Snipe Rising From a Marsh – Birds in Tanka

SNIPE RISING FROM A MARSH – BIRDS IN TANKA: An Atlas Poetica Special Feature

Call for submissions:

Tanka poets are invited to submit to a new Atlas Poetica Special Feature, Snipe Rising From a Marsh – Birds in Tanka. (This title is taken from a poem by the Twelfth Century Japanese master Saigyo.)

Tanka on offer should place a particular species of bird in a specific location or physical setting. The bird featured could share permanent residence of such a place with the writer; it may have been encountered on the poet’s travels; the bird might be migratory itself.

A place name must be attached to every tanka submitted, as well as a biological name for each species featured – given in Latin – along with a common name widely used in the identification of such a bird.

The due date for submissions will be December 12, 2011.

Comprised by 3 – 5 tanka per poet, contributions should be emailed to editor Rodney Williams at, using a title line that begins with “ATPO submission_Birds in Tanka”.

The poems offered are to be included in the body of the email, without attachments. Poems submitted cannot have been published previously, nor can they be currently under consideration elsewhere.

25 successful contributors will each have a single poem included when Snipe Rising From a Marsh – Birds in Tanka appears as an Atlas Poetica Special Feature in the early months of 2012.

M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica
A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka