Opportunity Knocks

CALLALOO,  a publication of John Hopkins University Press, “is the premier journal of literature, art, and culture of the African Diaspora, publishes original work by and about writers and visual artists of African descent worldwide,” welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, critical articles, interviews, drama, and visual art.  This journal is published five times a year. Submission guidelines HERE.

COLUMBIA POETRY REVIEW accepts submissions during its reading period, July 1 – November 1 every year. Mark your calendar.  Submission fee $3.  Details HERE.

DRIFTWOOD PRESS publishes fiction, poetry, visual art, and craft essays and interview and welcomes “a wide variety of literary writing. We appreciate anything from stream of consciousness to minimalism, realism to absurdism, hybrid forms to experimental works, contemporary noir, or anything of literary merit.” Submissions fees. Details HERE.

GONE LAWN, a journal of poetry and progressive fiction, accepts submissions of “fiction, prose, prose poetry and verse, as well as visual narrative and work involving sound and motion” on a rolling basis. Details HERE.

INTO THE VOICE welcomes submission to be considered for Issue 8 through March 7, midnight EST.  This magazine features poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, feature articles, reviews, and visual arts. Details HERE.

MONZANO MOUNTAIN REVIEW is published out of New Mexico but is not restricted to residents there and submissions of flash fiction, poetry, visual art and photography are welcome. The deadline or Issue No. 2 is April 1, 2018. The theme is Summer Haunts / Summer Hauntings. Details HERE

STORM CELLAR, a literary journal of safety and danger and welcomes submissions of stories, creative nonfiction/essays, and poems. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the March issue – themed Peace are welcome through February 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST. You may choose to address the theme from the world peace perspective or from the inner peace perspective.


New rules: Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to

Publication is March 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 Statementand 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 be published on quarterly schedule in 2018 and for the foreseeable future:

  • 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 (Current suggestions  include: domestic abuse, eckphrastic poetry, the meaning/importance of poetry, and restorative justice.)

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 of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art.

THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers‘ New Voices category “is open year round to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. Authors with short story collections are free to submit.” Details HERE.

THE WALLACE STEVENS JOURNAL, a publication of Johns Hopkins University Press, “welcomes submissions on all aspects of Wallace Stevens’ poetry and life. Articles range from interpretive criticism of his poetry and essays to comparisons with other writers, from biographical and contextual studies to more theoretically informed reflections. Also welcome are previously unpublished primary or archival material and photographs, proposals for guest-edited special issues, as well as original Stevens-inspired artistic and creative works.” Details HERE.

Note: more info on Events, Comps and Calls at Anne Stewart’s poetry pf and on Trish Hopkins’ site.


Opportunity Knocks

2018 FORCE MAJEURE FLASH CONTEST of Storm Cellar Quarterly through April 30. Submission fees. Cash awards. Details HERE.

GLIMMER TRAIN PRESS INC. announced it’s upcoming New Writer Award of the year this week. Deadline: 2/28. Cash award for first place is $2,500 and publication. This is open to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Most submissions run 1,000 – 4,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine. Writing Guidelines. The complete 2018 Submission Calendar and guidelines are HERE.

NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION announced the National Book Award for Translated Literature. Submissions for the National Book Award for Translated Literature will open at the same time as submissions for all other categories, March 7. Details HERE.

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On Fire Cultural Movement

The 12 Week Poetry Challenge – Week 02
“I think of you in colours that don’t exist –
that’s not to say that I don’t think of you at all” – Jemma Silvert
> Best poems will be read by a renowned poet each week. This week’s poetry judge is Aprilia Zank
> Two best poems will get a copy of ‘Aatish’, An Anthology of Poems and Photographs on World Social Issues.
> After 12 weeks, two poems will get a wildcard entry to Aatish 2, alongside a few of the best poets around the world including Gulzar, Irshad Kamil, Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra, and many more.

THE 11TH SCRIPT PIPLINE TV WRITING COMPETITION is open through March 1.  $55 submissions fee. $25,000 winning prize. $1,000 to the runner up. Details HERE.

THE MASTERS REVIEW ANTHOLOGY PRIZE is open for submissions through March 31 for previously unpublished fiction or narrative fiction up to 8,000 words. $20 reading fee. Cash awards to the ten top emerging writers.  Rebecca Makkai is judging. Details HERE.


Michael Dickel (Meta / Phor(e) /Play) reading: On February 23, 7 pm, Hamilton, Ontario


Dates for your diary,2018:

  • Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May, Spring Festival
  •  Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August, Holland House Residential, and
  •  Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November, Autumn Festival

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.


  • PC Vandall for poetry published in Paris LitUp Press
  • Silva Zanoyan Merjanian for poetry published in LitUp Press
  • Iulia Gherghei for three poems in Setu Bilingua Magazine
  • Evelyn Augusto for her initiation of Guns Don’t Save People, Poets Do movement, Poet Takes a Stand Against Gun Violence in the United States
  • Tony Frisby for his well-received poem, A Name Painted in Blue this week on The Poet by Day. Tony emailed his appreciation to all for their acknowledements
  • Krysia Jopek for a job well-done:

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
  • your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.



PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.

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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