Cover Art






Author, Country



Heike Gewi, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Karen O'Leary, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR


January / February 2011 Poem the Picture Contest


Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send your entry to by February 24, 2011.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image.



Cover Art


Author, Country


Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook November / December 2010 "winter clouds" Kukai Results

Sketchbook November / December 2010 "first snow" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of November / December 2010 Poem This Picture - Contest

The following XXX poets from XX countries contributed XX poems to this contest.

Author, Country

Country list:


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel


by Helen-Bar Lev

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing March 2011 Newsletter

Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev invite you to visit their website; poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.




Sketchbook Global Correspondents


John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Jan Oskar Hansen, Portugal
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Bob Lucky, Hangzhou, China
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.



Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

In 2011 Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month bi-monthly:  February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Submission deadline: 20th of each publishing month six times a year.

Submissions are open to the general public.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name

Renhai Editor, Vaughn Seward:

Read the complete submission guidelines



Announcing the January / February 28, 2011 "XXX" Kukai

The January / February 28, 2011 Kukai theme is "XXX".  SeeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. XXX. Use the exact words "XXX"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be work shopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

"XXX" kukai

Submissions: Saturday, January 01, 2011 – Thursday, February 17, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, February 18, 2011 - Thursday, February 24, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, February 28, 2011 Sketchbook 6-1  Results of the January / February 28, 2011 "XXX" Kukai.

Letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be  previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.

A kukai is a peered review poetry contest. A haiku Topic is assigned by the editor. An 'anonymized' list of submitted haiku is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to the editor who tallies the votes and publishes the haiku for the participants, this time with names and points revealed.


Announcing the January / February 2011 "XX" Haiku Thread

The theme of the January / February 2011 haiku thread will be anything to do with the "XX" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words  "XX".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "XX" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: JanFeb, 2011 "XX" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Thursday, February 24, 2011


Author, CountryJ

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at January / February 2011 "XX" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Monday, February 28, 2011 Sketchbook.








Sketchbook Special Features

November / December, 2010: Vol. 5, No. 6

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Karen O'Leary, US; Brian Strand, UK

Little Black Book: Lauren Byrnes, US

Sketchbook Index for November / December 31, Vol . 5, No. 6

Announcements Index

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information


Eastern Genre


Haibun: Betty Kaplan, US


Haiku: Vasile Moldovan, RO





Western Genre




Experimental Forms: Brian Strand, UK—


Free Verse: Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; G. David Schwartz, US;

Lanterne: Sandra Marytres, IN



Rhymed Quatrains:





XX individuals from xxx countries participated. We plan to continue this effort!  So . . . Please send your poems and prayers to:

Read Let US Pray


Art: Artist, Country

View Painting Full Sized


Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Bernard Gieske and Jeff Faust, USFree Verse: Lemons and the Sea





Featured Art Photography


by Iolanda Scripca, US



Art Feature


by Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR


Art Feature


by Norman J. Olson


Experimental Poetry


Brian Strand, UK


Contributing Editor Doug Holder



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev



Enter the Book Fair

July / August Featured Books Information

Book Fair: All Featured Book List


September / October 2010 "winter clouds" Kukai Results

    First Place:

    Second Place: 

    Third Place Tie:   

Read the "winter clouds" Kukai Results


These  poets fromXX countries contributed XX haiku to the "winter clouds" Kukai:

Author, Coutries

Country List


Editor's Choice "first snow" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the November / December 31, 2010 Haiku Thread

XXX Haiku Poets from XXX countries composed XXX haiku to celebrate the winter season represented in this Thread.

Authors, Countries



From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US




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