Opportunity Knocks

ABSINTHE: A Journal of World Literature in [English] Translation, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by living authors. No unsolicited manuscripts. Query only. Details HERE.

ALLUVUM, 21st century writing / 21st century approaches offers academics the possibility to publish “topical columns that are intended to reflect upon key issues and emerging trends in literature and literary criticism…”  Details on becoming an Alluvium contributor are HERE.  

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL publishes poems and true stories. No submisson fee.  Paying market. Open call for submissions for 2018 Christmas and Holiday collection HERE

GNU JOURNAL all genres are created equal accepts literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and is “friendly to genre fiction, YA literature, short plays, comics, photography, and writing that defies classification.”  Published online once a year and by MFA students at National University. No submission fees. Details HERE.

KWELI JOURNAL (Kweli is the Swahili word for “truth”) celebrates “community and cultural kinships.”  Demographic restrictions. Publishes fiction (short stories or novel excerpts), nonfiction and poetry online and in print. $3 submission fee for multimedia only.  Submit through May 30.  Details HERE.

RAMINGO’S PORCH has an open call for submissions. Deadline is January 26. Details HERE.

THE BELLADONNA COMEDY by “all women and non-binary/genderqueer writers however green or seasoned to submit.” No poetry. Demographic restrictions. Seeks comedic and satirical pieces. 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 We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.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 will go to a quarterly schedule in 2018:

  • March 2018 issue, Deadline February 10th. Theme: Peace.
  • June 2018 issue, Deadline May 10th. Theme: Sustainability
  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

Suggestions for sub-themes are still being reviewed. Send yours to

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

THE COLUMBIA REVIEW, the oldest college literary magazine in the nation, will reopen for submissions in February. Does accepts submissions from poets, writers, and artists outside the University. Print and online publication twice yearly. Details HERE.

THE WAX PAPER (after the Studs Turkel radio show The Wax Museum) “a broadsheet publication open to all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. The first priority of The Wax Paper is to expand our understanding of the people we share the world with, and in doing so, expand our understanding of ourselves. Pieces will be selected on their ability to illuminate the humanity and significance of the subjects that inhabit the work.” Submittable says “current reading period is open through June 30th.” Whether that means 2018 or 2017, I don’t know. I think she may have forgotten to update the page. Meanwhile, The Wax Paper IS currently open for submissions. Details HERE.

WHALE ROAD REVIEW accepts submissions of poetry and short prose in December. Open to submissions of reviews and pedagogy papers year-round. Details HERE.


VITA BREVIS is a fledgling publication. The Vita Brevis teams tells me that readers of The Poet by Day are just the kind of prospective contributors the editors seek.

I am so taken by this graceful and peaceful new effort that in spite of their fledgling status I sent them some poetry, see Wabi Sabi (inspired by Leonard Koren, Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophersand One Lifetime After Another this coming Tuesday.

Introducing the new kid on our literary block:

Ars longa, vita brevis” (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our literary magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our magazine is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

“Our team is small, young, and not one for the spotlight. Perhaps, you will never know us by name, but know that we will be reading and analyzing your work from our university dorms, fixated on bringing it to as many readers as possible–fixated on inspiring the second wave of existentialist literature. With that, we give all literary poets and writers our call-to-arms–send us your best work, and let us see what it can do!”

The Vita Brevis Team

Give them some love: visit, read, “Like,” comment, submit work, promote, donate and encourage them. Theirs is a clean and clear effort with what promises to be well-curated poetry and art. They’re off to a fine start and with little noise about it and no self-aggrandizement.

  • Vita Brevis has an open call for submissions and clear guidelines. No deadline.
  • Vita Brevis is sponsoring a three-line (eighty word) writing contest. Again, the guidelines are clear. The deadline is December 10th.


“A poem is a way into a person’s heart …” Pearl*

a special opportunity for youth

POWER POETRY ( “is the world’s first and largest mobile poetry community for youth. It is a one-of-a-kind place where you can be heard. Power Poetry isn’t just about poetry: it’s about finding your voice and using it change the world!”

If you are reading this from an email subscription, you’ll likely have to link through to The Poet by Day site to view this video.

* Pearl was featured in the film To Be Heard (2010), reviewed HERE in Slant Magazine



THADDEUS HUTYRA announced a new CHALLENGE competition. Your poem may contain any theme and be written in any poetic form. Details HERE on the Facebook public poetry group, Poetry Universe.

2018 PETER PORTER POETRY PRIZE, International Competitions. Entries are welcome from poets anywhere in the world. There is no age limit. “The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010).” Australian Book Review. Deadline: December 3, 2017. Details HERE.


  • Montmartre Mondays, La Cave Cafe, 134 rue Mrcadet, 75018, Paris France, 7:30 pm. “Monday nights in Montmartre at the lusciously low-key yet soignée Cave Café from 19h30 ’til the last metro, pianist-around-town Sheldon Forrest brings his versatile accompaniment to your turn at the vocal mic or playing along in the jam session blend, welcoming everyone to let your hair down in the wake of the weekend and get a collective groove going just right. As intro and outro, DJ Objet brings signature mixes of downtempo electronica with left-field classics from all genres for your listening and/or rug-cutting pleasure. Entrée libre always (hat-pass contributions most graciously appreciated) – Come on out to start the week on the good foot!”
  • The Dodge Poetry Festival 2018, the largest poetry event in North America will return to Newark, New Jersey from Thursday October 18th through Sunday October 21, 2018. For four days Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists. Details HERE.

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.
  • 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.


“connnecting poets for greatness”


DSCN2898The dawn of PIN Connect Centres on September 9, 2016 has been a huge success to Poets in Nigeria (PIN). In view of this, and in response to calls for new Connect Centres, applications/indications of interest to serve as PIN representatives for new Connect Centres within Nigerian localities are welcome. MORE


  • TRISH HOPKINS ( for donating $6 per order from her chapbook. ” You can now order a signed copy of my new chapbook Footnote, and for the next couple of weeks all proceeds ($6 per order) go to one of three charities of your choice: ACLU, Lambda, or Utah Humanities.”  Further details HERE.
  • Poets and Publishers MENDES BENITO, CATFISH McDARUS and ME PSKI (PSKI’S Porch Publishing) on the rollout of Ramingo’s Porch,  which is available through Amazon for $10. “I’m very proud of this issue that is the beginning of an amazing journey. First of all I want to thanks my fellows (and masters) Catfish McDaris and Me Pski. Grazie fratelli!’


“But now it’s time to give honor and glory to our authors. Get ready to applaude the works of: Ruben Macias, Carole Bromley, Daniel Snethen, Brenton Booth, Marianne Szlyk, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Michael Dwayne Smith, Paul Koniecki, Alyssa Trivett, Mark Blickley, Catfish McDaris, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Jesse Lynn Rucilez, Fred C. Applebaum, Janet Madden, Yi-Wen Huang, Wayne F Burke, Adhikari Sudeep, Marc Pietrzykowski, Rona Fitzgerald, Michael Lee Johnson, Lynn White, Linda Imbler, Kurt Lipschutz, Jason Baldinger, Charlotte Ormston, Jamie Dedes, Holly Day, John Patrick Robbins, Guinotte Wise, Francine Witte, Finola Scott, Eric Nicholson, Charles Joseph.” Mendes Benito (Ramingo’s Blog,  La Cultura Come Non Te L’Aspettavie)

SPECIAL REQUEST (deadline December 10, 2017): 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. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.



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