“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney


Opportunity Knocks

ABERRATION LABYRINTH publishes poetry and its current reading period runs through December 1. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

BARNSTORM LITERARY JOURNAL sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of New Hampshire publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry and digital art. No submission fees. No payment. Details HERE.

THE CATERPILLER is the children’s (ages 7 – 11 “ish”) version of The Moth (below) and publishes poems, stories, and art. Details HERE.

COPPER NICKEL, a national literary publication of the University of Denver, publishes poetry, fiction, essays and translations. Current reading period is open through December 15. Payment: $30 per printed page and two contributor copies. No submission fees. Details HERE.

DECOMP, a literary magazine publishes prose, poetry, art, and biography. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

THE GHAZAL PAGE, The International Journal of English Language Ghazals accepts submissions year round for it monthly publication, which features Persian form, Arabic form, tercet, experimental and free verse shazals. Details HERE.

THE MOTH, arts and literature is a quarterly printed magazine produced in Ireland and featuring poetry, short fiction and art by both established and emerging artists. It is continuously open for submissions. Details HERE.

THEMA, MANY POTS ONE PREMISE welcomes emerging writers and publishes short stories, essays, poems, photographs and art on the themes provided.Themes for 2019 are: Six before Eighty (March 1, 2019 deadline); The Clumsy Gardener (July 1, 2019 deadline); and, What a Strange Questions! (November 1, 2019) deadline. Pieces on theme that have been published before are welcome. No submission fees. Payment: $25, short-story; short-short $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover and $10 for interior. Details HERE.

TIKKUN, to heal, repair, and transform the world publishes articles, art, fiction, poetry, video and audio and has a daily blog. Details HERE

TRICYCLE does not accept unsolicited poetry but does accept article submissions relating to Buddhism on a rolling basis. Details HERE.



The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, November 19, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the November 20. Details HERE.

The BeZine

Last call for submissions for the December issue/extended deadline.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be.

Submissions for the December issue – themed A Life of the Spirit – is extended to NOVEMBER 30  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. 

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. 


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



Opportunity Knocks

HIVE SOUTH YORKSHIRE YOUNG WRITERS’ COMPETITION (demographic restrictions) for 15-25 year-olds from Yorkshire submitting poetry and fiction. Schools and youth organizations may submit. First place prize is a Kindle. Other prizes include writing kits, professional feedback, and publication in Hive’s young writers anthology. Deadline: 4th Jan. 2019. Details HERE.

SARTON WOMEN’S BOOK AWARD, STORY CIRCLE is now accepting submissions for the 2016 – 2019 competition. Early bird entry deadline is July 31, 2019 and fee is $90. After July the fee is $110. Books submitted must be published between 2016 through 2019. Details HERE.


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.



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