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Announcing Poetry Contest

Poetry has been an important category of publications on T Ching since the origins sixteen years ago. Poetry is also an important aspect of teaism and tea culture around the world. So we would like to increase our appreciation of the creative spirit inspired by tea and offer this platform for poets to share their work. So, for “Poetry Month”, the month of March, we would like to encourage poets to consider tea for their inspiration.

Some of these are posted on the Poetry Category Page. These include the monthly poetry and art contributions by Jennifer Cook as well as past haiku. T Ching has sponsored poetry contests in the past, but this is the first time we will be offering prizes.

Tea Themes

The tea experience, tea lifestyle or even tea history can be meaningful sub-themes for your poems. Poetry can be serious or humorous and it can be for adults or children. In the future, based on the response to this first contest, we will consider adding awards in multiple categories. But, for this first event, all variations on tea structure and audience will be consiered equally.


All submissions will be electronic, using our form.  You may make multiple submissions, but must use separate forms for each poem.

Settings on the form will automatically confirm that your poem has been received. But, to insure that technology doesn’t create a crack in communication, a human member of our committee will also email you to confirm receipt of your poem and confirm that it meets all guidelines or will give you the opportunity to resubmit. If you do not receive the human-generated email, please contact T Ching’s publisher, Babette Donaldson. ( Babette @ TChing.com )

Tea Poetry Contest Submission Rules and Guidelines

  • Poems must have a significant and meaningful tea theme.
  • This competition is open to all tea lovers. 
  • Submissions must be made using T Ching’s electronic submission form. 
  • Poets can make multiple submissions but must submit each poems using a separate electronic form.
  • Submissions must be submitted in English but may also include versions in other languages. Publication of finalists will include up to two different language versions for voting by readership.
  • There are no poetry categories for 2022. 
  • Submissions must be original by the submitting poet. 
  • Poems submitted by another person are not acceptable.
  • There is no reading or submission fee. 
  • Poems must be no longer than 40 lines or 500 words.
  • Use an easy-to-read font such as Times or Times New Roman, size 12 point. Single-space except between stanzas.
  • Poems that have been previously published are acceptable.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. 
  • Submissions must be made electronically using our submission form. Click Link
  • Submission form must include the name of the author and email address.
  • Receipt of submission will be acknowledged within 48 hours. 

Determination of Finalists and Final Winners

  • All submissions will be evaluated by a T Ching poetry committee. Up to ten finalists will be chosen.
  • Finalists will be announced and published for reading on Apr 5, 2022.
  • Final winners will be selected by T Ching subscribed readers.
  • Winners will be announced on May 1, 2022
  • T Ching reserves the right to declare no winner in any year that none of the manuscripts submitted meets our literary standards.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may cause your entry to be disqualified without notification.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for clarification.

Tea Poetry Contest 2022 Prizes

  • First place winner will receive $100 prize.
  • Second place winner will receive $50.
  • Third place winner will receive$25.