Opportunity Knocks

TETHERED BY LETTERS (TBL), a nonprofit literary publisher and writer’s resource, describes itself as “passionate about educating budding authors and increasing literacy rates across the globe. We run several FREE programs to help cultivate the next generation of great literature: For more, visit our Education or Writing Resource Center.”  Open year-round for submissions of short fiction and creative nonfiction, poetry, and graphic stories or comics to f(r)online. Details HERE.

GRAVEL publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, photo essays, book reviews, author interviews, artwork, comics, video, and hybrid. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the October 2017 issue – themed Music – are open and the deadline is October 10thSend submissions to me [Jamie] at Publication is October 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos or essays), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. No demographic restrictions and submissions of work on your country and its history and culture are welcome. The more diverse the representation, the better. English only or accompanied by translation into English. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.  The lead for the October issue is Sheffield poet and musician, John Anstie (My Poetry Library and 42).

Note: I will consider previously published work as long as you hold the copyright. / Jamie Dedes

THE ATLANTIC “is always interested in great nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. A general familiarity with what we have published in the past is the best guide to what we’re looking for. All manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document or PDF. Succinct pitches may be submitted in the body of an e-mail. To submit nonfiction, send your manuscript or pitch to: To submit fiction, send your manuscript to: To submit poetry, send your manuscript to:” The Atlantic (You’ll have to scroll down in the FAQ’s to find the guidelines.)

MASON JAR PRESS has an open call for submission for an anthology scheduled for publication sometime in July 2018.  “Metropolitan tales of city-focused fantasy with queer perspectives.” Details HERE

From Evelyn Augusto: GUNS DON’T SAVE PEOPLE, POETS DO … Calling all Hudson Valley and Catskill Region Poets…Would you like to be a featured poet at GUNS DON’T SAVE PEOPLE, POETS DO?…Dueling with words to stop Gun Violence. Oct 6th at 8pm, The Glen Falls House, Round Top, NY? Send 3 poems to and your contact information. Limited space.

PSKI’S PORCH PUBLISHING, Books for People Who Like People That Like Books has an open call for submissions of poems, short stories, book reviews, short essays … Details HERE.

THE SUN, Personal. Political. Provocative. Ad-free. Invites submissions of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Details HERESpecial call for poems for a special section themed of Love and Justice to be guest edited by Crystal Williams.  Deadline November 1. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

TETHERED BY LETTERS (TBL), a nonprofit literary publisher and writer’s resource has open calls or submission for its annual literary contests: short story, flash fiction and poetry. Cash award. Submission fee. Cash awards. Deadline is November 1. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST POETRY AWARDS, last call. Submission is electronic, so you can still make the deadline October 2 if you have something ready. Submission fee. Cash awards. Details HERE.

BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS Thirty-first Biannual Poetry Card Contest. Cash prizes. Deadline December 31. Details HERE.


The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career (emerging or established) or status (amateur or professional) Poems related to the challenge of the week will be published here on the following Tuesday.

  • 2018 Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, a project of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. March 23 – 25.  Details HERE.
  • 38 Metaphors for Translation, Jessie Chaffee, Words Without Borders
  • A Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse at Lit Crawl Brooklyn, October 7 at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details HERE. The Greene Grape Annex, 753 Fulton St., Brooklyn, New York 11217
  • The 2018 Pen World Voices Festival, April 16-22, 2018 Details to come. Watch HERE.
  • Reading Philip Whalen, October 23, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Poets Maxine Chernoff and Gillian Conoley, November 8, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe”s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA


  • to Michael Dickel for his gracious and graceful hosting of The BeZine 100TPC 2017.
  • to Debasis Mukhopadhyay for the arrival of his books on shelfs and through online venues.
  • to Aprillia Zank for a photographic award – The Best of Minimalism
  • to P.C. Vandall for the acceptance of her poem for an upcoming issue of the Irish journal, The Stinging Fly.
  • to Toni Morrison for her banned books: The Bluest Eye, 4th most banned book, 2014; Beloved, 10th most banned book, 2012.


YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to Please do so at least a week in advance.

If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, chapbook, magazine or film, here are some general guidelines:

  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • though your book or other product doesn’t have to be available through Amazon for review here, it should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.


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, paying fees or attending events et al.



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