Opportunity Knocks

A WANTON TEXT PRODUCTION, a freewheeling small press, accepts submissions of “visual and concrete poetry, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art …” on a rolling basis. Details HERE.

ANGRY OLD MAN (AOM), experiental art and poetry “accepts visual and concrete poetry, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art, etc…. Essays/non-fiction/journalism are (heartily) accepted (especially related to contemporary art/poetry). AOM indulges the non-mainstream. If you have something to say that bucks accepted (and acceptable) dogma (especially within so-called experimental circles), and is (probably) considered unpublishable by both mainstream and “experimental” outlets, please feel free to submit.” Details HERE. Published by A Wanton Text Production, a freewheeling small press.

FIRST LINE LITERARY JOURNAL is all about a “first line” writing prompt for fiction and nonfiction. The publication comes out four times a year. No submission fee. Paying market. DEADLINE: November 1, 2017. Details HERE.

FOUNTAIN MAGAZINE is published bimonthly and has an open all for submissions of articles on upcoming themes: – Violence: Root Causes and Solutions; Environmental Ethics and Spirituality; Internet and Society; Biomedical Science, Health, Technology and Society; Challenges and Opportunities for Interfaith Dialogue; Family and Society; Economic Crisis and Intolerance. Details HERE.

HORROR ADDICTS has an open call for its upcoming Crescendo of Darkness, A Horror Anthology edited by Jeremiah Donaldson. The theme is music. Fiction from 2,000 to 5,000 words is welcome for consideration. If accepted the payment is $10 and a digital contributor copy. The deadline is October 31, 2017. Details are HERE.

NINTH LETTER is a collaborative arts and literary project of the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. It is edited by faculty and students. Ninth letter has an call for submissions of fiction (closes November 30) and poetry (through February 28). Details HERE. This publication hosts an annual competition which begins in March.  Watch the site for announcements.

PALOOKA is an international press and online lit mag that publishes “many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narratives, comic strips, artwork, and photography.” $2.50 submission fee for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. No submission fee on graphic narratives and comic strips, photography and art. Details HERE.

READER’S DIGEST accepts proposals for feature articles. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRIUM, Literature and Arts publishes on a rolling basis – “about every two weeks” –  is a paying market for short fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual arts.  Will consider unsolicited manuscripts. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE call for submissions

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 read at least one issue 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.

The BeZine is a gift of life and love and an entirely volunteer effort. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge for submissions or subscriptions.

I do consider previously published work if you hold the copyright and I encourage submissions from beginning and emerging poets and writers as well as pro. / J.D.

The BeZine fosters understanding through a shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited; seeks to make a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as hope, friendship, reason and birth. Actively supports peace, environmental sustainability, social justice and a life of the spirit.


  • The October music issue of The BeZine is available for reading.
  • HEADS-UP ON THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF The BeZine: the theme is Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles). Deadline: December 10.
  • 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


Coffee, Tea and Poetry is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Send food poems and brief bio to Jamie Dedes for consideration – with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line.

Encourages responsible sourcing and wholesome – not prefabricated – foods.

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Opportunity Knocks

Anhinga Press, 2017 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize, 18-14 pages of poetry that may include previously published works. Entry free. Cash award and publication. Deadline: December 17, 2017. Details HERE.

READERS DIGEST 100 WORD STORY COMPETITION, a  competition for a true story. Monthly. $100 award, No entry fee. Details HERE.


THE TONY HILLERMAN PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERY SET IN THE SOUTHWEST 2018 Contest. Deadline: January 2, 2018. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THE POETRY NOOK, Poetry for Every Occasion collects classic poems, famous poems, love poems, and your poems. Sponsors a weekly poetry contest. $150 for the winning poem, $15 for honorable mentions, free entry, prior publication is okay. Each contest ends on Sunday with results published on the following Sunday. Registration required. Details HEREWinners and honorable mention are eligible for inclusion in anthologies.

