Chanso is French in origin consisting of five or six stanzas with an envoy that is roughly half the size of a regular stanza. A regular stanza is a poet’s choice. It can be a tercet, a quatrain, a quintain, a 6- or 10-line stanza, etc. So, if the poet chooses a quatrain as their regular stanza, the envoy will be half its size (two lines for a quatrain since it is a 4-line verse). Also, Chanso form follows the following rules:

~each line of the poem has the same number of syllables
~each stanza has the same length and rhyme scheme, which means that if the poet chooses 6 syllables per line, and the stanza follows the abba rhyme scheme, ALL five or six stanzas will have the same syllable count/line and the same rhyme scheme.
~the envoy will be half


  1. The submitted poem must have a title (Keep it simple with no punctuation marks; all words more than 3 letters must be capitalised)
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit –though only the first submitted poem will be qualified for contention.
  3. Previously published or plagiarised works will not be considered for contention.
  4. Poems found to have been shared on another platform or blog before the declaration of results stand disqualified from the event, and the writer of such content stands to be disqualified for the next Penmancy event.
  5. In case a poem is received after the submission deadline, it shall be considered as a guest entry and shall not qualify for the event.
  6. Entries that don’t follow rules will be published and shared on the page and group but are disqualified for winning.

Winning criteria:

The announcement of winners may be postponed or preponed depending on the number of entries received.

The winners of the event shall receive one of these books by Beetashok Chatterjee.

This book was extended for #PenmancyBookNook Author Spotlight program.

Below are the submissions