Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose all the lions get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

– W. H. Auden


Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities FaceBook Group Discussion Page.

Submissions to The BeZine, June 2019 issue are open. Submissions should be emailed to bardogroup@gmail.com.  A detailed announcement will post soon. For now: June 2019 issue, Deadline June 10th. Theme: Sustainability; September 2019 issue, Opens for submission July 1st, Deadline September 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice


Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT’


2RIVER reading period for poetry for the fall issue is open now through July 31. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

BREAKWATER REVIEW is a managed by students at the University of Massachusetts, Boston MFA Program, which is digital and is published three times a year. The journal publishes poetry, fiction, visual arts, and creative nonfiction and accepts submission for consideration all year and from September through April the reading period is free.

HELEN, A LITERARY MAGAZINE is open for submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction for its web issues through June 1st. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

HER STRY seeks stories this month about moms or your experience about motherhood. Deadline: May 23. Details HERE.


THE BREAKWATER FICTION CONTEST seeks entries from 1,000 – 5,000. Cash award and consideration for publication. Entry fee. Submit October 15 through January 15. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

CARVE MAGAZINE‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world. Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.

HELEN STEWART POETRY AWARD, 2019, an annual contest for the State of Nevada poets only. Cash award: $100. Entry fee: $5.  Deadline: June 1. Details HERE.

THE 15TH ANNUAL VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST is open for worldwide submission through Saturday, July 20, 2019. No entry fee. Publication, not cash award. Details were posted HERE yesterday. Today’s update from Alan Lowe, which I’ve added to yesterday’s post:

“All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe
MASTER’S REVIEW FLASH FICTION CONTEST is open for submissions through May 31, 2019. Entree fee. Cash awards and workshop participation. Details HERE.

THE PESEROFF PRIZE POETRY CONTEST of Breakwater Review offers a cash award and publication. Entry fee. Deadline: July 15. Details HERE.



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