“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” The character Shug Avery in The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Opportunity Knocks

THE BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW  (BRW) “is named for the river that borders the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, BWR is the oldest continuously published literary journal produced by graduate students in the United States.” This biannual publication includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic writing, comics, and art and is published twice yearly. Black Warrior Review is reading submissions through September 1. Submission guidelines are HERE.  

CLEAVER MAGAZINE, Philadelphia’s International Literary Magazine reads submissions year round on a rolling basis for its quarterly lit mag, for Life As Activism, and for Radio Plays as well as Craft Essays, Travel Essays, Book Reviews, Letters to June Cleaver, and poetry.  Submission fees to cover the cost of the magazine’s Submittable subscription vary depending on whether or not you want an “expedited” response.  Details HERE.

CRAFT. publishes flash fiction, short fiction, craft essays, interviews and book reviews year-round. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

GRIST JOURNAL, University of Tennessee at Knoxville seeks poetry, fiction and nonfiction (craft essay, The Writing Life, reviews) through September 15. Reading/submission fee: $4, which is waved for subscribers. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

THE LAMPLIGHT MAGAZINE, A Quarterly Magazine of Dark Fiction is open for submissions of short stories and flash fiction and will consider previously published work through 15 November for 2019 issues. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

SAVANT BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS seeks submissions of poem for it’s 2019 Savant Poetry Anthology through 31 December 2018. No submission fee. No royalties or complementary copies. Details HERE.

ZYZZYVA, A San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letters founded in 2011 offers readers a curated view of contempoary fiction, nonfiction and poetry “with a distinctly San Francisco perpsective.” Submission guidelines 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, August 6, at 8 p.m. Pacific.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the August 7. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

BRITTINGHAMAND POLLAK POETRY PRIZE, University of Wisconsin Press, is open for submissions through September 15. Entry fee: $28. Cash award. Details HERE.

THE NATIONAL POETRY SOCIETY (U.K.) is open for submission  from anyone 17+ years at the time of entry. The competition is open internationally but poems must be in English. Submission fee. Cash awards. Deadline 31 October 2018. Details HERE.

THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE [The Moth Magazine] for an unpublished poem is open for entries through 31 December 2018. Entry fee: 12 € per poem. Cash awards. Details HERE.

THE GREGORY O’DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION is open for submissions from poets of any nationality through 30 November 2018 at midnight. Entry fee: €5 per poem or €20 for a batch of five. Cash awards and publication. Details HERE.

THE 2018 PLOUGH INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open for entries to its Open Poetry Competition 2018 and for The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition 2018 through 31 October 2018. Entry fee for both competitions: £5 per poem. Cash awards. 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.

For translations:

FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION PRIZE FOR TRANSLATION for best translation from French to English opens for submission in October 2018 for their 2019 award. The prizes are for fiction and nonfiction.  Details HERE.



GRANADA UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE and THE UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA RESIDENCY PROGRAMME for emerging writers in any country and language.  Application deadline: September 2018. The residency will be for two writer and one month – 1 November and 1 December 2018.  Deadline: 20 September 2018. Details HERE.

ANN SPENCER FELLOWSHIP, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts inaugural fellowship will provide a residency to an African-American writer. Application deadline: September 15. 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 emails.

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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