On these pages
we wish to publish tanka written or translated by Society members.
We invite your submissions at any time and very much encourage
you to present collections of poems as well as individual tanka.
Submissions should be written in either English (see note below)
or Japanese and will be peer-reviewed before appearing online.
We are open to discuss presentation styles and generally aim to
publish your work as either web pages or Word document/ PDF files.
We look forward to building up a rich and diverse collection of
Writing Tanka: Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry which consists
of 31 syllables in five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7. When Japanese
tanka are translated into English the syllabic units are usually
written as five lines, but the syllable count is not adhered to.
The Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society recognises tanka written in
English which have 31 syllables, or 32 syllables at most. We also
accept tanka written in English in a freer style, which may be
shorter than 31 syllables. We are also happy to accept tanka
written in Japanese.