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

“In order to make art, we must first make an artful life, a life rich enough and diverse enough to give us fuel. We must strive to see the beauty where we are planted, even if we are planted somewhere that is foreign to our nature.” Julia Cameron, The Sound of Paper, Starting from Scratch [recommended]


Opportunity Knocks ACTA VICTORIANA of Victoria University, Toronto is “the longest running university student publication in Canada.” Poetry, prose and visual art are of interest for online and print publication.  Details HERE. CONCHO RIVER REVIEW is published biannually by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and book reviews year round. (Rarely accepts unsolicited book reviews. Query first.) Details HERE. CUMBERLAND RIVER REVIEW, a quarterly literary review published by the English Department at Trevecca Nazarene University, accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and art from September through April, the academic year. Details HERE. NEW DELTA REVIEW publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews, interviews, and artwork. Submisson fee: $3. Details HERE. NOON ANNUAL is an independent nonprofit that publishes short prose. Details HERE. POST ROAD MAGAZINE publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues, and visual art submissions.  The current call closes on November 30. $3 submission fee. Details HERE. SMARTISH PACE reads year-round and publishes poetry, poetry translations, book reviews, essays on poetry and interviews with poets. Details HERE. SOUTHERLY a journal of the English Association, Australia is an Australian “peer reviewed journal” that accepts work from writers in Australia and New Zealand. Work of interest includes academic essays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction and the occasional memoir. The theme or its upcoming issue is Violence and the deadline is October 31.  Details HERE. TARPAULIN SKY PRESS reads fiction, poetry, nonfiction, transgender and so forth year round for their magazine. Special interests are crime, occult and music. Details HERE. UNDERGROUND PRESS is working out its publishing plans for 2019. Watch the site for announcements. WAR, LITERATURE & THE ARTS publishes stories, poems, essays, reviews and visual art related to war and military affairs. Submissions HERE. THE WHITE REVIEW publishes weekly online and three-times a year in print and opens for submissions of poetry in 1 January 2019 and for fiction 1 May 2019. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.   RELATED:

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 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 THE ADROIT JOURNAL opens for submissions on October 15 and publishes prose, poetry and art. Details HERE. This journal also hosts Teen Writers: Ask an Established Writer for Advice CONCRETE WOLF, POETRY SERIES 2018 Chapbook Contest is open through November 30, 2018. Reading fee: $20. Details HERE. NARRATIVE MAGAZINE 30 Below (over 18 years and under 30 years old) is open for submissions of stories and poetry. Cash awards. Publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 18, 2018, midnight, Pacific. Details HERE.
Young Poets Network is The Poetry Society’s (U.K.) online platform for young poets up to the age of 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, challenges and competitions to inspire your own writing, new writing from young poets, and advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry scene. We also bring you the latest news and ideas from the writing world, and a list of competitions, magazines and writing groups which particularly welcome young writers.”
NEW DELTA REVIEW Ryan R. Gibbs Contest for Flash Fiction and Photography has a $5 entry fee. Cash award: $500. Publication. Closes for entries on October 17. Details HERE. PITHEAD CHAPEL, The Larry Brown Short Story Award is open for submissions of work less than 4,000 words and unpublished.  Cash award. Publication. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 31. Details HERE. SIXFOLD fiction and poetry prizes are voted on by readers. “All-writer-voted and open to all, Sixfold three-round manuscript voting is the most rigorous, thorough, fair, and transparent editorial selection process available. To create each issue, hundreds of writers vote to select the best fiction and poetry manuscripts with much more discernment than any other editorial.”  Cash awards. Publication. $5 entry fee. Deadline: October 24. Details HERE. TARPAULIN SKY PRESS is reading submissions (any genre) through November 30 for its 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards. Details HERE. THE WHITE REVIEW Poets Prize 2018 closes for entries on 6 November 2018. Entry fees but there are a number of free-entries allowed for low-income poets. Details HERE.


  • This past week, Frank McMahon’s (often featured on The Poet by Day) first radio play was broadcast.  It concerns the last two years in the life of William Tyndale, the priest and scholar who translated much of the Bible into English and was convicted of heresy for so doing. If you want to hear it, then go to: http://www.Corinium, follow the link to Listen Again and look for Somewhere Else Writers Present ” A death in Flanders.” Bravo! and Kudos! to Frank.  
Tyndale, before being strangled and burned at the stake in Vilvoorde, cries out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”. Within four years, four English translations of the Bible were published in England at the King’s behest,[b] including Henry’s official Great Bible. All were based on Tyndale’s work. Woodcut from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563) / Public Domain.
  • Today is the birthday of Amiri Baraka (1934 – 2014), poet, playwright and activist.


Philadelphia, PA

“Founded in 1995 by a group of students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Kelly Writers House is an actual 13-room house at 3805 Locust Walk on Penn’s campus that serves as a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large. Each semester the Writers House hosts approximately 150 public programs and projectspoetry readings, film screenings, seminars, web magazines, lectures, dinners, radio broadcasts, workshops, art exhibits, and musical performances–and about 500 people visit the House each week.” MORE

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 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.

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.


Testimonials Disclosure Facebook Twitter 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