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Submission Policies: Where, When and What

Sketchbook was established in the fall of 2006 as an E-Journal for TheOutlawPoets and The Poetrybridge writers.

On November 01, 2007 the editors began accepting open submissions from the general public.

From 2009 through the current issues, Sketchbook is being published bi-monthly on the last day of the publishing month:  February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Submission deadline: 20th of each publishing month six times a year: February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Submissions are open to the general public.

November 01, 2007 - December 31, 2008: Sketchbook was published on the last day of each month twelve times a year: Submission deadline: 20th of each month.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Author Name +Genre Name + Title of submitted work

Send all submissions in the body of an e-mail.  We only accept attachments in jpg format for biography photos or jpg attachments of images related to art and haiga (see below).

All submissions to Sketchbook must be the original work of the submitting author/artist. The work must be unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Published material includes items that appear in print Journals, in public on-line forums, on personal web pages where individuals can access the pages, online photo albums, and blogs.

The Sketchbook editors will consider the secondary publication of selected materials, especially in conjunction with the publication of new unpublished works; such publication is subject to the approval of an editor.

Copyright to all work published in Sketchbook is held by the artists and authors. No work published in any issue may be copied, reproduced or republished without the written permission of the individual author/creator.  Artists and authors are free to republish their work in other venues when the issue is no longer current--after 60 days. However, if works are republished in a different venue, then the artists and authors must agree as a condition of acceptance for original publication in Sketchbook to credit Sketchbook as the place of first publication.

Sketchbook does not pay authors and artists for works accepted for publication. Sketchbook reserves the future right to republish all items from the Sketchbook website in digital, hard copy or CD format as well as promotional materials for any issue, e-card, annual yearbook or calendar.

Writers submitting for the first time to Sketchbook should include a short biography and a jpg photo. Attach the jpg photo to an e-mail, preferably the e-mail containing the biography as well as the genre being submitted.  Please check the Author Biographies of any recent issue.  Author Biographies:
 A - M  and / or N - Z

Multiple genre may be included in a single submission; however, writer's need to clearly label each genre in the submission.  Multiple submissions may be sent during any submission period for an issue.  Please send all submission in the body of an e-mail.  We do not accept submissions sent as attachments.

Sketchbook publishes Eastern and Western short form poetry genre.  We also feature Art in all genre as well as Art Photos.

Sketchbook features Contributing Editor columns from Helen Bar-LevIsrael, Doug Holder—US and Jeff Sphar-Summers—US.

Our Global Correspondents contribute columns from around the world about local Art and Artist activities, local cultural events, and subjects of broad interest.  Various Correspondents are featured from month to month.

The Sketchbook Global Correspondents include:

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

The Sketchbook editors are interested in publishing quality material in multiple genre.  Writers who have a writing or artistic project, article or media they believe will be interesting to Sketchbook  readers, should send a letter of inquiry to Karina Klesko:  with the Subject Line: Project Inquiry Karina Klesko

Haiga:  Haiga should be submitted as jpg attachments to a regular e-mail. Please, clearly state the specific genre:  Haiga, Collaborative Haiga, Photo Haiga, Collaborative Photo Haiga, Free Verse Haiga etc.  In the case of collaborative work please include the full names of all the collaborating artists/authors and clearly designate their responsibility / contribution:  i.e.  Photo by Joe Public: Haiku by Josephine Jones, for example.  Please, supply the e-mail addresses of all parties involved in a collaboration.

Additionally, it is necessary that all collaborators involved in a work grant Sketchbook the right of first publication as well as a condition of acceptance for publication the requirement to name Sketchbook as the place of first publication in the event that the work is republished later in a different venue. Please ask all collaborators to directly e-mail this permission statement to Sketchbook:

Haiga:  (place the first line of text here)
Artist:   (name, and media--artist, photographer, etc)

I, (insert name here), a collaborator in the Haiga specified above, grant Sketchbook the right of first publication.  I understand that 60 days must elapse before I can submit this creative work for republication in a different venue.  If the work is submitted elsewhere after the first publication in Sketchbook, then I am required  to request the editors to include a notice stating Sketchbook was the first publisher of the work (include, publication, page, date, link and relevant information):

Send to: 
Subject: Collaborative Permission Form

Haiga Image Size:  The ideal image size for haiga submissions to Sketchbook is a horizontal image 800 pixels wide and 500 pixels high.   Vertical oriented images taller than 500 pixels will be decreased.  Images sent on larger sized scales will be reduced to fit the display area on the haiga page; these reductions will cause distortion of the type faces, so be sure to submit haiga in the required pixel size. All haiga must be submitted in jpg format.  Do not submit document files for haiga.

Continuing bi-monthly features: Subjects for continuing bi-monthly Features can be found on the contents page of each issue; these features include the following topics:

  1. a bi-monthly Kukai (a peered review Haiku contest)

  2. a Haiku Thread posted daily as submissions on the assigned topic are recieved

  3. a Poem This Picture Contest

  4. a Let US Pray Page (Publishing prayers from all faiths and peoples on a Global Scale)

  5. Childwriter's Sketchbook: See current link:

  6. The Little Black Book: The purpose of The Little Black Book is to promote Multi-Cultural Improvisational Poetry. See specific Little Black Book Guidelines
  7. Book Fair: featuring the published books of Sketchbook authors with links to purchasing sites

The following addresses reach appropriate editors:

This page last updated on 08-02-2012



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