“I walk through the old yellow sunlight
to get to my kitchen table
the poem about me
lying there with the books
in which I am listed
among the dead and future Dylans”
Leonard Cohen, The Energy of Slaves


Opportunity Knocks

THE ASSES OF PARNASSUS, an online collection of “short, witty, formal poems.” Open submissions. Check it out HERE.

ACUMEN, Poetry Prose Reviews (U.K.) is one of the oldest literary journals, founded in 1985 and publishing poetry, articles and features.  Submission guidelines HERE.

ANIMA MAGAZINE, Poems of Soul and Spirit appreciates the works of writers who question the Western materialist paradigm. Watch the site for announcements of the next reading period, Issue 6.

BOMB MAGAZINE publishes fiction and nonfiction. The next reading period is from July 1 – July 31.  Details HERE.  No unsolicited pitches for interviews, portfolios or reviews.

CARTE BLACHE publishes fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays three-times-a year. The next period is: October 1 – December 31.  Details HERE.

GRANTA is not currently open for poetry submissions but will reopen for fiction sometime late this year.  The editors say: “After long discussions, we have decided to trial a service fee of £3/$4, equivalent to printing and postage, for prose submissions only. We will not be charging for poetry or art and photography submissions.” Details HERE.

HARPER’S MAGAZINE publishes fiction, nonfiction, art, illustration and photography. Query first for fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

JOYLAND MAGAZINE publishes short fiction, novel excerpts and essays, selecting stories regionally.  $4 submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

MUD SEASON REVIEW is open for submissions of poetry, nonfiction and art through July 1, 2018.  Details HERE.

NEW MADRID, Journal of Contemporary Literature of the Low-residency MFA program at Murray State publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Calls for submissions for the winter issue will open on August 15 and run through October 15. Theme: Total Eclipe. Details HERE.

THE NEW TERRITORY MAGAZINE publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, comics and genre-benders relative to the Lower Midwestern U.S.  Submissions are not yet open for the fall/winder issue. Details HERE.

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open for submissions of short and long prose and short and long poetry through July 31 for its fall/winder publications. Submisssion fees are $4 or $5.  Cash payments: $50 for short works, $125 for longer works. Details HERE.

WTW PRESS BOOKS, “a 501c(3) non-profit, founded and directed by Peg Alford Pursell, that supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature…”  is reading through June 30, 2018.  Unpublished manuscripts. Details HERE.

The BeZine

Call for submission for the September issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the September issue – themed Sustainability – close on August 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

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 bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is September 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. 

  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

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 for consideration. 


Opportunity Knocks

THE BOOKSIE 2018 POETRY CONTEST grand prize and two runners-up. $6.95 entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.

2018 CROSSWINDS ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST: reading period through December 31.  Entry fee: $20. Payment: Contributor copy.  Details HERE.

THE EYELANDS 8TH INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST is open through June 20. Up to 2,500 words. Theme: Luggage. First prize: holiday in Crete.  €10 entry fee. Details HERE.

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS SHORT STORY and FLASH FICTION COMPETITIONS: Both have a First Prize of £250; Second Prize: £50; Third Prize: £25. Closes on July 31. Details HERE.

PRAIRE SCHOONER is accepting entries to its Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest – essays up to 5,000 words –  through August 1.  Entry fee: $18. $500 cash award to the winner and publication. Details HERE.  Scroll down.

31 Free [Fiction] Writing Contests: Ligitimate Competitions with Cash Priszes,The Writing Life, Kelly Gurnett

Second Light [UK] Mary MacRae ‘Access to Poetry’ Memorial Fund

The Fund

The Mary MacRae ‘Access to Poetry’ Memorial Fund: many will remember the outstanding poet and Second Light member, Mary MacRae (her books As Birds Do and Inside the Brightness of Red are available from Second Light).

The Fund has been created in her memory, begun with a substantial donation from Mary’s family, with the intention of providing modest grants to enable members on low income, along with a travel companion if they are unable to travel alone, to come to Second Light events.

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the fund in Mary’s memory, all donations, however small, will be most welcome. Donate to the Fund.

Second Light Network 

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 or status. 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. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.
  • 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.



Response deadline is Monday, June 4th at 8 p.m. PDT. All poems shared on theme will be published on this site on Tuesday, the 5th. Details HERE.

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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