Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Rules

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




CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 





This challenge is for SYLLABIC Poetry ONLY

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

Use for finding 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 poetry.

The Rules

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time.  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post. Then, send me your name, the title of your poem, the #type of poem, a link-back to your post, and the poem to

Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Mountain Standard time – Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Please don’t be late submitting your poetry to me on Sunday. You must submit your poem by email to If it’s not in my email, I will not publish your poem on the recap. The recaps takes a couple of hours to compile. Thank You. ❤

As a courtesy to the participants for their participation, each Monday, I will compile and publish a Weekly Recap of the poems. Monday’s date gives me a chance to add everyone’s poetry from the previous week before the next challenge post on Tuesday.

Each week, I will highlight a poet who I call the “Poet of the Week,” who has shared an exceptional message, or shown impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. 

Starting in 2019, I will compile a PDF of the 2019 Poets of the Week and the honorable mentions. The PDF will include their poem and a link to their blog. This PDF will be available as a free download in January 2020. I’ll share more information at the end of the year.

Poetry Challenge Participants – Please visit, comment, and share the poems of the other participants. Peer comments are most helpful in a poet’s journey. ❤

The rules are simple.

Below is the monthly schedule for the challenge. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Please follow the rules to whatever poetry form you select. 

FYI: Since WordPress has changed the editor it is almost impossible for me to go to your blog and grab your poetry because of the formatting. For example, I use the new editor and for those who do not (most of you) I have to cut and paste your poem into a Word document as unformatted text, reformat it, and cut and paste it again into my blog post. Even then, I still have issues with line spacing, etc. I would like to continue to publish a Recap of your fine work. Your help is so appreciated. ❤

Instead of link-backs, and because of WordPress blog formatting issues, please submit your poem by email to:

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

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (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

Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Ready to write some syllabic poetry?