Opportunity Knocks

MAYDAY MAGAZINE art literature commentary publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction (including personal essays, critical articles, book reviews, and interviews), translations, and visual art. Details HERE.

NOCTUA REVIEW,  a publication of Southern Connecticut State University, publishes art, short fiction and poetry and is open or submission. Deadline: December 31, 2017. The General theme for 2018: instinct.  “General submissions should, but are not required to, adhere to the annual theme.” Details HERE.

THE SONDER REVIEW literary review and small press is open for submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art for online and print publications. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRUM Literature and Art publishes short fiction (up to 8,000 words), nonfiction (up to 8,000 words), poetry (up to 35 lines) and visual arts by new and emerging talent as well as established. Deadline: December 15. 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 We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.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.

Previously published work may be submitted if you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions short stores, feature articles, music videos and art.

THE BOOKENDS REVIEW, an independent literary has a call for submissions of visual art or the cover of its upcoming Best of 2017 Anthology. Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and mixed-media are welcome or consideration. Deadline: January 21, 2018. Details HERE.

THE FLEXIBLE PERSONA, a literary magazine, publishes print issues twice-a-year and semi-weekly “web flash” – fiction (1,200 – 6,500), poetry, and short essays on the craft of writing. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.

THE WAiF PROJECT (The Where Am i From Project) is “a not-for-profit online journal that publishes creatively written, true stories about moving around in today’s world, and bumping into other people.” The deadline for their inaugural issue is December 15. The theme is choice, as in choosing to migrate. “All forms of creative narrative are accepted — long form, short form, personal essay, graphic narrative (i.e. illustration, comic art), poetic prose, et cetera.”  Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

SEQUESTRUM 2018 EDITOR’S REPRINT AWARD is open for submissions for “reprints.” Cash awards $500 to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. There will be a first-prize winner and “a minimum of two runners-up per genre.”  $15 entry fees.Deadline: April 30, 2018. Details HERE.

SONDER PRESS, “sister” to the above literary review, publishes fiction and narrative nonfiction. It hosts an annual chapbook contest that will close on November 30, 2018. Submission fee is $10 for manuscripts between 4,000 and 15,000 words. Details HERE.

THE NEW AMERICAN PRESS 2018 New American Poetry Prize is open for submissions. The deadline is January 15, 2018. Details HERE.

THE SOUTHERN REVIEW accepts unsolicited poetry through February 1st. $3 service charge for online submissions. Payment is $25 per page with a max of $200 and copies. Details HERE.


  • TONIGHT: The Academy of American Poets in New York City and Berkeley Books of Paris host Jennifer K. Dick, the last in their fall series on American poets in Paris. Ms. Dick’s reading will take place at 7:30 pm tonight at Berkeley Books (8, rue Casimir Delavigne in Paris, France 75006).
  • Poets Ian Dreiblatt & Judah Rubin will read under sponsorship of the Poetry Project regular Monday evening events. 8 pm EST, St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York  General admission: $8. Students and Seniors: $7. Project members: $5. ” … or free; no one turned away for inability to pay.”
  • UCLA, Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages and Cultures, Poetry & Music Night, March 7, 2018, 6 – 7:30 pm, 314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, LA.An evening of poetry from Eastern and Central Europe with musical performances of great works by composers such as Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev to be performed by students from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music! This event is free and open to the public.
  • The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival in which 96 of the best female-identified poets in slam compete for the women’s slam championship. March 15th – 17th at multiple venues in Dallas. The top poets will go on to finals at Majestic Theater to compete for the title of The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. 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.


  • DON BEUKES (The Salamander Chronicles) and Alien Buddha Press on the publication of Volume 1 of Don’s Icarus Rising, a collection of ekphrasic poems and the art works that inspired them.
  • REUBEN WOOLLEY (reuben woolley) who found I Am Not a Silent Poet Facebook group and magazine,a magazine for poetry and artwork protesting against abuse in any of its forms. The Facebook group is three years old and has 5,888 members. It’s grown quite a lot from the fifty original members. The magazine has received 143,548 views. Reuben’s newest collection is Broken Stories (2017, Vision Publishing).

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 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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