“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” Ray Bradbury


Opportunity Knocks

COMMONWEALTH WRITERS sponsors an annual short-fiction in English prize and is open for entries through November 1, 2018. Demographic restrictions. No entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.

CUTTHROAT, a journal of the arts, Worlds into words into Worlds, will accept submissions of through October 30, 2018, ten days from this posting, for an anthology of Chicanx writing to be published in 2019. Of interest: poetry, essay, short stories, memoir, flash fiction. Details HERE.

THE FIDDLEHEAD is open through November 30 for poetry and will open for fiction and nonfiction in January. “We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.”  Details HERE.

FOGLIFTER JOURNAL is open for submissions of poetry, prose, cross-genre work, text-image hybids, and drama through December 1st in preparation for their spring issue.  No submission fees. Details HERE.

GHANA WRITES LITERARY GROUP has an open call for submissions of poetry to be considered for a special anthology, Bodies and Scars. Demographic restrictions. Deadline: October 30, 2018. Details HERE.

HER STORY MATTERS, the journey of a woman is collecting personal stories about gender indifference. Details HERE.

HerSTRY, Empowering Women Through Storytelling says, “Telling your story is a revolutionary act.” Personal stories are invited. Details HERE. (scroll down)

THE SUN MAGAZINE Personal. Political. Provocative. Ad-free. A reader-supported publication, this magazine publishes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. “We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues.” Paying market. No submission fee. Details HERE.

THE WALRUS is an independent publication and, according to its site, a registered nonprofit in Canada that is “invested in the idea that a health society relies on informed citizens.” This magazine is open for submissions of short essays, long narrative journalistic pieces (query first), and arts and culture. Online publication includes fiction and poetry. Details HERE.



an opportunity to get feedback on your work

I often get requests to read and critique poetry and short stories.  I don’t have that kind of free time and it’s not something for which I have any passion, which makes me your worst option ….

However, for those of you who’d like some feedback on your stories and poems, I think you might find Sixfold offers a workable and rather unique solution.  I haven’t played with it myself (it’s on my to-do list), but I like the sound of it. Writers and readers vote on and critique stories. Check it out. The entry fee is just $5, not unreasonable.  There are cash awards for best story and best poem. The deadline for the current round is: October 24th. If you have something ready to go, now’s your chance. Details HERE.


The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, October 22, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the October 23. 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. 


CUTTHROAT, a journal of the arts, Worlds into words into World has three competitions open for entries at this time: The 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Barry Lopez Nonfiction Award; and the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award. These contests are open for submissions through October 31, 2018. First Prize in each genre: $1300 and publication. Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication. Honorable Mention: Publication. $20 entry fee. Details HERE.

THE FIDDLEHEAD sponsores an annual contest for best short story and best poem with $2,000 awards in each category and $250 for honorable mentions in each category.  Entry fee. Deadline: December 3, 2018. Details HERE.

2019 SONIA SANCHES-LANGSTON HUGHES POETRY CONTEST sponsored by Split Rock as part its commitment to “raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness.” Open for entries through November 1. Cash awards. Publication.  Details HERE.

SOUTHWORD FICTION CHAPBOOK COMPETITION or 10,000-15,000 words “which can consist of a novella, a long short story, several short stories, a collection of lsh fiction, or a mix of stories and flash fiction. Entry fee: 25 Euros. Deadline: October 31, 2018. Two categories: Best Irish Entry and Best International Entry. Cash award and twenty copies of the chapbook. Details HERE.


Poet, poetry teacher and consultant to Second Light Network of Women Poets

Congratulations to English poet, Myra Schneider, on her new website. Check it out HERE.  Myra’s latest collection is Lifting the Sky (Ward Wood Publishing, 2018). She has published some ten other poetry collections in addition to a book on writing and, early in her career, some young adult novels. 

Zora Neale Hurston, photo by Carl Van Vechten (1938), Public Domain

I so enjoy having my great loves come together: writing/writers and cooking.  Check out this delightful piece in Bon Appétit: Chef Mashama Bailey Honors Zora Neale Hurston With a Southern Feast, Hilary Cadigan. It’s short, savory and charming.

“Zora left the South to support herself, but she never ran away from it. She told real stories of her place. She exploded the reality of Southern living for her time.” Mashama Baile

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

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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