LIFE OF WRITERS was established in 2013 as “the place where you as a writer can meet equals and discuss the journey of getting your work such as a poem, short story, novel or screenplay published. This is a place where you can get inspired by others, or even inspire others yourself. For the time spend here, in return you will get new ideas, thoughts and tools that you may not have thought about before. We hope that you find our website a fun and productive place to meet fellow writers.”  Those with self-published books can post info. This site hosts a themed short-story contest each month. No fees. Registration required.  Details HERE.

THE FOUNTAIN MAGAZINE hosts an annual essay contest. 1,500 – 2,500 words. The current them is How to face a disaster?: “Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.” Prize: 1st Place – $1,000, 2nd Place – $500, 3rd Place – $300, Two Honorable Mentions – $150 each. Deadline: January 31, 2018.


NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS annually provides over $650,000 in cash grants to people pursuing artistic excellence in all forms, as well as a variety of artist-in-residence opportunities. Details HERE.


  • Nov. 12, Sunday, 1pm – 2:30 pm Rising from the Ashes. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol, CA  95472 Sonoma County poets will gather to both honor the pain and celebrate the resilience of those who have been through so much from the disastrous fires. Organized by 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Susan Lamont, current Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Dunkle, former Sonoma County Poets Laureate Terry Ehret and Katherine Hastings and Rumi’s Caravan poet Larry Robinson
  • Willis and Tony Barnstone, Poets of the Bible, Nov. 13, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Hilton Obenzinger reads from Treyf Peach, Nov. 15, Wednesday, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Bao Phi, Button Poetry Live, November 6, Monday, 7 pm – 10:30 pm, Camp Bar, 490 Robert St. N., Saint Paul, Minnesota Details HERE.
  • Button Poetry at Icehouse V: Rudy Francisco Release Party, November 19, Sunday, 7 pm – 9 pm, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN $15 in advance. $20 at the door. Includes copy of the book. Details HERE.
  • A Verse Record: Poet’s Journals/Journal Poems – Master class with Stacy Szymaszek, October 26, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, St. Mark’s Church, Parish Hall, NY, NY. $95 admission. For details email:
  • GLOBAL DAY OF CLAY is a “worldwide celebration of ceramics in all its forms, connecting professional ceramicists, artists, academics and everyday ceramics lovers everywhere to explore new ideas, innovations and works that are shaping the future of the art form.” Details HEREHosted by 92Y in New York and NCECA

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 – always online HERE.  
  • Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.  Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.


POETRY FLASH, LITERARY REVIEW & CALENDAR FOR THE WEST builds community through literature, providing literary writing, access to literary activities, information, and inspiration to writers and the public through publishing and events. Publication is our primary expression, both online and in print. MORE


  • The hugely talented and multi-award winning UK poet Anne Stewart’s Let It All Come to Us is available in English and Romanian in print     as free download

POETS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: Here is Anne zip-lining


Poet Evelyn Augusto calls on you to invite her to your high schools to speak out on gun safety.
(c) Elayne Mosher Campoli /event hosted by Elayne Moshr Campoli

“Rise and Resist For Sensible Gun Safety
We will have an information table for voter registration and letter writing campaign to our representatives.
Our program includes:
Evelyn Augusto
Invitations have also been extended to the State and City Police
Maybe you!? (Email to sign up)

Join in a series of Rise And Resist protests, drawing from movements including Indivisible and the Women’s March. Each month on the first Thursday we will gather to take a stand on an issue we are passionate about. We are looking to collaborate with other local groups to plan topics, please contact us for more info. Format includes open mic (sign up ahead), candlelight vigil and singing. We set up an informational table so folks can sign up to stay involved in the larger movement, get registered to vote, write letters to their representatives, and make posters.”

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 rarely attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.



    1. That’s kind, Lara. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’ve been thinking about you and wondering if you’ve got something for this next issue of the Zine. The theme is consistent with some of your interests/concerns.

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