Opportunity Knocks

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POETRY publishes from 100-150 poets in each of its biannual editions. The editors are screening submissions for their fourth edition and are open to emerging and established poets and long poems and simultaneous submissions. $5 submission free for up to six poems. Details HERE.

LUXINE, We live off your creative impulses is a publication created by two students in Edinburgh who feature the work of students.  Themes are color based and for issue five, the color is nude.  Featured: art, articles, interviews and poems. Deadline: 25 October 2017. Details HERE.

HOWL, Where Writers Go to Read accepts submissions of fiction, non-fiction, graphic narratives, poetry, art, and drama. This is a lit art mag published by the students of Deitona High School in Deitona, Florida. Submission guidelines HERE. I love this:

 “Mission Statement: Howl is the vanguard of education in the publishing of the literary arts for the perennial generations. Our goals are to publish great literature from around the world, promote the literary arts in our own community, and all the while educate young writers and editors to carry the “lit” torch into the 21st century.”

EDINBURGH REVIEW is in the process of reviewing a backlog of submissions and moving their offices. The editors will announce their reopening of submission calls on their Facebook page and through their Twitter account. Follow and stay tuned.

AGNI is an American literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, interviews, and artwork twice a year in print and biweekly online from its home at Boston University. Its editor is Sven Birkerts, the literary critic and essayist; its senior editor is William Pierce.”AGNI regularly features emerging writers and ‘among readers around the world . . . is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time” (PEN American Center). Most of what we publish is unsolicited. The print magazine appears twice yearly, in spring and fall. The website grows biweekly with postings of new online-only fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews. AGNI welcomes unsolicited manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Details HERE.

CALLALOO, A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters “is a journal devoted to creative work by and critical studies of the work of African Americans and peoples of African descent throughout the African Diaspora. Visual art and studies of life and culture in the Black world are also published regularly in Callaloo, as is wide-ranging cultural criticism. Callaloo is published five times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Art, and Fall), and accepts original submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, interviews, nonfiction essays, short fiction, poetry, and visual art.” Details HERE.

MOTHER JONES works mostly with writers with whom there is an established relationship but “will consider solidly reported, hard-hitting, groundbreaking news stories. We’re also open to thought-provoking, timely opinion and analysis pieces on important current issues.” Details HERE.

BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES, Literary Adventure Fantasy publishes “stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.” Word count limit: 14,000. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRUM “is a competitive, paying market which publishes high-quality short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts on a rolling basis. Recent contributors include Pulitzer Prize nominees, Guggenheim and NEA Fellows, award-winning novelists and poets, as well as many new and emerging voices. We’re committed to publishing the bulk of our publications from unsolicited manuscripts and are open to all stylistic schools and “isms,” including the occasional genre piece.” Details HERE.


THE BeZINE call for submissions for the November 2017 issue – themed Hunger, Poverty and Working-class Slavery –  is now open and the deadline is November 10thSend submissions to me at Publication is November 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.

Submissions of work on your country and its history and culture are welcome no matter your citizenship, national origin, first language, religion or lack thereof. 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, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.

I do consider previously published work if you hold the copyright. / J.D.

HEADS-UP ON THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF The BeZine: the theme is Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles). Deadline: November 10.

THE BeZINE NEWS: Beginning January 2018, we’ll move to a quarterly format with themes and – possibly – sub-themes. Your suggestions for sub-themes are welcome. Email me at


Opportunity Knocks

SEQUESTRUM New Writer Awards: Poetry deadline is October 15. $15 submission fee. Cash awards. Details HERE including those for Fiction and Nonfiction awards.

GLIMMER TRAIN PRESS Short Story Award for New Writers. Details HERE.

CLOUDBANK BOOKS: Vern Rutsala Book Prize $1,000 and publication, Deadline October 31. Reading Fee $25; the Cloudbank Poetry Prizes and Flash Prizes, $200. Deadline February 28, 2018. Reading Fee: $25. Details HERE.


Asking yourself: What can I do about horrors like Las Vegas and Sandy Hook? Give your thoughts a platform, be apart of the solution…design our 2017 logo. Facebook friends, fans and followers will be the judges. Send entry to

DEADLINE: December 1st, 2017 


  • Who Reads Poetry: A Conversation with Fred Sasaki and Don Share, October 14, 3 pm – 4:30 pm CDT. The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. Details HERE.
  • Poetry & Music: Stephen Alltop ad Josefien Stoppelenburg, October 10, 7 pm – 8 pm CDT, Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine, 61 W Superior St., Chicago. Details HERE.
  • Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 4 and 5, poetry readings, workshops, lit fair,panels, and slams. Proposals deadline is October 30. Details HERE.
  • O, Miami Poetry Festival, April 1 – 30, community based. Details HERE.
  • 14th Annual Palm Spring Poetry Festival, January 15 – 20, Delray Beach,Florida. Details HERE.

Accessible from anywhere in the world:

The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week 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 (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.

The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week opportunity knocks for poets and writers.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be, Vol. 4, Issue 1, theme: Music, will publish on October 15. This is our Four-Year Anniversary.



Introducing children’s books by Eva Petropoulou Lianou. available in Greece at Analogion – xylokastron, Adalakēs – xylokastron and other bookstores

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Off-subject but worthy of your attention

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: Special for our Silicon Valley/South Bay friends, a workshop hosted by Jazz Singer Candice Hawley as part of a good works project: Let’s Talk About It, a free and open discussion of Anxiety and Depression, Chemical Imbalances and overall Mental Health. Candice says, “you’ll hear stories of lived experience, see a presentation by Tanya Pekker, MFT, on anxiety and depression, engage in a Q&A with all participants and more . . .”  Saturday, October 28, 10 am – Noon, Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse, 2031 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA. Register HERE.

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 thatinformation – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income, publicity and marketing lists 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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