Cyclamens and Swords Publishing August 2010 Newsletter


For our current issue, please see

  • The August 2010 “MUSIC” Issue is now online It contains:

    •Poems from 66 poets
    •Short stories from 13 authors
    •Artwork from 7 artists

Announcing the third Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest!

First prize is $300, second prize $100, third prize $50 and seven honorable mentions. Only $5 per poem, $10 for 3 poems or $15 for 6 poems entry fee.

Winning poems and honorable mentions will be published in our winter issue.

A chapbook containing the winning poems and the honorable mentions will be published and presented to the winners in addition to their cash prize.


Submission period: June1st 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. Length: Poems not to exceed 30 lines length (excluding title and spaces between stanzas).

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 published!

For submission guidelines, please go to:



New Titles in our Bookshop


Michael E. Stone, Selected Poems

Centered on the dappled dissonance of contemporary Jerusalem and ranging from the Sinai to Armenia and Australia before returning to Jerusalem , Stone takes readers on a journey through geology, geo-politics, history, culture, language and the nature(s) of meaning. Starting with geology and geo-politics, he arrives at the most personal of intersections: watching over the death of a father and caring for a mother through her struggle to survive amid bus bombs in his beloved Jerusalem . The Holy City ’s contradictions — “unclarities ambiguities complexities all” — allow for God’s incomprehensible wholeness while highlighting our own all too uncomprehending brokenness. At our human center, language, poetry, and words, the heart of Stone’s book, connect our fractured existences to the dappled beauty of the world. - Dr. Michael Dickel, poet, lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ohalo College in Katzrin
Now only $15 including postage


In Moonlight the Sky Will Slide by Katherine L. Gordon and Helen Bar-Lev

A poetic conversation between Katherine L. Gordon, Canada and Helen Bar-Lev , Israel .

Illustrated by Helen Bar-Lev

Now only $10 including postage


The Muse in the Suitcase

A companion volume to Cyclamens and Swords by Helen Bar-Lev and Johnmichael Simon.
Includes illustrations by Helen of landscapes and people in 15 countries to which they have traveled.

Now only $18 including postage



Helen and Johnmichael
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

Johnmichael Simon
Chief Editor









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