Opportunity Knocks

BEATDOM LITERARY MAGAZINE, a beat-generation literary journal publishes essays, short stories, poetry and art but primarily seeks essays about the Beats. Pays $50 for accepted essays. Currently interested in essays about the Beats in Asia. Deadline: March 1, 2018 Details HERE.

BLUELINE, A literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks was founded in 1979 and sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. Submission window closes on November 30. Blueline editors welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and seek “poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome creative nonfiction that interprets the literature or culture of the region, including northern New York, New England and Eastern Canada.”  Submission guidelines HERE.

CLOUDTHROAT “is an online Indigenous journal that aims to publish the vast spectrum of Indigenous venture, creativity, and revolt. Our goal is to act as a platform for Indigenous innovation through writing and art and publish the diverse voices of Indigenous communities.”  Folio Submissions are open for the first folio edition featuring Indigenous women, non-binary communities, and two-spirit communities. Deadline is November 30, 2017 Visit the blog post for more information.

COFFEE, TEA and POETRY coffeeteaandpoetry dot net is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes. Send food poems and brief bio to Jamie Dedes for consideration – with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line. Recent Posts: A poem after Basho … and Genmaicha, the people’s tea and Research on Parkinson’s Disease … and Ketogenic Diet for PD; today’s poem is “Vision Quest.”

GEIST a magazine of ideas and culture publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, little know acts of interest, cartography and crossword.  Details HERE.

PALIMPSEST, a biannual print publication edited by graduate and professional students at Yale University, featuring fiction, poetry, visual art, nonfiction, and media related to architecture and music has announced a call for submissions for its upcoming issue, Volume IX: TRANS: Across. Beyond. Between.   Current reading period ends November 30th. Details HERE.

PACIFIC LITERARY REVIEW publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art & design twice a year in print and all year online. Details HERE.

ROOT & STAR the magazine for the whole child is open for submissions for: Issue 16 July/August: ORANGE (deadline January 1, 2018); Issue 17 September/October: CROWS (deadline February 1, 2018); Issue 18 November/December: STONES (deadline April 1, 2018). Details HERE.

SAND HILLS LITERARY MAGAZINE, “Augusta University’s premiere little magazine,” welcomes submissions from U.S. writers and artists for its first national publication scheduled to debut in Spring 2018.  Interest is in drama, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction and visual arts. Submissions fees: $3. Deadline: December 15. Details HERE.

SAND HILL REVIEW is open for submissions of stories, nonfiction articles and poems. Reading fee: $10. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be December issue – themed Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles)  is now open and the deadline is December 10thNEW RULES: Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send submissions to me (Jamie) at Publication is December 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. 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 an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

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. I am especially interested now in short stores, feature articles, music videos and art. / J.D.


Opportunity Knocks

CUTBANK ONLINE Genre Contests are open for submission. Winners will be featured in CutBank 89, the summer 2018 issue, and will receive $500. “All submissions will be considered for print publication. Submission dates vary so be sure to carefully consult the site. There are three contests: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Details HERE.


  • Join poets Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Paul Tran as they read from their work at Zinc Bar, 82nd W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, on November 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • POETREE ~ A lively discussion of reading and writing poetry. Contact: info@sapl.org6:00pm, Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249 San Antonio, Texas


2017 INDIGINOUS PEOPLES SUNRISE GATHERING ON ALCATRAZ Departure: Alcatraz Pier 33 Ferry Terminal Each year on Thanksgiving morning Alcatraz is closed for the day for regular visitors, but from 4:45 AM till 6:00 AM the ferries run every 15 minutes and bring people to the island to celebrate the Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering After the event the ferries run from Pier 33 until the last sailing at 8:45 AM, when all visitors must leave Alcatraz. Tickets (IN ADVANCE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED) cost $14 per person & free for kids under 5.The box office opens at 3:00 AM Thanksgiving morning, or you can buy tickets online here.


ALL POETRY says it’s the largest poetry community, more than 500,000 poets, beginners and experts who offer critiques. The site sponsores no-fee contests, cash prizes, discussion forums, and publishes an annual anthology.

dVERSE POETS PUB hosts prompts three times a week, form and theme based, which allow you to exercise your writing muscle and “meet” other poets and writers.

WRITER’S DIGEST offers weekly writing prompts to help you with your latest novel or short story effort.

Some suggested Facebook groups:

If you have a Facebook Poetry or Arts Group you’d like included in next week’s Sunday Announcements send it to with “announcement” in subject line.


  • Hélène Cardona for a lovely book review of Life in Suspension in the Pacific Rim Review of Books.
  • Amy Barry for her collection, Spearing Dreams.


American Book Fest has announced the winners and finalists of The 2017 Best Book Awards . Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2015-2017.

Among the award winners is our own Hélène Cardona for Life in Suspension.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their fifteenth year, “The 2017 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Rowman & Littlefield, New American Library, Forge/Tor Books, John Hopkins University Press, MIT Press and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition!

Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 96,000 current Facebook fans.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2017 Best Book Awards are available online at American Book Fest.

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) 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 (except for vacation) 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.

SPECIAL REQUEST: More and more magazines are charging submission fees and these are in some cases going up. The highest I encountered recently was $23 for the submission of one poem. Sometimes the publication pays writers and poets. Sometimes it doesn’t. This is not new, of course. Its been going on for some years now. It makes me wonder how much of a barrier that creates for writers. I’m collecting material on how you feel about these charges as a poet/writer and/or editor. Fair? Not fair? Okay depending on rate? Okay depending on whether or not they pay poets and writers? That sort of thing. I do plan to share the results of this informal survey at The Poet by Day. I won’t quote you by name without first getting your permission. Please let me know your thoughts about submission fees in the comments section below or by email:  Thank you! J.D.


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:

  • send PDF to (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything. Thank you!)
  • 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 (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


1 Comment

Thank you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s