Saturday, January 3, 2009

Modern English Tanka - Winter 2008 Out - Submission Call for Spring 2009

MET 10, Winter 2008, has been published in print and digital editions. The print edition and the PDF ebook will be on sale the first week of January. The HTML version is posted online at This new issue includes 86 poets and is crammed full of wonderful new work. Check it out now!

Modern English Tanka

Issue Vol. 3, No. 3. Spring 2009

You are invited to submit tanka for the Spring 2009 issue of Modern English Tanka. The submission deadline is February 15, 2009. (Submissions will NOT close earlier than the deadline. )

Modern English Tanka is a quarterly journal—a print literary journal, a PDF ebook, and a digital online magazine—dedicated to publishing and promoting fine English tanka (including tanka written in cinquain and cinqku set forms). We are interested in both traditional and innovative verse of high quality and in all serious attempts to assimilate the best of the Japanese waka/tanka genres into a continuously developing English short verse tradition. In addition to
verse, we publish articles, essays, book notes & reviews, interviews, letters to the editor, etc., related to tanka.

MET specializes in single tanka but tanka in sets and sequences will be considered as well. Collaborative tanka sequences are generally not wanted but may be considered. The five-line criterion is generally definitive for tanka. MET will consider variant forms on an
individual basis (like everything else!). Serious poetry and adult themes are appreciated.

Doggerel and anything that is pornographic or in any way nasty, hateful, bigoted, or partisan political, will not be accepted. All such judgments will be made at the sole discretion of the editor.

Previously unpublished work, not on offer elsewhere, is solicited.

Email* up to 40 tanka, or email articles, reviews, essays, letters to the editor, etc., to the Editor at

Include this personal information with your email submission:

SUBJECT LINE: "Modern English Tanka submission - [Your Name]"


1. Name.
2. Email Address.
3. Bio sketch (75 words max. No live links are published online.)
Include your residential location: [City, State/Province] Country.
4. Age—check this box IF YOU ARE UNDER 16: [ ]—Younger than 16.
5. Submission: 1 to 40 poems

*Before submitting, please read the detailed submission guidelines on the website at

Modern English Tanka looks for top quality tanka in natural, modern English idiom.

No payment for publication. No contributor copies. Publishes a print edition (6" x 9" trade paperback) plus a PDF ebook and an online HTML digital edition.

Thank you for sharing this call widely.


Denis M. Garrison, Editor

Michael McClintock, Contributing Editor

Modern English Tanka
Baltimore, Maryland USA

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