“I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words.” Ovid


Opportunity Knocks

ABLE MUSE publishes two-to-three times a year and welcomes submission of humorous or light poetry, short fiction, interviews, book reviews, essays on metrical poetry, personal essays and memoir, photography and artwork on a rolling basis. Details HERE.

THE MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW, A Quarterly of Literature The Arts and Public Affairs will open for submissions on October 1 for articles, essays, fiction, poetry, and translation. $50 honorarium. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.

THE MISSOURI REVIEW publishes poetry, fiction, and general interest nonfiction. Payment: $40 per printed page. Details HERE.

NEW LETTERS REVIEW publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry and the next deadline is May 31, 2019. Submission fee. Details HERE.

ODDBALL MAGAZINE – poetry, art, and entertainment for the masses – including performance pieces and music videos. Details HERE. “We are not your normal poetry magazine. We want to make poetry universal.”

RATTLE MAGAZINE publishes poetry and translation and submissions are accepted year-round. No submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

WORLD LITERATURE TODAY, University of Oklahoma publishes essays, book reviews, fiction, poetry, art, photography and audio.  Editorial calendar for 2019 and submissions guidelines 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 bardogroup@gmail.com.

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 We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.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. 

The Poet by Day



Response deadline is Monday, September 10, at 8 p.m. Pacific.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the September 11. Details HERE.




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.

Paul Brookes

FYI: Paul Brookes, a stalwart participant in The Poet by Day Wednesday Writing Prompt, is running an ongoing series on poets, Wombwell Rainbow Interviews. Connect with Paul if you’d like to be considered for an interview. Visit him, enjoy the interviews, get introduced to some poets who may be new to you, and learn a few things.


Opportunity Knocks

THE MISSOURI REVIEW Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is open for entries through October 1, 2018. $5,000 award for each genre. Details HERE.

THE MISSOURI REVIEW Miller Audio Prize for recordings of prose, poetry, documentary, and humor is open for entries through January 2019. $1,000 award in each category. Details HERE.

NARRATIVE MAGAZINE Fall 2018 Story Contest is now open for submissions of short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, and graphic stories. Cash awards. Entry fee: $26. Entries are considered for publication and become eligible for the Narrative prize. Deadline: November 30, 2018. Details HERE.

NEW LETTERS & BkMk PRESS offers a publication award for fiction (entry open now and due by October 28, 2018). The Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction (due by May 20, 2019), The New Letters Prize for Fiction (due by May 20, 2019) and The New Letters Prize for Poetry (due by May 20, 2019). The last three competitions listed open for submissions on November 1, 2018. Details HERE.


DON’T FORGET ON SEPTEMBER 29 as part of 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change Global 2018: 

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 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 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



1 Comment

  1. Love your photograph and Ovid’s words. Also, I want to thank you for all the information about submissions and other poetry events. You are doing a great job. Each and every poet on earth should be thankful to you.

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