“The cry that ‘fantasy is escapist’ compared to the novel is only an echo of the older cry that novels are ‘escapist’ compared with biography, and to both cries one should make the same answer: that freedom to invent outweighs loyalty to mere happenstance, the accidents of history; and good readers should know how to filter a general applicability from a particular story.” The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created A New Mythology, Tom Shippey


Opportunity Knocks

BARROW STREET, published by the nonprofit literary arts organization Barrow Street, Inc, opens for submissions of poetry on December 1. $3 submission fee. 4×2 Submissions (four poets featured every two months) is open now through December 7. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.

FUNICULAR MAGAZINE publishes fiction (short and flash) and poetry. Paying market. Submission fee suspended until December 7. Submission fee if you want a personalized response, otherwise it’s free to submit. Submission period ends on November 30. Details HERE.

HARPERS MAGAZINE does not consider poetry but will consider unsolicited fiction and you can query about a nonfiction idea. Harper’s is also interested in art, illustration, and photography. Details HERE.

LONGLEAF REVIEW will consider flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, flash CNF, and poetry through Dec. 31st, 2018. Details HERE.

MAGAMA 74, WORK is open for submission through 8 December 2018. No submission fee. Details HERE.

RIVER RIVER WRITERS CIRCLE will consider submissions of photography, fiction, creative nonfiction translations, and poetry through January 15, 2019. No submission fee. Details HERE.

SANTA ANA RIVER REVIEW published by UC Riverside is open for just two more days for submissions of poetry, drama, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual arts. Details HERE.

SHANANDOAH will open for submission on January 1 and through March 15 for the spring 2019 issue.Shenandoah will consider short stories, essays, excerpts of novels in progress, poems, comics, and translations of all the above. Details HERE.

WAYNE LITERARY REVIEW, Wayne State University, “seeks submissions on the theme of place. We are particularly interested in perspectives on Wayne State University and Detroit that explore questions of memory and diaspora, time and transformation.” This publication will consider poetry, prose, translation, photography. Deadline: January 11, 2019. Details HERE.

WITNESS, The Modern Writer as Witness is a literary issue-oriented journal published by Black Mountain Institute and featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography “that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain…”  The next reading period will start on January 15 and run through March 1.  Mark your calendar. Details HERE.



The Poet by Day


Response deadline is Monday, November 26, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the November 27. Details HERE.

The BeZine

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

Submissions for the December issue – themed A Life of the Spirit / Subtheme: Guns/History – 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. 


Opportunity Knocks

MAGMA POETRY COMPETITIONS are open through 15 January 2019. Entry fee. Cash awards. Details HERE.

STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL International Poetry Prize (English language), The Duais de hÍde (Irish language prize) and The Percy French Prize for witty verse launched on September 17th 2018, closing date 7th December 2018.


Yesterday was the anniversary of post-Cartisian philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s (Benedito de Espinosa) birth in Portugal in 1632.

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”


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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

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton