“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth.
You are also as strong as your strongest link.
To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean
by the frailty of its foam.
To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


Opportunity Knocks

THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW publishes contemporary poetry and literary prose. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.

 CIMARRON REVIEW, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography. Details HERE

COFFIN BELL, a journal of dark literature and another newbie reads year-round and publishes flash fiction, short story, CNF (creative nonfiction), poetry, and visual art. Not a paying market. $3 submission fee. Details HERE

LONG ISLAND LITERARY JOURNAL, a celebration of local literature, a new publication, is accepting submission through October 3 or its third issue of poetry, prose, and short stories. Details HERE.

NEW LETTERS & BkMkPRESS, Publishing Great Literature publishes four issues each year, expresses a concern with literary excellence and is a paying market seeking fiction, art and criticism. Details HERE.

NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, Franklin Pierce University  is in its 38th year and publishes one issue each year that includes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The reading period is August 1 – December 30.  This journal’s focus is on the Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine regions. Details HERE.

PLOUSHARES is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry through January 15. Submission fee of $3 is waved for subscribers during Plowshares regular reading period. Contributor honorarium on publication. Details HERE.

POTOMAC REVIEW, Montgomery College is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Details HERE.

THE VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review), A National Journal of Literature & Discussions is a long-lived journal founded in 1925 that prides itself in publishing “the best writing we can find,” which includes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and book reviews. This is a paying market. No submission fees. Tight deadline: reading period is annually through the month of July, so this one ends on the 31st, just two days from now. Details HERE.  


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 30, at 8 p.m. Pacific.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the July 31. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

Be a part of our great writing contest.

LifeOfWriters.com is happy to let you all know we have a new free writing contest.

“The House” is the title of this free writing contest on LifeOfWriters. We are very excited to read all the wonderful stories that you can come up with, so hurry up and go to LifeOfWriters.com to see the criteria.

The contest will close on September 15. 2018.

The prizes are:
1. Place 45 USD to Amazon
2.Place 35 USD to Amazon
3.Place 25 USD to Amazon

NEW LETTERS & BkMkPRESS, Publishing Great Literature is open for submission to its $750 New Letters Publication Award in Fiction through October 28, 2018. New Letters is open through May 20, 2019 for submissions to The $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction (best essay); The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry (best group of three to six poems); and, The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction (best short story). Details HERE.

SPOOKY SAMHAIN 2018 CONTEST, Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is accepting submissions through August 31 of “True Tales of Terror,’ Spooky Semi-True Stores,” or “Fantastic Frights.’  No submission fee. Modest cash awards. Details HERE.


The deadline for Narrative Magazine Spring 2018 Story Contest is this Tuesday, July 31. Cash awards: first prize,$2,500; second prize, $1,000; third prize, $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. According to the publisher, all contest entries are considered for publication. Submission fee: $26  for each entry, which includes three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage. 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.

AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW/HONICKMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE is open for submissions through October 31, 2018. Sharon Olds is judge. $25 entry fee. Cash award: $3,000. 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 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.

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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