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Contest News: Results & Announcements

Sketchbook May / June 2012 "cloud(s)" Kukai Results

Sketchbook May / June 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook May / June 2012 SHH Contest No. 3 Results ~ Summer
Karina Klesko

Sketchbook May / June 2012 Poem This Picture - Contest Results

The Winners are...

  1st Place  

  2nd Place  

 3rd Place  

The following xxx poets from xx countries contributed xxx poems to this contest.



July / August 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, Thursday, July 23, 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: July / August 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.

Cyclamens and Swords xxx 2012 Newsletter


Connecting to India


by Aju Mukhopadhyay



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 July / August 31, 2012 "xxx" Kukai

The July / August 31, 2012 Kukai is "xxx" See The 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

Subject: xxx kukai

Submissions: Friday, June 01, 2012 – Sunday August 19, 2012 Midnight.
Voting: Monday, August 20, 2012 - Sunday, June 26, 2012 Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, August 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-3 ~ 42 "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 July / August 31, 2012 "xxx" Haiku Thread

The theme of the July / August 31, 2012 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: 
July / August 31, 2012 "xxx" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at July / August 31, 2012 "xxx" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Friday, July 31, 2012 Sketchbook.

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










Sketchbook Special Features

May / June 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 3 ~ Issue 42

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook PoetsMarch / April 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 3 ~ Issue 42

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: March / April 30, 2012 ~ Vol. 5, No. 2: Issue 17—Karin Anderson, AU; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US

Featuring Little Black Book: May / June 30, 2012 ~ Vol. 6, No. 2

Sketchbook Index for May / June30, 2012: 42

Sketchbook Announcements Index for May / June 30, 2012: 42

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre



Tanka and Tanka Prose:

Western Genre



Concrete Poetry:


Ekphrastic: Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; Connie Bransilver, US Photographer; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Bernard Mocanu, RO; Iolanda Scripca, US

Experimental Forms:


The Fold:

Found Poem:

Free Verse:


Pleiades Poems:


Rictameter Poems:




Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Stella Armour, UK
Karin Anderson, AU

John Daleiden, US

Bernard Gieske, US
Cristian Mocanu, RO—
Iolanda Scripca, US—



Haiku Feature

Sketchbook SHH Contest 4 Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 August, 2012

Results: SHH Contest 3: Summer Kigo Haiku

SHH Contest 3 Ballot

Editor, Karina Klesko



Read Let US Pray

Participants in the May / June 30, 2012  Let Us Pray Feature

XX poets from xx countries are Featured in Let Us Pray



Let Us Pray Invitation


Art Feature

Art Gallery

by Emily Romano, US


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




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




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!


January / February 2012
"swing" Kukai Results

    First Place: Bernard Giekske, US

    Second Place: Vania Stefanova, BG

    Third Place: Ramesh Ananad, MY

Read the "swing" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the "swing" Kukai winners.

Forty-nine haijin from fourteen countries contributed one hundred-thirty haiku to this Kukai.

Ramesh Anand, MY Malaysia ; Ashi, DK; D; Johnny Baransky, US; Danica Bartulović, CR; Abraham Freddy Ben-Arroyo, IL; Ralf Bröker, DE;S.E. Buffington, US; Pris Campbell, US; John Daleiden, US; Cynthia Carlson; Floyd Cheung, US; Cezar Ciobîcă, RO; Carlos Colon; Magdalena Dale, RO; Tracy Davidson, UK; Robert Davey, UK; Daniel de Culla, ES US; Angele Ellis, US; Terri L. French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Judith Gorgone, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Hubert Edgar Hix, US; Linda Hofke, DE; Cara Holman, US; Vladislav Hristov, BG; Alegria Imperial, CA;Harvey Jenkins, CA; Anisoara Jordache, RO; Robert Kania, PL; Yamadori Komodori, US; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Tomislav Maretić CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Susan Murata, US; Rita Odeh, IL; Stella Pierides, DE / UK; Valli Poole, AU; Maria Santomauro, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Vania Stefanova, BG; Diana Teneva, BG; Sasa Vazic, RS; Chrtine L. Ville, US


Editor's Choice "pond life" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices ~ Check Back!

John's Choices ~ Pond Sights, Sounds and Seasons

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~
Night and Day – What A Difference they Make

Read the January / February 2012 "pond life"  Haiku Thread

Forty-five poets from fifteen countries have contributed two hundred eighty-eight haiku to the March / April 30, 2012 "pond life" Haiku Thread

Participants: Jax Aemilias, UK; Ramesh Anand, MY; Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; Danica Bartulović, CR; Margaret Beverland, NZ; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; John Byrne, Ireland; Patricia Carragon, US; Cezar F. Ciobîcă, RO; Marion Clarke, IE; John Daleiden, US; Robert Davey, UK;Tracy Davidson, UK; Smajil Durmiševic, BA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Evica Kraljić, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tonka Lovric, CR; Stefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Tomislav Maretic, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Karen O'Leary, US; Pravat Kumar Padhy, IN; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Marija Pogorilić, CR;  Vera Primorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, CR; Alex Serban, RO; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Diana Teneva, BG; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Angie Werren, US; Neal Whitman, US

Countries:  Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago,  United Kingdom, United States


From the Editor's Chairs


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






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