Competition 2020

MoonInk - relieving stress by increasing mindfulness

MoonInk have launched a Tanka poetry competition for High Schools in London and the South East.

If your school is interested in entering contact us at for a free copy of the Tanka Poetry Workshop Pack which provides everything required to run a workshop.

Schools will be able to use the workshop material to facilitate group activities where students will write their own Tanka poems. Ten poems from each school can be entered into the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology competition.

The deadline for submissions is the 30 June 2020.

One poem will be chosen from each school taking part to be published in the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology to be published in November 2020.

The authors of the published poems will each receive a copy of the anthology as a prize and the poems will be published on YouTube.

MoonInk will be contacting High Schools in London and the South East throughout January and February to invite them to take part.

Tanka is a Japanese style of poetry dating back to the 5th Century and the poems are written about nature, the seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions, using strong imagery with a focus on the 5 senses.

Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Reading and writing poetry can help people become more mindful and can relieve stress, trauma, feeling down, and other well-being challenges.

The MoonInk mission is to bring poetry to life by taking the verse out of the book and into the world to gain a wider audience for the poetry in our lives and we are sharing social responsibility by developing the mindfulness and well-being of the people living in our communities.

Terms & Conditions of the MoonInk Tanka Poetry Competition 2020

The poetry competition is open to secondary schools located in London and the South East only.

A free copy of the Tanka Poetry Workshop material is available on request from

Each school can enter 10 Tanka poems into the competition.

MoonInk will select one poem from each school to be published in the MoonInk Tanka Poetry Anthology 2020.

Entries must be emailed to by the 30 June 2020.

The email subject must contain the name of the school, town and postcode.

The email should contain the name and contact details of the primary contact at the school.

The 10 poems must be set out as a list in one email and each poem must be listed with the name of the author, name of the school and town.

Only Tanka poems written in the traditional format with 5 lines will be accepted.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant(s) and should not have been previously published.

MoonInk accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Terms and Conditions and entrants agree to indemnify MoonInk from any breach of these Terms and Conditions.

An automatic response to each submission email will be sent to acknowledge receipt.

MoonInk’s decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. MoonInk are unable to comment on individual entries.

Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted in respect of their entry and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

MoonInk reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of the Terms and Conditions.

The competition is organised by MoonInk® which is a registered trademark in the UK.

Copyright remains with the poet. However, finalists’ poems may be used by MoonInk free of charge in promotional material, publication, display, presentation or press for up to six years from the closing date of entry.

Closing date for receipt of entries is the 30th June 2020.