Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 117, “Poet’s Choice of Words”


There are some NEW poetry submission rules… so, please read the entire post.

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

It’s the first of the month! That means the poets get to choose their own words!

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. <3

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. <3


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of syllabic poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication to literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.


For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:




CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 





Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the challenge participant’s poems.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the poems from the submission forms to the Monday Recap. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple

If it’s the first poetry challenge of the month, poets choose their own words. (Synonyms are not necessary). Otherwise, for the rest of the month, I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. 

Don’t use the prompt words – synonyms only. You must use the submission form on the challenge post to be part of the challenge. No ping backs, for poetry submission. Ping backs to the challenge are fine. Thank you. <3

After you’ve published your poem on your own blog, copy and paste your poem into the form below. Then, click the SUBMIT button. (WordPress limits on the titles, so use the key below to know what to fill in the blanks). This form generates an email to me.

  • Name = Your Name
  • Name = Title of Poem & Type of Poem ex: “Starlight,” A Haiku
  • Website = Your website
  • Message = Your Poem

By participating in this challenge, you agree to allow me to publish your poem in a 2019 PDF collection of poetry if you are selected as the Poet of the Week. This collection will be available in January 2020 as a free download from my site.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY.

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Visit Robbie Cheadle’s POETRY SHARING GROUP on Facebook JOIN TODAY!

Robbie Cheadle has set up a public group on Facebook called: “Poetry Sharing Group.”  Please share each other’s poems to this group. I think this is a great way to share our work with other poets. Mind your manners. For every share, you must comment on another post in the group. Please click the link above to join this group. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you. <3

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Happy First of the month challenge! “Poet’s Choice of Words”

Have fun and write some poetry!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. I got mine in just before the deadline! 🙂 Like others, I still link to this, so people can find your challenge.

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  5. Hi I’ve filled in the submission form Colleen. It’s a bunch of Shadorma so I chose the first few that sat well with the title. My post is here:

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  7. Happy New Year, Colleen! Welcome back! Thanks for another poetry challenge. Enjoy the 1st weekend of 2019. Here’s my contribution for this week. <3 xo

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  11. Happy New Year Colleen! I am under the weather, but adding a haiku.

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  17. Happiness & Health to you in 2019 Colleen!

  18. Happy New Year, Colleen! Here’s my latest:

    I submitted via the form, too! Question: My post has video as well as links. I didn’t include them in the form. Should I have?


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  20. A very big Happy New Year to my special friend Colleen, with hugs included. How exciting to have a round up of great poets at the end of the year. My paws are itching to get started ❤🐾

  21. Welcome back! Happy New Year, Colleen! I love the new addition to your “Poet of the Week”. How exciting!

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  23. Happy New Year, Colleen 🙂 Like Trent, I link to your post so that others can find the challenge if they want to participate.

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  25. Happy New Year! I know, I am bad, I am put in a ping back, but it is so people can find this week’s challenge. Anyway, I hope your holidays were good and that you are ready for 2019!

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  27. Happy New Year, Colleen 💖

  28. Happy New Year, Colleen!

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