Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.
The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale (Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, Helen of Troy and Other Poems, Rivers to the Sea, Love Songs, and Flame and She


Opportunity Knocks

CAGBI, a literary space publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short essays and is open through February 20 for submissions. Details HERE.

CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW, Georgia State University, Perimeter College publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews and review essays, and translations. Submission fee. Payment : two copies. Details HERE.

CRAZYHORSE welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through May 31st. Submission fees. Details HERE.

DARKHOUSE BOOKS is open for themed book submissions: Mid-Century Murder through March 31; What We Talk About When We Talk About It through February 28; Fearrington Road through June 15; and A Murder of Crows through April 15. No submission fees. Payment in royalties. Details HERE.

DELTA POETRY REVIEW accepts submissions year-round. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

eCHAPBOOK publishes poetry, short stories, flash fiction, novel and memoir excerpts and personal essays.  It is open through February 28, 2019 for its spring chapbook anthology themed Upheavals. Submission fees. Payments. Details HERE.  Submission to the fiction collection will open from May 1 – June 30.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA, unpredictable, fearless, bright, dark, innovative poetry and writing will open for submissions to its next anthology on October 15, 2019. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

PUDDING MAGAZINE, The Journal of Applied Poetry publishes poetry, short essays, articles, and short short stories. No submission fee. Payment: contributor copy. Details HERE.

RIVER STYX, Multicultural Literary Explorers Since 1975 publishes poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, and art and is open now for general submissions. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

TYPISHLY is an online literary journal that welcomes emerging and established writers and publishes poetry and short fiction and sponsors a Weekend Roundtable,  Short-fiction Mondays, Poetry Tuesdays, and two creative challenges.  As of this writing all are open for submissions and there is a submission fee of $3. 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

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.


Opportunity Knocks

ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS AND WRITERS PROGRAMS (AWP) AWARDS SERIES is open for submissions through February 28. $30 entry fee for nonmembers. Award: publication. This is a ” . . . competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.” Awards are for creative nonfiction, fiction (novels and short fiction), and poetry. Details HERE.

THE CAGIBI MACARON PRIZE has three categories: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.




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

Photograph Beautiful Old Lady from Darap (Sikkim) Village courtesy of Sukanto Debnath from Hyderabad, India under licensed  Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic.


This is an old video shared with us by Aprilia Zank. Ferlingetti lovers this is for you …

An example of a well-done poetry-collection trailer:

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 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

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