United Haiku and Tanka Society
"Fleeting Words" Tanka Contest

Fleeting Words is our newest UHTS Contest, and we hope that it will encourage others to learn to write the classic form of tanka. Any subject is acceptable and syllable count is not an issue, however a tanka rhythm of short, long, short, long, long that distinguishes it from a short poem, is important. Please consider sending multiple tanka so we have plenty to choose from.

You are encouraged to submit in your native language in addition to your English submission.


GUIDELINES: Entries that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered, so please read this information very carefully. Please email your submissions in English in the body of an email (only) directly to Marianna.Monaco@gmail.com, with the words "UHTS "aha" contest" in the subject header, and include your name, country, and email address.

Do "not" use the cattails Submissions guidelines for contests.

SUBMISSION PERIOD & DEADLINE: May 1-August 15 of each year.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email, shortly after the deadline, and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods.

SPONSOR: United Haiku and Tanka Society.

COORDINATOR: Marianna Monaco, USA.

ADJUDICATION: Names of the two judges will be announced concurrently with the winners.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to the public and all UHTS members, but not to UHTS Officers, Team Members, the contest coordinator, or judges.


SUBMISSIONS: There is a 10 poem limit on the number of submissions. If more than 10 poems are submitted, only the first 10 poems will be entered. Entries must be the original work of the author, be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. If a submitter discovers after the fact that a poem has already been published, let us know and we will pull the poem from the contest. No revisions or replacements will be accepted. This contest is not themed, and is open to all age groups worldwide.

FORMATTING: If a poem is submitted in more than one language, we will be delighted. Please put the poem in English first, and then below that, put the poem in the other language. (Do not put the poems side by side). This will greatly facilitate the recording of your poems by the contest coordinator.

If you have any problems sending your submissions by email, please let our contest coordinator know.

NOTIFICATION: The winners (only) will be notified. If you do not hear anything back from us by September 1, your entries are automatically free for you to submit elsewhere.