The BeZine: Guidelines and Calls for Submissions to the December Issue

The BeZine is published quarterly: March, June, September and December on the fifteenth of the month.  We suggest that you read our Intro and Mission Statement and at least one back issue of The BeZine before submitting work for possible publication.

Please be mindful that our core team (The Bardo Group Beguines), guest contributors, and readers represent the world’s diversity. Nonviolence, respect and inclusion are core values.

All work must be submitted in English and properly edited for publication. Submissions in languages other than English are acceptable and encouraged but they do need to be accompanied by an English translation.

Please send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com and put “submission” in the subject line.  If you were referred by one of our core team please put his or her name in the subject line along with “submission.” Please include a brief bio. If you have published the work submitted on your own website, blog, YouTube channel or other online venue you may send a link. Response time can be up to three months. Responses are generally sent out after deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: We apply the same standards with regard to content, quality, submission guidelines and reading policy that all high-caliber literary magazines do with the exception that we will consider work that is already published. The copyright, however, must be yours.


DEADLINE: The 10th of month prior to publication, however ~

The deadline for the December issue has been extended from November 10 to November 30. 

THEMES remaining for 2018:

DecemberA Life of the Spirit; subtheme – Gun violence/history/issues.


THEMES for 2019:

  • March: Waging the Peace
  • June: Toward a Sustainable Earth
  • September: Social Justice, 100,000 Poets (and Friends) for Change
  • December: A Life of the Spirit

NOTE: We encourage work that doesn’t just define or highlight a problem but offers solutions, especially when those solutions are already in place somewhere in the world and proving productive.


COPYRIGHT: You retain your copyright for work published in The BeZine. If you are doing multiple submissions, please let us know that you have submitted the work to other publications and advise us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. From our perspective this does not preclude publication in The BeZine but we need to know if another publisher has contracted for first-time or exclusive rights.

We regret that we are unable to offer payment or editorial feedback. While we don’t offer payment, we also don’t charge for submissions or subscriptions. The BeZine is a volunteer effort and a peace and justice mission.

All creative arts that lend themselves to online publication are acceptable for consideration: visual arts, literature and poetry, and music and film (video). Please, no more than one submission a quarter.  While many have the impression that we are primarily or exclusively a poetry publication, we are not restricted to poetry. Other forms of writing and art are welcome and encouraged. 

FICTION/NONFICTION/ESSAY: Should you have anything to submit for consideration that is over 1,000 words, please forward a one-paragraph summary description for our initial evaluation.

POETRY: Please don’t bomb us with work. Restrict your submissions to three at a time every three months.  Be selective. Send us your best. No odd layouts please.

VIDEO: One video at a time.

PHOTOGRAPHS and ILLUSTRATIONS: If you include these with your poems, fictions and features, then you must include the source with url and licensing information. We do not accept work that is not properly – respectfully – identified and credited.

BOOK REVIEWS: Starting in 2019, we welcome book reviews but please query first.

READING SCHEDULE: While we read all year, we don’t respond until we have all submissions in for a specific issue; i.e., after the 10th of the month before publication.

THE BeZINE blog: We are interested in seasonal work, especially work that celebrates holy days, historic moments, national or regional festivals and so forth that are entertaining but also provide readers with information, insight and education. Regional, artistic and cultural history and science (especially as it applies to environment, environmental justice, and sustainable agriculture) are welcome. Art work, music videos, and drama (videos or short scripts) are enthusiastically encouraged as well as poetry and prose.

BEST PRACTICES: We have a strong interest in learning about peace, sustainability and social justice initiatives that are working no matter where in the world.  These are considered for both blog and Zine.

Send your work to bardogroup@gmail.com. Only work submitted to this email are considered for publication.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!

On behalf of The Bardo Group Beguines and in the spirit of loving community,

Jamie Dedes,
Founding and Managing Editor
The BeZine

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