Cyclamens and Swords Publishing July 2011 Newsletter


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Announcing the 2011 Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest!

Judges: Helen Bar-Lev , Johnmichael Simon , Guest Judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem.

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

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: July1st until 30th November 2011.

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. Only poems that have previously won prizes may not be submitted. Length: Poems not to exceed 30 lines length (excluding title and spaces between stanzas).

About this year's Guest Judge - Ricky Rapoport Friesem

Ricky Rapoport Friesem is a poet, writer and documentary filmmaker. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Moment, The Jewish Daily Forward, Lucidity, Poetica Magazine, Voices Anthology. Her prizes and honorable mentions include Lilith Magazine’s 2007 Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition, the 2007 Reuben Rose Memorial Poetry Competition, the Miriam Felicia Lindberg Peace Poetry Contest. Her essay House of David won first prize in the 2010 Women in Judaism Journal's Annual Competition. Her poetry collection Parentheses was awarded first prize in Writer's Digest 2007 International Self-Published Book Awards. She was named International Senior Poet Laureate by the Amy Kitchener Foundation in 2010.

We are still accepting submissions for our August Issue:

Poetry submissions on any subject.

Short stories on any subject.

And of course, interesting and high quality artwork

For submission guidelines, please go to:


New Titles in our Bookshop

Outskirts by MJD Algera

The Strange Malady of Mr.3 by Johnmichael Simon


Helen and Johnmichael

Johnmichael Simon
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