“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”  Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1986), Dutch Catholic Priest 

Something to ponder if we feel shattered by the latest rejection slip, my friends.


Opportunity Knocks

BLUE MESA REVIEW, A Literary Magazine, is open for general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art through February 28. Submission fees. Paying market.  Details HERE.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL has several calls for submissions of stories and poetry for anthologies scheduled to be published in 2018/2019. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

HIGH DESERT JOURNAL, witness to the West, an online literary and fine arts magazine, A voice for the people and the landscape of the interior West, publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, book reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts that illuminate “the landscape of the interior West, the people, and the relations between the two.” Apparently no submission fees or payment. Details HERE.

KALLISTO GAIA PRESS, a Texas-based literary nonprofit, is open for submissions to poetry to its Texas Poetry Calendar though February 21, 2019, flash fiction through March 31, 2019, general submissions poetry through March 31, 2019. Submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

RALEIGH REVIEW is open for submission of poetry, flash and short fiction and art through March 31, 2019. Submission fee. Details HERE.

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


Opportunity Knocks

Submissions deadline for the March issue – themed Waging Peace – is March 10  at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard.

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 March 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. 



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



Deadline for participation – all encouraged no matter the status of your career – is Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


HYPERALLERGIC MEDIA (Brooklyn, NY) is open for applications through March 1. Details HERE.


HYPERALLERGIC MEDIA (Brooklyn, NY) has openings for editors and staff reporter. One position is in the Southwest. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

KALLISTO GAIA PRESS, a Texas-based literary nonprofit, summer writing contests open on May 1 and close on August 20. No entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.

RALEIGH REVIEW, The 2019 Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize will open from April 1-May 31.  $15 to enter and to receive a copy of the Fall 2019 issue. Cash awards and publication. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST 2019 self-published books and writing competition are open through April 1 ad May 6 respectively. Entry fees. Cash awards. Details HERE.



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 thepoetbyday@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


  1. I just came across this post in the reader. As I looked at the photo of the yellow rose I suddenly saw the Bee! Wonderful photo Jamie. I found what my eyes didn’t previously see. Another lesson.

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