Excuse the modesty and lateness of this week’s announcements. I’m still in the process of unpacking and settling in after my recent relocation. Good luck with your submissions. / J.D.


Opportunity Knocks

ABYSS & APEX MAGAZINE publishes fiction, flash fiction, poetry and small press reviews.  Next fiction deadline is February 2019. The reading period for poetry opens this May. Details HERE.

NINTH LETTER accepts submissions of fiction, poetry and essays from September 1 – November 30 for its print edition. Details HERENinth Letter is interested in submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Winter 2018.  Submissions (poetry and short fiction or nonfiction) will be open from September 1 to November 5. Details HERE.

SPLICKETY PUBLISHING GROUP “fills gaps in the modern reader’s day with concise, poignant fiction under 1,000 words. We want stories that hit fast and strike hard––stories that, no matter the genre, can cut through the day’s troubles and grip readers with short attention spans.” Paying market. $0.02 per word. Submissions Guidelines HERE.

THE BeZINE’s next issue is scheduled for June 15, 2018 and the deadline for submissions is May 10, 2018. More details to come in a post next week.  Meanwhile, please read to prepare for submissions.

TIFERET (tiff-éh-ret), Fostering Peace Through Literature & Art is “a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic publication and community at the nexus of literature and spirituality.” The editors consider fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photography. This journal is published twice yearly. Submission guidelines HERE.

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Opportunity Knocks

NINTH LETTER LITERARY AWARDS is open through April 30 for submissions of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Cash award: $1,000. Publication in Fall/Winter 2018-19 issue. Entry free $17. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRUM’S LITERARY JOURNAL 2018 Editor’s Reprint Award is $500 to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry are judged separately, with a first-prize winner and a minimum of two runners-up per genre.  Deadline: April 30, 2018. Details HERE.


  • DISABILITY POETRY WORKSHOP. Poetry of Disability, Thursday, March 29, 5-7 p.m CDT Room 200A of the Library of Health Sciences – Chicago UIC, 1750 W.Polk Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612. “All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we will read and discuss poetry of disability. A creative writing workshop, where participants will be guided through composing an original poem, concludes the session.”
  • POETRY OFF THE SHELF hosted by the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine and featuring Jorie Graham on Thursday, March 29 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT at 61 W Superior St. Chicago Illinois.
  • JASON BAYANI IN LOCUS OF CONTROL hosted by the Poetry Center San José at Cafe Stritch, 374 S. 1st St. San Jose, California. Tickets HERE. Early purchase: $10. At the door: $15. Directed by award-winning performing artist, Kat Evasco, the show explores the lives of Filipino immigrants in America, taking you through Bayani’s hip-hop inspired youth, club-going college days, and turbulent adulthood. Locus of Control navigates his experience dealing with race, mental health, addiction, and his status as the first American-born child in his family. Utilizing poetry, storytelling, music, and multimedia, Bayani pieces together the different threads of his life while struggling to make sense of Walter Benjamin’s notion of redeeming the past in present time.

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (2013 Write Bloody Publishing). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, “Locus of Control” in 2016. His second book, Locus, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in 2019.

  • MIKE McGEE, SANT CLARA COUNTY POET LAUREATE INAUGURATION, April 7, Noon – 2 p.m. Milpitas Library Auditorium, 160 N. Main Street, Milpitas, California 95035. A celebration of the beginning of Mike’s two year term as Poet Laureate, 2018 to 2020. Enjoy a lively performance by the Poet Laureate, Mighty Mike McGee, international poetry slam champion and local artist and icon. Free. (408) 262-1171

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APRIL 10, 2018, 7:30 PM – 10 PM UTC+03. The arc 25 public reading in Tel Aviv. Hosted by Mark L. Levinson and Lois Michal Unger at 17 Rashi Street, Tel Aviv




Food, Music, Books, Books, Books

YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. 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 jamiededes@gmail.com (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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