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TANKA ME A COLOR - Poetry Contest


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Andrea Dietrich

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6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Contest Description

What to Submit?

Recently I was impressed by two poetry contests here at Soup: the one where you had to write a tanka about your favorite color of rose and also the recently judged contest on color! Joining in with that same theme, I want you to combine the two ideas. I would like ONE TANKA on your favorite color. The TANKA should make me feel the essence of your color. Use any or all of the five senses to get across the beauty of your color and/or the emotions it evokes. Don't TELL/ Just SHOW ME.

RULES: I won't be tracking people down any more if they don't follow the rules. You must follow these easy rules or be eliminated:

RULE 1: ONE tanka only and a tanka about your favorite color ( I accept traditional 5/7/5/7/ 7 line rule OR the modern way with fewer syllables.)

RULE 2:  Follow the rules of good tanka. Here is a website that explains very well how to write a good tanka:

RULE 3: NO NAMES. I like to be surprised. If there is a name on it, I'm sorry, it won't be on the list.

RULE 4: DATE your poem and make it a NEW ONE. If it is from a previous contest, I will probably have seen it!! 

RULE 5: The TITLE is the NAME OF THE COLOR: That way I will know not to click on your poem and see your poem before I have judged the contest.

That's it. PLEASE PLEASE follow my rules!! I hate to disappoint good writers!

And here is an example, one of my poems on the color blue:

Bluebells bloom in spring;
blue birds sweep cerulean skies;
azure seas shimmer. . . .
Why then is a word like blue
used when folks are feeling sad?

Prizes: number of placements determined at time of judging.

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. 

English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.