“Spring, spring! Bytuene Mershe ant Averil, when spray biginneth to spring! When shaws be sheene and swards full fayre, and leaves both large and longe! When the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces, in the spring time, the only pretty ring time, when the birds do sing, hey-ding-a-ding ding, cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-wee, ta-witta-woo! And so on and so on and so on. See almost any poet between the Bronze Age and 1805.” George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying


Opportunity Knocks

AADUNA, An Online Adventure with Words and Images “seeks to uncover new and emerging creative visionaries, especially people of color, in the realm of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and the visual arts.”  Submissions for fall/winter are closed but are open for the spring issue through November 16. Detailed submission guidelines HERE.

AMERICAN SHORT FICTION reads short fiction year round and has a submission fee of $3. Details HERE.

THE ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP publishes two online magazines, The Margins and Open City. The Margins publishes poetry. AAWW’s Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship, Fall 28 closes on July 23Submission details for all are HERE.

THE ASHLAND POETRY PRESS “considers queries from authors who have published multiple books and are ready to showcase their work in a volume of new and selected poems. Poets who are interested in publishing a new and selected volume should first write and include a list of previous published works prior to sending a full-length manuscript.”

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW (University of Alabama) is currently reading fiction, nonfiction and poetry through September 1, 2018. This publication is also interested in graphic writing, art and comics. Details HERE.

BOYFRIEND VILLAGE, online from Black Warrior Review, accepts submissions from March 1 through March 31. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

CATAPULT, launching remarkable wring, publishes narrative fiction and nonfiction books and a magazine, offers classes, and hosts an online community where you can post some of your work. Details HERE.

SOFT SKULL PRESS reads book-length manuscripts of literary fiction under 50,000 words in April (mark your calendar). Submission period for nonfiction proposals opens on October 1.   Watch the site for detailed announcements. 


The BeZine

Call for submissions for the September issue.

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

NEW NOTATION: There will be a subsection themed Be the Peace. Submissions are invited to that section as well and you can submit to both sections.

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. 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. 

The Poet by Day



Response deadline is Monday, July 17, at 8 p.m. PDT.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the July 17. Details HERE.


BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW (University of Alabama) 2018 Contest is open for entry through September 1, 2018.  Awards are for fiction, nonfiction, poetry. flash fiction and hybrid works. $20 entry fee for all except flash, which is $8. Cash awards. Details HERE.

PRESS 53 publishes short fiction and poetry collections of U.S.based writers only. The reading period for short fiction award is September 1 – December 31. Mark your calendar. The press award for poetry closes on July 31. Details HERE.

 SALMAGUNDI, a quarterly published at Skidmore College, opens for reading poetry and reading fiction, personal essays, or cultural criticism to 12,000 words on January 1, 2019. Mark your calendar. (Book reviews are by commission only.) Submission guildelines 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.






Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

* The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

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