October 2010Cyclamens and Swords Publishing Newsletter


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Happy October everyone!

Isn’t it amazing how three quarters of 2010 has already been swallowed into the tunnel of the past? I can almost see this hungry monster, jaws open, ready to gobble down October and November too. So don’t dally. There’s still time enough to submit to our Supernatural Issue – and of course to our Cyclamens and Swords poetry contest that closes at the end of November.

The Theme for our December Issue is SUPERNATURAL

Awaiting your poetry submissions on this subject

Short stories can be submitted on ANY SUBJECT.

And of course, interesting and high quality artwork

Submit now. Early submissions stand a better chance of being

For submission guidelines, please go to:




The third Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest!

Now is the time to present to you our Guest Judge, Patrick Osada who will be assisting Helen and myself in judging your entries and selecting the prizewinners. We believe that our system of having three judges working independently and by then combining and averaging the three scores is the best and fairest way of giving every entry an unbiased chance of winning a prize. Poems, of course, are judged anonymously.

Patrick Osada is a retired Headteacher who now works as an editor & also writes reviews of poetry for magazines. He has been writing poetry all of his adult life. His first collection, Close To The Edge was published in 1996 & won the prestigious Rosemary Arthur Award. His second collection of poetry, Short Stories : Suburban Lives (Bluechrome), deals with the difficulties and loneliness of the many people… “trapped in dark suburbia, just trying to survive.” Patrick’s work has been included in numerous anthologies, on Internet sites & broadcast on national & local radio in the UK . His poetry has been translated into several European languages. Gloucester born, Patrick has lived and worked in Berkshire , England for many years. His life
in semi-rural Warfield has inspired him to record life in this charming parish as a sequence of poems that have formed the basis for a collection, Rough Music, which was published by Bluechrome in the Autumn of 2006. A new collection, Choosing The Route, is planned for publication in the Autumn of 2010.

He has a website at:

Contest Guidelines:

Submission period – June 1st until 30th November 2010.

What to submit - This is an open contest for poetry of any style or
theme. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit
the same poem(s) simultaneously to this contest and others and you
may submit poems that have been published elsewhere, as long as you
own the online publication rights.

Entry fee - $5 for one poem, $10 for 3 poems, $15 for 6 poems.

Length - Not to exceed 30 lines length (excluding title and spaces
between stanzas).

First prize is $300, second prize $100, third prize $50 and seven
honorable mentions. Winning poems and honorable mentions will be
published in our winter issue. A chapbook containing these poems
will be published and presented to the winners in addition to their
cash prize.


Helen and Johnmichael

Johnmichael Simon
Chief Editor

Helen Bar-Lev, artist, poet

Senior Editor,
Cyclamens and Swords Publishing

Contributing editor,
SKETCHBOOK, A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms

International Senior Poet Laureate, 2009
Amy Kitchener Foundation









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