another new submission. Deadline: December 1, December 31, 2015.

Please note that only those whose tanka are selected for publication will be notified within three weeks, and that no other notification will be sent out, so your works are automatically freed up after three weeks to submit elsewhere.

The accepted tanka will be translated into Chinese and posted on NeverEnding Story and Twitter (You are welcome to follow me on NeverEnding Story,, or on Twitter at @storyhaikutanka). The best 66 tanka will be included in the anthology, which is scheduled to be published in July of 2016, and the poet whose poem is chosen as the best tanka of the year will be given a 3-page space to feature the tanka of his/her choice. Each poet in the anthology  will receive a copy of the e-book edition.

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