“To be a successful fiction writer you have to write well, write a lot … and let ‘em know you’ve written it! Then rinse and repeat.” Gerard de Marigny, The Watchman of Ephraim


Opportunity Knocks

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE publishes poems, reviews and essays and is a paying market. No submission fees. Details HERE.

BARREL HOUSE publishes prose and poetry and is open for submissions. Details HERE.

CUTBANK, The Literary Journal of the University of Montana is open through February 1 for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Details HERE.

GALLI BOOKS, Socially Conscious Speculative Fiction opens for submissions to Rosalind’s Siblings, an anthology, on November 1st. Deadline: December 1st. “Rosalind’s Siblings is an anthology of speculative stories about people of marginalized genders/sexes who are scientists: scientists doing good, changing the world, or just getting on with their work of expanding human knowledge in a speculative context, presented in a positive light. This anthology is named for Rosalind Franklin, the so-called Dark Lady of DNA, one of the most famously erased female scientists in history, and a direct relation of the founder of Galli Books. The anthology is being edited by Bogi Takács.” Details HERE.

GOLDFISH PRESS and CHA are publishing a joint anthology and have an open call for submissions “to promote cross-cultural understanding between the West and Asia … We are looking particularly for 1) North American poems engaging with Asia and 2) Asian poems engaging with North America. Poets are welcome to define ‘engagement’ in their own way.” Deadline: 30 November 2018. Details HERE.

PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE PRESS, Dark Moon Digest, a quarterly horror magazine, is open for submissions of flash fiction. Details HERE.

RATTLE is open for submissions of “Tribute Calls” poetry and artwork dedicated to “some social, vocational, or stylistic group. Details HERE.

SHENANDOAH, The Washington and Lee University Review has a new editorial leadership, Beth Staples, and is open for submissions through April 1, 2019 for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 issues.  Shenandoah publishes short stories, essays, novel excerpts, poems, comics and translations. Details HERE.

OXFORD REVIEW publishes fiction and nonfiction and re-opens for submissions on January 1, 2019.  Mark your calendar. 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

2019 COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY seeks book-length poetry manuscripts from October 1st – January 15, 2019. “The winning book will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2019. The poet will receive a $2,000 honorarium.” Entry fee: $28. Details HERE.

THE CUTBANK CHAPBOOK CONTEST will open on January 1 – March 31. Payment: Honorarium $1,000 and 25 copies of publication. Reading fee: $20.  Details HERESubmissions for the Genre Contest will open on November 9.


The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, October 1, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the October 2. Details HERE.


September 29 was 100,000 Poets for Change, Global 2018 and I’ve been busy along with Michael Dickel (Meta/ Phore(3) /Play) on The BeZine Virtual 100TPC, a twenty-four hour vigil for us. So this week all the kudos belong to Michael as our Master of Ceremonies and to the folks who participated.  Although technically the event ends when Sunday Announcements go up – midnight – please feel free to share your work or a link to it for a few more hours. I’ll still include you in the archived material.  Check Virtual 100TPC out. Some good reading and inspiration there.

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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