Thursday, September 04, 2008

Best Canadian Tanka Poets

Dear Editors and Poets,

As you probably know by now, I am the editor-in-chief of Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, forthcoming from Modern English Tanka Press in 2009. I and my editorial team have set ourselves the goal of reading all tanka published in English during 2008, regardless of the source.

Therefore we would appreciate your help in getting the word out to Canadian tanka poets and editors. Due to the large number of works published we cannot afford to purchase all of them, although we do have the major tanka journals covered. We need especial help identifying and obtaining copies of works that are not as well known, such as poets' websites, chapbooks, non-traditional media, etc.

Any person, poet, or editor, may submit work for our consideration. Please send the published work as it appears, eg, the chapbook, journal issue, broadside, etc, to us. If finances are an issue, we can also accept PDFs and photocopies. Poets may not nominate individual poems of their own and loose leaf manuscripts of poems will not be accepted. Every tanka in a published work will be reviewed. Since we must track down the finalists for permission to reprint, and since the original publication swill be credited, it is necessary to have the copyright and business pages of the works from which the nominations are drawn.

Any poem is considered 'published' if it appears in a public forum, eg, a printed text, a website that is accessible to the general public (sites that require the user to log in are not 'published' and ineligible), a public exhibition or performance open to the general public, etc. It does not matter if the venue was edited or not; self-published materials are also eligible, provided they were made available to the general public. (Twenty copies of a broadside a poet gave only to friends and family are considered 'private circulation' and not eligible. Only if a random member of the public could have seen/obtained the work is it considered 'published.')

Please send printed works to:

Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka
P O Box 1118
Elkton, MD 21922-1118

All materials become the property of the editors and will not be returned.

Please email URLs, PDFs, and other web related material to: kujaku (at) verizon (dot) net. [Note to editors, please do not publish my email address as a link; I format it this way to foil spammers.)

Thank you for helping me to get the word out.



M. Kei
Editor-in-chief, Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka

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