“The soul is silent. If it speaks at all it speaks in dreams.” It Is DaylightLouise Gluck 


Opportunity Knocks

BOSTON REVIEW is currently reading query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words. Watch the site for its 2019 poetry and fiction contest announcement. Details HERE.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY MAGAZINE, Helping Families Thrive™ discusses marriage and parenting from a biblical perspective and has an open call for article submissions. Writers’ guidelines are HERE.  

THE GOOD MEN PROJECT (in its seventh year) has on ongoing open call for articles that “spark an international conversation about the changing roles for men in the 21st century.”  No submission fee. Optional membership fee.  Details HERE.

GUERNICA, a magazine of global arts & politics, publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. Calls for submissions will reopen in February. Watch the site. 

HAUNTED WATERS PRESS publishes prose and poetry and welcomes submissions from new and emerging writers as well as established writers. There are a number of opportunities with a variety of opening and closing dates. Details HERE.

THE HELIX LITERARY AND ART MAGAZINE, a publication of Central Connecticut State University, publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art twice a year and is open to submission for its spring 2019 edition. No submission fee. Deadline: April 5, 2019. Details HERE

LUCENT DREAMING, a magazine for emerging writers and artists, publishes short stories, poetry, and artwork in print publication and online. Payment: Contributor copy. Details HERE.

SPRING SONG PRESS has an open call for submissions from February 1- May 1, 2019 to its upcoming fiction Starlight and Mist anthology. 1,000 – 10,000 words. Paying Market. Submission guidelines forthcoming HERE.

VITA BREVIS, an online poetry journal for emerging poets, publishes poetry and feature articles and will review queries for interview. Vita Brevis also hosts a poetry community. Details on poetry submissions HERE. Explore the site for other info.

VOICEMAIL POEMS is open for submission to its spring 2019 issues. No submission fee. Modest charge if you want critique. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

WHISPER FROM THE HEART POETRY CLUB (South Africa), POETRY AND SHORT STORY COMPETITION  is hosting an International Poetry & Short Story Competition for an upcoming anthology. The competition is open to the international community. Cash award and copy of anthology. $30 submission fee.

The entry fee of $30.00 gives an entrant

  • A chance to win a prize
  • Every entry is published
  • Every entrant gets a copy of the Book of Verse and Short Stories

Details HERE.

RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST opens for submissions through May 31, 2019.  Entry fee, which may include subscription. Cash award: $1,500 first prize. Details HERE.

ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE POETRY PRIZE is awarded each year to a U.S. poet “whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape. Cash award and published interview. No entry fee. Deadline: February 4, 2019. Details HERE.


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


The Poet by Day


. . . returns this Wednesday, January 16, 2019.


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) are 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

“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

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