SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Competitions, and Other Information and News

“Poetry is the only one of the arts which comes literally from inside the body, a thing secreted as well as made. It is not so much written as it is breathed onto the page.” from “Poetry Is Ordinary Language Raised to the Nth Power,” by Paul Engle, New York Times, 1957

BENNINGTON REVIEW, birds, not birdcages [Bennington College] publishes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction will open for submissions on November 1, 2018. Paying market. Details HERE.

CARTE-BLANCHE opens for submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and translations on October 1, 2018. Details HERE.

CHERRY TREE, A National Literary Journal @ Washington College invites submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and Literary Fade (a special feature) through October 1st for its fifthe issue. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE FANTASIST, A MAGAZINE OF FANTASY NOVELLAS is open to considering works from 15,000 to 40,000 words. Payment is $100 plus a % of ebook sales. Details HERE.

INVERTED SYNTAX, An Art and Literary Journal For Those Who Dare is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, illustration and other visual art. There’s also an interest in Blog articles on craft. Details HERE.

THE LITERARY REVIEW, which publishes essays, fiction, interviews and poetry,  will open for submissions in the fall. Watch HERE to see when calls open.

MAGNUM OPUS: A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness seeks submissions to its 2019 publication. Editor Vivikenand Jha say, “Poetry is the divine antidote to inner upheaval and is a medium of peace itself.” Poems of up to fifty lines from poets living anywhere in the world are welcome for consideration. Prior publication is okay if you hold the copyright. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Details HERE.

THE MALAHAT REVIEW publishes poetry, fIction,creative nonfiction, book reviews, and criticism and is open for submissions. Details HERE.

NARRATIVE, Tell me a story . . .  is “currently looking for great new short works in our iStory and iPoem categories.”

OPTIMUM POETRY ZINE will consider up to five poems for online publication. Details HERE.

RIVERFEET PRESS ANTHOLOGY is currently reviewing fiction, nonfiction and poetry for its second nature/environment themed anthology, Awake in the World,” through September 30, 2018. “Previously published content will be considered.” $10 USD submission fee. Details HERE.


The BeZine

Call for submissions for the December issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the December issue – themed A Life of the Spirit – closes on November 10 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific .


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

Publication is December 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. 

  • 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. 




Open call for submissions of poems, stories, essays, creative nonfiction to be considered for a Best of the Net Anthology published by Sundress Publications. Submissions must come from editors of journal, chapbook, zine and so on. Deadline is September 30, 2018. Details HERE.


  • The Eugene Paul Nassaar Poetry Prize, Utica College, Celebrating Upstate New York Authors. Cash award:$2,000. Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018 [The announcement says 2017, but I’m fairly certain that’s a mistake.] Details HERE.
  • Fan Story regularly hosts story and poem contests. Details HERE.
  • Stanza Poetry Competitions: Tradition. No entry fee to Poetry Society (UK) members. Closing date: Monday 10 Septermber 2018. Details HERE.



In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Vintage has published a new edition. The two short videos below Nabokov discusses Lolita in a show from the 1950s TV show, Close Up.


A good catch from our friend Michael Dickel (Meta/ Phor(e) /Play):


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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 weekend commitments, this post will often go up late.

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 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 (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