Welcome to tinywords 17.1

We begin our new issue 17.1 with a double dose of nature’s visual fireworks. First, there are the myriad of colorful fish darting around this lively coral reef (photo by Q. Phia) which acts as this issue’s backdrop. Second, we present the winners of our most recent writing prompt challenge. There were so many wonderful entries it was hard to choose just one. So, congratulations to Sondra J. Byrnes and Lee Nash who kick things off with their winning submissions to our photo prompt of the northern lights. So many of the entries this time around were particularly fine that we’re sure you’ll find lots to enjoy, so we hope you look them over. The more than 200 entries read like a complete issue in and of themselves.

Thanks again to our Assistant Editors, Polona Oblak and Ruth Holzer. And another round of thankful applause to Dylan Tweney, founding editor and Technical Director who continues to make tinywords possible.

As we start things off here on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, it is of course fall again elsewhere. So as tinywords 17.1 continues all the way into the warm depths of July here in north America, we’ll poetically meander throughout all the seasons along the way. Thanks for traveling with us.


Kathe L. Palka

Peter Newton

Editors, tinywords


Prompt Winners



another blind date aurora borealis

Sondra J. Byrnes


my late night
mystery caller
Northern Lights

Lee Nash

14 Responses

  1. Lynne Rees Says:

    Loving the 'blind date' haiku – such originality and freshness.

  2. Gary Michael Dault Says:

    Northern Lights
    my snowball moon

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Congratulations to Sondra J. Byrnes and Lee Nash! :-)

    I love the 'interplay' both within each haiku and with each other, well deserved choices.

    warmest regards,


    Alan Summers,
    President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

  4. Gary Michael Dault Says:

    Aurora Borealis
    meets my father
    hands him my flowers

  5. dvdoates Says:

    How do I connect with the rest of the issue? Or is it not available yet? Sorry if I'm missing something obvious.

  6. Alan Summers Says:

    Don't worry, the next issue has not started yet.

    Top right you can click onto and subscribe via:

    warm regards,


  7. d. f. tweney Says:

    We publish one poem per day, so the issue will unfold over the next several months. Enjoy!

  8. Carol Raisfeld Says:

    Congratulations to Sondra J. Byrnes and Lee Nash!!
    I love both haiku…original and light.


  9. Debbie Feller Says:

    So wonderful! Congratulations! What a great way to start off spring. :)

  10. Joanna Ashwell Says:

    multi-coloured dreams
    auroa borealis
    night -sky painter

    Joanna Ashwell

  11. Dianne Says:

    beautiful haiku — and responses — thank you

  12. janewilliams Says:

    Subtle and evocative. Lovely choices, both. Rewarding rereads.

  13. magyar Says:

    __ Above, the good steps into Tinywords 17-1. _m

    ego clash
    studies colors merged
    the lesson

  14. marykendall Says:

    Both so perfect. Congratulations, Sondra and Lee.

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