Submissions to tinywords 21.2 — and a new writing prompt

photo of a sunrise over a landscape of rocks, lichen, wildflowers, and still water

The heat of summer is still with us here in the northern hemisphere but fall is on the way.  TINYWORDS 21.1 has now ended with Joanne van Helvoort’s  “deep autumn”. The submission window for TINYWORDS 21.2 opened on August 1st, so if you haven’t yet and would like to, please send us your small poems, haiga, or brief haibun to be considered for our next issue: TINYWORDS 21.2.

Sending work to TINYWORDS is a simple two-step process. Just check out our Guidelines and click on the Submissions Page from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31st, 2021. One month window, as usual.

To keep things interesting while we work on the new issue, we present a new writing prompt. This image by “Knowsphotos” titled “Cadillac Mountain Sunrise” was taken in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA.  You can check out more of their photography at knowsphotos.com.  We hope this magical and serene vision of the sunrise — from the location in North America where it is first visible — conjures a short poem or two. Maybe one of a brighter future.

Be sure to share it with us: Leave your best efforts in response to the photo prompt in the comment box below and the TINYWORDS editorial team will share the best of the best in TINYWORDS 21.2, due out in late September, 2021.

Thanks again for dropping by. We look forward to reading what you have to say.

57 Responses

  1. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    soaking up
    the last of summer's heat
    my old bones

  2. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    first light
    before the mountain
    the sea

  3. martin1223 Says:

    before the light
    the morning star

  4. Amada Burgard Says:

    she grows
    between the sun and sea
    her shadow

  5. Catherine E Donnelly Says:

    Twilight sun appears
    Before is clears the horizon
    Atmospheric refraction

  6. Catherine E Donnelly Says:

    Early risers
    Treated with twighlight palate
    Peaceful beginnings

  7. martin1223 Says:

    approaching autumn
    a chill in my dream

  8. ingridbaluchi Says:

    unsettled land
    how blessed
    this serenity

  9. ingridbaluchi Says:

    awakenings
    each bloom in turn
    sun-kissed

  10. ingridbaluchi Says:

    seasons end
    trampled headlands
    breathe again

  11. Alan Summers Says:

    buddha rays
    the blue-eyed-grass
    in each sunrise

    Alan Summers

  12. Michael Henry Lee Says:

    summer’s end
    imaginary friends go
    their own separate ways

  13. Guy Stephenson Says:

    an ice-scraped land
    before the frosts return
    blossoms

  14. fjbergmann Says:

    cool day at the shore
    old pyroclastic flow
    under my feet

  15. Kathleen Trocmet Says:

    first north wind
    summer passes
    faster each year

  16. Sanjuktaa A Says:

    twilight dawn
    the fading blue
    in a blue jay's song

  17. Kathleen Trocmet Says:

    at the deep end
    the sky paints purple
    along the horizon

  18. Marianne Paul Says:

    following the sun
    the barnacled back
    of a gray whale

  19. Alli Tripp Says:

    Skinned knee I hug

    The rocks then myself rising,

    Run again to Sunshine

  20. Gillena Cox Says:

    sunrise comes again
    steeped in choirs of birdsong –
    smile of gratitude

  21. Laurie Greer Says:

    end of summer…
    a touch of wistfulness
    in the day flower

  22. kjmunro Says:

    this uneven path
    steppingstones
    too far apart

  23. JerseyJoe46 Says:

    after goodbye
    the place I go
    to be myself

    Joseph P. Wechselberger

  24. Laurie Greer Says:

    blue hour
    my melancholy self-corrects
    twice a day

  25. Ris Daniels Says:

    soft call of an owl
    echoing the serenity of
    sapphire twilight

  26. cednie Says:

    her granite bosom
    lifted toward the east
    catches first light

  27. Sam Bateman Says:

    Cadillac sunrise
    a few dark clouds
    notwithstanding

  28. Ram Chandran Says:

    highlighting the riots of colours,
    a brush of grey clouds…

  29. jeanie tomasko Says:

    i miss you

  30. Kathleen Trocmet Says:

    sea-scented air
    flows over the dunes
    shades of emotions
    as we walk home
    into the sunrise

  31. Cindy Tebo Says:

    20th
    wedding anniversary
    we traverse
    the same rocky ground
    that brought us together

  32. David H. Rosen Says:

    Sun
    sea &
    rock n roll

  33. Ling Ge Says:

    sun rises
    on Cadillac Mountain
    wild flowers grow
    in volcanic remains
    from millions of years ago

  34. Rich Schilling Says:

    mountain sunrise
    the road to get there
    gridlocked

  35. ingridbaluchi Says:

    So often the case. How we humans need a bit of sanity to get away from the reality we make ourselves.

  36. Maurice Nevile Says:

    at first light
    the mountain
    glows again

  37. Maurice Nevile Says:

    a new sun
    the world forms
    once again

  38. Dru Philippou Says:

    autumn walk . . .
    my mother's shadow
    lengthens into dusk

  39. JerseyJoe46 Says:

    the cool breeze off Frenchman Bay
    at sunrise
    a whale's song

    Joseph P. Wechselberger

  40. Maurice Nevile Says:

    stillness
    only the sun
    moving

  41. Maurice Nevile Says:

    rippled rock
    the mountain flexes
    a muscle

  42. Sam Bateman Says:

    sunrise outlines
    the dark shapes
    of roosting owls

  43. Mark Childs Says:

    dawn on lichen
    granite flowers

  44. Margaret Mahony Says:

    fleeting beauty

    yellow dusk

  45. JerseyJoe46 Says:

    sunrise …
    from across the bay faint sounds
    of a whale's song

    Joseph P. Wechselberger

  46. Rich Schilling Says:

    wildflowers
    the calm before
    the storm

  47. Helen Buckingham Says:

    sun rises

    climbs to shore

    dripping lapis lazuli

  48. JerseyJoe46 Says:

    sunrise …
    autumn's colors
    brighten

    Joseph P. Wechselberger

  49. Marion Clarke Says:

    blue peach and gold mandatory sunrise

  50. Helen Buckingham Says:

    mere ticks on the skin

    of a magic blue dragon

    it's time we let live

  51. Helen Buckingham Says:

    sunrise over sea rocks a world not yet sunk

  52. Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă Says:

    end of summer…
    the chill sinking
    into my bones

  53. Anna Goluba Says:

    Sunrise on Mars
    One of the landscapes on the way
    To myself

  54. d. f. tweney Says:

    mottled
    blue marble
    play with care

    -Helen Buckingham

  55. Ann Reese Says:

    Night Hawks
    Steadily Silently
    Winging as One.
    Summer's Gone.

  56. alaka y Says:

    sunrise…
    the breeze and I
    hold our breath

  57. Rama Balasubramanian Says:

    sun scatters golden
    blocks over rocks sea and sky …
    peace permeates
    sea and sky merge seamlessly
    flowers glow in warm sun

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