“How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

‘So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.”  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


Opportunity Knocks

ABOUT PLACE JOURNAL, a literary journal of the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, will open a call for submissions of poetry, essarys, creative nonfiction and artwork on January 1, 2019. Theme: Dignity as an Endangered Species: Maintain Respect, Honesty and Integrity in the 21st Century. Deadline: March 1, 2019. Details HERE.

CHERRY TREE, A national Literary Journal @ Washington College publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade and will reopen for submissions on August 1, 2019. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

DANCEHALL POETRY has an open call through November 14 for submissions of work on dance halls. Details HERE.

THE EMMA PRESS has an open call for Gothic poems. Deadline: 9 November. Details HERE.

HEAD STUFF has an open call for poetry in several categories: poem of the week (continuous submission); new voices (emerging poets under thirty), unbound (a sequence of poems from one author); and, contributing articles. Deadlines vary among the categories. Details HERE.

THE MALAHAT REVIEW publishes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  Paying market. Details HERE.

MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS has an open call for prose poems for its 2020 The Australian Prose Poetry Anthology.  Deadline: 1 March 2019. Details HERE.

OPTIMUM POETRY ZINE publishes regularly. Submission guidelines HERE

TERRAPIN BOOKS has an open call for submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts from January 24 – February 28, 2019. Demographic restriction: U.S. only. Reading Fee: $12. Details HERE

THURSTON HOWL PUBLICATIONS is accepting submissions for an anthogy series on furry creatures. Theme: Bunnies. Deadline: January 1, 2019. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THURSTON HOWL PUBLICATIONS is accepting submissions for an anthology series on furry creatures. Theme: Even Furries Hate Nazis. Deadline: February 15, 2019. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THURSTON HOWL PUBLICATIONS is accepting submissions for an anthology series on furry ceatures. Theme: Bears. Deadline: June 30, 2019. Details HERE.  Scroll down.

WISHING UP PRESS has an open call for submissions for its Re-Creating Our Common Group, A Wishing Up Anthology and Listening Project, which will include stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Deadline: February 1, 2019. Details HERE.

THE WRITE LAUNCH is a monthly online publication offering short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, short novella, and novel chapters. Submission fee: $5. Details HERE.



The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, November 5, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the November 6. 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 has been extended to November 30. 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

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS 2021 Miller Williams Poetry Prize calls for entry of manuscripts between sixty and ninety pages. Judge: Billy Collins. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: September 30, 2019. Details HERE.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS 2020 CantoMundo Poetry Prize calls for entry of manuscripts between forty-eight and ninety pages. Judges: Deborah Paredez and Celese Mendoza. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: April 15, 2019. Details HERE.



“Thank you poets of the world for your great spirit and commitment to justice!” 100TPC Cofounder, Michael Rothenberg, November 2, 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.  My photo attached,Jen Goldie”Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind” – Summer of 42  


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