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West Hartford Libraries Holding ‘Tanka’ Poetry Contest

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West Hartford’s library buildings are closed to the public, but submissions are being accepted for a ‘tanka’ poetry contest based on the theme of someone you love.


Write a poem about someone you love! Create a Japanese-style poem called a tanka (a tanka is a 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line). Tell us in a tanka about someone you love. Anyone you love a lot!

There are prizes involved. The first prize winner will win $100. The second prize winner will win $50. And, the third prize winner will win $25.

All submitted poems will be judged by three well-known poets from the Connecticut area, including Julie Choffel, West Hartford’s poet laureate, together with former poets laureate Jim Finnegan and Dennis Barone.  The poems will be judged on creativity, originality, and the manner in which your loved one is highlighted.

Poems will be accepted now through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 5.

For examples of “Tanka” poems and official rules, please go here: bit.ly/WHpoetry

For more information, please email: [email protected] or call the Information Desk at 860-561-6990. Contest made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest.

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