8th International Tanka Festival – Karuizawa, Japan: June,2016

The Japan Tanka Poets’ Society is pleased to announce its 8th meeting, to be held on 5-6 June, 2016, at Karuizawa in Japan.

The ITF 2016 Karuizawa Competition for tanka writing will be directly linked to this meeting. (Please see below for entry details).

Times and Dates: Sunday, 5 June, 2016 (12:30p.m.-17:00 p.m.)

Reception: Sunday, 5 June (17:30 p.m. – 19:00 p.m.)

One day trip in Karuizawa: Monday, 6 June, 2016

Other features of the meeting: Speeches; poetry readings; award ceremony for prize-winning poems from the ITF 2016 Karuizawa tanka writing competition.

Meeting place: Grand XIV Karuizawa

Address: Karuizawa-machi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Telephone: 0267-46-3331

Call for entries for the ITF 2016 Karuizawa Competition (tanka):

Poets eligible: Open to everyone

Entry Fee: None
Number of poems allowable: Any number of tanka may be submitted.

Submission Period: 1 October – 25 November, 2015

Address for submissions:

ITF 2016 Karuizawa Competition
c/o Nihon Kajin Club
Shuei Bldg. 2F, 1-12-5 Higashigotanda,
Shinagawa ku, Tokyo, 141-0022


1) Tanka must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

2) Entries are to be posted by mail only.

3) Each tanka should be supplied on a separate sheet of paper, which should measure approximately 18 cm x 25.5 cm in width and length.

4) Entrants should place their name and address on the left-hand side of each sheet of paper (one per poem).

5) The tanka itself should then be placed on the right-hand side of the same sheet.

6) Only poems entered in this way will be accepted.

7) Any theme is acceptable.

8) Only tanka written in a five-line form will be acceptable.

9) Winning tanka and commended tanka will be published in the Festival brochure.

10) Judging is anonymous.

Prizes: The Tanka Journal Prize
     Several publishing company prizes.