Where Tanka Prose Grows: 2016

Welcome to the second round of Where Tanka Prose Grows  here at Mandy's Pages. Susan Burch and I welcome you to this friendly challenge.  The aim of this challenge is to create awareness about the beauty and intricacies of tanka prose, with the hopes that tanka poets may take that next step to blending tanka with prose / literature. 


First Place: USD 20.00 + Certificate

Second & Third Place: Certificates

Contest starts on September 10, 2016 and ends on October 9, 2016


Guidelines for Submission 


Theme: None / Poet's Choice

Form: Tanka Prose

Entry: Each participant is allowed to submit ONLY ONE entry to 'Where Tanka Prose Grows :2016' starting September 10, 2016. 'The challenge will end on October 09, 2016. 

Submissions have to be original and unpublished tanka prose . (Tanka prose shared via social media will not be accepted.)

There will be no entry fee for "Where Tanka Prose Grows :2016" participation.

Email your entries to Susan Burch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We start accepting submissions from September 10, to October 9, 2016. 

Subject for the email will be: Where Tanka Prose Grows 2016: Tanka Prose Title (eg: Where Tanka Prose Grows 2016: A Winter's Night) 

You will add details such as name and location below your tanka prose in the body of the email.

Please do not send any attachments along with your email. Each tanka prose entry should  have a unique title, and  be neatly spaced in the body of the email.

We request that you do not disclose your submissions online at public discussions prior to judging. 


Judging Procedure 

  1. 'Where Tanka Prose Grows: 2016' runs from September 10, 2016 – October 09, 2016. Judging will take place after the challenge ends.
  2. Each participant will have to judge the list of entries in order to be an active participant for the respective round. Failure to judge the entries will automatically disqualify the entrant from scoring points.
  3. Each participant will receive the list of submissions by email.
  4. Entries will be anonymous.
  5. You are not allowed to rate your own submission.
  6. Rating will follow a specific pattern. Each participant has a total of 7 points to distribute between the tanka prose of their choice. These 7 points may be awarded to tanka  prose as 1, 2 or 3 points each, with 3 points awarded to only one entry from the list. There may be multiple scores of 1 and 2 points each (totaling to 7).   You may add your constructive comments along with your scores. 
  7. All scores will be tallied to determine the winners.
  8. The results of 'Where Tanka Prose Grows: 2016' will be announced by the end of October.
  9. The top three entries will be posted on the website.
  10. Each winning entry will receive a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from Mandy’s Pages.