Opportunity Knocks

THE BeZINE submissions for the July 2017 issue – themed Prison Culture/Restorative Justice – deadline July 10th latest. Publication date is July 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions. We would encourage submissions from people who are involved one way or the other in the justice system and former youth “offenders.” Critique along with constructive suggestions or tested solutions and best practices are welcome. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.

Heads-up on the August zine: The theme is Theatre. Deadline: August 10.

HADEAN PRESS publishes books, journals and pamphlets and since its founding in 2008 has focused on occult books, journals, and pamphlets in standard and hand-bound editions.  Details HERE.

DREAM POP JOURNAL, a quarterly published by Dream Pop Press features experimental writings. Beginning 2018 this press will open to chapbook submission “Dream Pop Press seeks to make space for non-narrative, linguistically inventive writing. We are interested in lyric memoir, cross-genre experimenters, fearless inventors, and poets who dream in made-up languages.” Submissions may incude poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art.  Details HERE.

PASSAGER BOOKS, “dedicate to writers over 50 and writers over 60, 70, 80, 90 … ,” publishes two journals a year. These include poetry, memoir, essay and short fiction.  Its 2018 Open Issue accepts submissions through September 15, 2017. There is a submission fee of $2. Details HERE.

THE MALAHAT REVIEW (CA) welcomes submission of poetry, fiction an creative nonfiction from writers and poets at all stages of career. Poetry guidelines are HERE.

THE LOW VALLEY REVIEW, a publication of NorthWest Arkansas Community College ” celebrates and amplifies the typically under-heard voices of writers and artists in community colleges nationwide. We represent the blended, sometimes gritty, perspectives of nontraditional students: the first-generation college student, the veteran back from service, the immigrant, the retiree taking a class for the pure love of learning. We will also publish work from the community college at large, including full-time instructors, adjunct lecturers, and staff.” This review accepts submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art from October through February. Details HERE.

GO WORLD TRAVEL for those who love to travel invites submission of travel articles up to 1,600. Pays $30 to $40 on publication. Details HERE.

THE SHALLOW ENDS publishes poetry and will re-open for submissions on September 1.  Details HERE.

BORROWED SOLACE, a new online publication, is interested in considering submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography and artwork. “Borrowed Solace hopes to publish artful work that inspires readers to fall in love with language. They want stories, essays, and poems that invite readers to ask for more. They accept work in all genres and styles, but prefer pieces without excessive violence or erotica, unless it has a purpose.” Details HERE.

RED QUEEN MAGAZINE “named Red Queen after the Red Queen effect, a hypothesis which proposes that organisms must constantly adapt & evolve not only to get ahead, but to stay exactly where they are. We fight through literature to maintain ourselves; we write & we edit & we rewrite just to preserve our lives. We want work that has torn you apart & then saved you. Work that bleeds & then heals. Literature for you to consume, & literature that consumes you.” The focus now is work on the current political climate expressed in poetry, prose and art. Details HERE.

TETHERED BY LETTERS, A Nonprofit Literary Publisher and Writer’s Resource, publishes F(r)iction and welcomes submission year round. Of interest: short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and graphic stories or comics. This publication also sponsors annual contests. Look for future announcements.  Details HERE.

LIKELY RED, a new online publication that has published two issues to date pays its writers ($25 on acceptance) and welcomes submissions  of prose, poetry, photography, art year round.  Details HERE.

ARSENIKA is a journal of speculative poetry and flash fiction and “seeks marginalized voices. We work to uplift those outside the center and believe that identity is not the defining trait of a piece of work, but that unnameable quality that weaves through prose and poetry to give it its nuance.” Details HERE.

BLOOD & BURBON, a publication produced by storytellers for storytellers, has an open call-for-submissions for its Fall 2017 issue theme Death. appropriate submissions are non-fiction, fiction, poetry or black and white photography and “could be satire, speculative fiction, horror or some angle we haven’t even thought of.” Deadline is the end of August. Details HERE.

ONE PERSON’S TRASH, “a literary print journal [quarterly] with a web presence …. tells homeless stories” [through poetry, fiction, nonfiction and interviews] by homeless, formerly homeless, and people whose professional and personal lives intersect with the homeless.” Details HERE.

FOUR CHAMBERS PRESS is accepting poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts through July 31, 2017 deadline.  Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE STANZA POETRY COMPETITION (UK) “is open exclusively to Poetry Society members (if you’re not a member join here) and who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS. Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem (not including title). Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.” Details HERE.

 PRESS 53 Award for Poetry 2018 competition is open for submissions through July 31. Winner receives a cash advance of $1000 and publication. There is a $30 reading fee. Details HERE.

2018 FAR HORIZONS AWARD FOR POETRY (CA) is not yet accepting submission watch The Malahat Review for updates. This is for poets who have not yet published a collection. Prize is $1,000 (CAD). The deadline is May 1, 2018. Entry fees vary. Submissions from outside of Canada are welcome. Details HERE.

THE POETRY CENTER sponsors three annual competitions: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People.  February 1, 2018 is the deadline for all.  Details HERE.


  • TONIGHT 8 pmFesta Junina (Brazilian music and traditional foods) in Berkeley, 8pm – 1 am. Hosted by Praganala and BrasArte at BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Poetry with Punch, Bradford Literature Festival, poetry, world affairs and politics, July 6, 7:30 – 10 p.m. More detail HERE.
  • 100,000 Poets for Change annual global event is scheduled for September 30.  Details HERE.
  • The BeZine 100,000 Poets for Change Virtual Event is scheduled for September 30.
  • Second Saturday @ Cyrus: featuring Omatara James and Gladys Henderson from 7:15-9:45 p.m. on July 8 Hosted by Matt Pasca and Omotara James at Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, 1 Railroad Plz, Bay Shore, New York 11209
  • Legacy Conversations: Chris Abani and Norman Ellis hosted by Cave Canem from 7-9 p.m. n July 11th at the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, Illinois.
  • Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party from 2-9 p.m. on July 29. Hosted by and held at the National Museum of Mexican Art and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL
  • Arte Folia: Preto No Branco (Artefolia Dance Company) from 7 -10 pm, August 27.  Hosted by Aninha Malandro at BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA


  • Publication of Michael Dickel’s: Breakfast at the End of Capitalism | Chapbook 
  • Since 2011, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, cofounded by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carion, have worked indefatigably to organize events around the world for peace, justice and sustainability. Now, they’ve also created a GLOBAL ACTION CALENDAR open to EVERYONE to post Creative Actions around the world.
  • Sonjia Beskin Mesher art honored by Halls Writing Forum, St. Edmunds Hall Oxford. One comment, “I think my favourite for this incredibly complex challenge is Sonja’s tiny, trembling moment of truth”
  • Paul Brookes (The Wombwell Rainbow) for his many publications and reblogs this month. Appropriate acknowlegement by other poets for this original and prolific poet.



Often information is just that information – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications featured in Sunday Announcements or elsewhere on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income and publicity for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I am homebound due to disability and no longer attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products or paying fees, or attending events et al.


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