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Featured Haiga


Author, Country

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 Heike Gewi, DE/YE; Judi Suni Hall, CA; Karen O'Leary, US; Cynthia Rowe, AU


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Contest News: Results & Announcements

Sketchbook July / August 2012 "reed(s)" Kukai Results

Sketchbook July / August 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook July / August 2012 SHH Contest No. 4 ~ Autumn
Karina Klesko

SHH Contest No. 4 Autumn Kigo Ballot; Ballot with No Names

SHH 4 Haiku Only

Sketchbook SHH Contest 5 Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 September, 2012

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Sketchbook July / August 2012 Poem This Picture - Contest Results
Moderated by Shanna Baldwin Moore, US


The Winners are...

  1st Place ~

  2nd Place ~

  3rd Place ~

The following xxx poets from xxx countries contributed xxx poems to this contest:



Announcing the September / October 31, 2012 Poem the Picture Contest


Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. is the place to send your entry by Midnight, Saturday, October 20, 2012. The winning poem will be featured in the next issue of Sketchbook along with all entries. Click here to see a full sized image: September / October 31, 2012 Poem This Picture Contest.



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Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel


by Helen-Bar Lev

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

October 2012 Cyclamens and Swords Publishing Newsletter


Connecting to Canada


Alegria Imperial, CA



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
Martin Lochner, ZA
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria
Alegria Imperial, Canada

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.



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

In 2012 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; Read the complete submission guidelines

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


Announcing the September / October 31, 2012-44 "xxx" Kukai

The September / October 31, 2012 Kukai is "xxx": in sources.  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: Satday, August 01, 2012 – Thurday, October 18, 2012 Midnight.
Voting: Friday, October 19, 2012 -  Friday, October 26, 2012 Midnight.

Please sign your submission and your votes with your name and country of residence.

The results will be published in the Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-5: 44 "xxx" Kukai results.

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 work shopped; 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 anonymity. 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 anonymous 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.

Index to past Kukai: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current


Announcing the September / October 31, 2012-44 "xxx" Haiku Thread

The theme of the September / October 31, 2012-44 haiku thread will be anything to do with "xxx" in the northern or southern hemisphere. It is not necessary to use the words "xxx" but the concept must be obvious.

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

Subject Line: 
September / October 31, 2012 "xxx" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at September / October 31, 2012-44 "xxx" Haiku Thread

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-5: 44.

Index to past Haiku Threads: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current










Sketchbook Special Features

July / August 31, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 4 ~ Issue 43

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets—July / August 31, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 4 ~ Issue 43

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: July / August 31, 2012-42 ~ Vol. 5, No. 4: Issue 19

Featuring Little Black Book:  July / August 31, 2012 ~ Vol. 6, No. 3

Sketchbook Index for July / August 31, 2012: 43

Sketchbook Announcements Index for Year 2012
Sketchbook Announcements Index for May / June 30, 2012: 42
Sketchbook Announcements Index for March / April 30, 2012: 41

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre

Haiku: S. M. Abeles, US; Robert Davey, UK; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Radhey Shiam, IN; Craig W. Steele, US

Haibun: Matthew Caretti, US



Tanka and Tanka Prose: Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Brian Zimmer, US

Western Genre

Cinquain: Karen O'Leary, US; Craig W. Steele, US; Brian Zimmer, US

Couplets: Emily Romano, US

Dectina Refrain:

Experimental Forms:


Found Poem:

Free Verse: Elizabeth Howard, US; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Tracy McPherson, US; Iolanda Scripca, US; Neal Whitman, US

Loop Poetry: Sandra Martyres, IN

Quintet: Brian Zimmer, US




Haiku Feature

Sketchbook SHH Contest 5 Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 October, 2012

Results: SHH Contest 4 ~ Autumn Kigo

SHH Contest 4 Autumn Kigo Ballot; Ballot with No Names

SHH 4 Haiku Only

Editor, Karina Klesko






Read Let US Pray

Participants in the July / August 31, 2012  Let Us Pray Feature

XX poets from xx countries are Featured in Let Us Pray



The next Let Us Pray Closes on October 20, 2012


Art Feature

Art Gallery

by Norman J. Olson, US


Featured Art Photography

Art Photo Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Experimental Poetry Forms

Brian Strand, UK


Contributing Editor Doug Holder


 Interview with Maria Judge


Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev



Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers

The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features Poetry and Art by Heather Lenz, J.A. Spahr-Summers, and Cindy Stell, Sandhya Tiwari, Sarah Martin, Marcie Riel.

Read ZZ BagginsNot Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary


Enter the Book Fair

July / August Featured Books:


Book Fair: All Featured Book List



Free to enter Kids-Count-For-Earthday-Haiku Webfest

The 2012 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Webfest is in association with The Haiku Society of America; With Words (UK); Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms (USA); and Planetpals (Worldwide). Partnering together with the planet to bring positive messages about your world.

Read all the details here!


July / August 2012
"reed(s)" Kukai Results

    First Place: 

    Second Place: 

    Third Place:

Read the "reed(s)" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the "reed(s))" Kukai winners.

XX haijin from xx countries contributed xx haiku to this Kukai.




Editor's Choice "vegetable(s)" Haiku ThreadJ

Karina's Choices ~

John's Choices ~

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~

Read the July / August 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

XX poets from xx countries have contributed xxx haiku to the July August 31, 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread




From the Editor's Chairs


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






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