“The artist is not a special kind of person, but every person is a special kind of artist.” A. Coomaraswamy, Ceylonese Tamil philosopher and Metaphysicist, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West


Opportunity Knocks

BREATH & SHADOW is a publication of Ability Maine that only accepts work from people with physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairment that “significantly affects one or more major life functions.”  Publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and academic pieces. Will consider both original and previously published work. Payment on publication: $20 for poetry, $30 for fiction, and $30 for nonfiction. Details HERE.

GHOST CITY REVIEW (Ghost City Press) publishes poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, art and reviews. Details HERE.

INCUNABULA, Salem College’s Literary Magazine publishes art, comics, graphics, cartoons, photography, prose, poetry and short plays. Details HERE.

JOURNEY OF THE HEART, Women’s Spiritual Poetry submission guidelines are HERE.

LAVENDER REVIEW: Lesbian Poetry & Art is an international that publishes poetry and art in June and December. Details HERE.

LITERARY YARD is open for submissions and publishes stories, poems, essays and articles on literature, criticism and literary trends. Details HERE.

PARABOLA, The Search for Meaning, a quarterly journal exploring myths, symbols, and religious tradition particularly in relation to modern life. Themed issues. Publishes essays and translations, poetry, short fiction, “tangents” (reviews/books, moves, videos/performances, art exhibitions and so forth). Details HERE.

POETS / GIG, Unearth the poet within you publishes essays, haiku, poetry, prompts and quotes, and short stories. No submission fee. No payment.  This site is also a community with the opportunity for members to publish one of their poems a month. Details HERE.

RED HEN PRESS, A Nonprofit Literary Organization publishes “about twenty books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry” yearly …. and is open for submissions of “novels, memoir, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and story, essay, and poetry collections of exceptional literary merit that demonstrate a high level of master.”  $20 per submissions. Response 3-6 months. Details HERE

TIN HOUSE is accepting unsolicited manuscripts through October 15, 2018 for 2019 publication. Tin House publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

VERSE-VIRTUAL, An Online Community Journal of Poetry is “… a community first. And then we are a journal.” V-V offers the opportunity to be published to those who are active in the community.  Revewis submission the first ten days of the month. 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 – close 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. 


Opportunity Knocks


  • Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. $3,000. Residency. Publication. Submission fee $25.  Deadline: October 31, 2018.
  • Red Hen Press Fiction Award. $1,000. Publication. Submission fee: $25. Deadline: September 30.

Details HERE.

ICELAND WRITERS RETREAT ALUMNI AWARD 2019: Scholarship applications are being accepted through Wednesday, 31 October 2018. Details HERE.

“NARRATIVE INVITES all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send us their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today.” Cash awards. $25 entry fee. Deadline: November 18, 2018. Details HERE.


The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, September 17, 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.


Prolific Yorkshire Poet, 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.

The Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Jamie Dedes

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


artwork courtesy of Corina Ravenscraft (Dragon’s Dreams)

AND DO VISIT US AT THE BeZINE ON SEPTEMBER 29 for our Virtual 100TPC with our world-class Master of Ceremonies, Michael Dickel (Meta / Phor (e) Play). If you are in Israel or going to be there for Sukot, please connect with Michael for 100TPC at Sukot.



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

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