“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

The Poet by Day: The current Wednesday Writing Prompt is still open for participation.  Poems on theme will be published next Tuesday.


The BeZine is published quarterly on the fifteenth of the month: March, June, September and December.

We suggest that you read our Intro and Mission Statement and at least one back issue of The BeZine before submitting work for possible publication.

Please be mindful that our core team (The Bardo Group Beguines), guest contributors and readers represent the world’s diversity. Nonviolence, respect, and inclusion are core values at The BeZine


  • fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, art and photography, cartoons, music videos, reviews and interviews, and documentary videos.
  • Feature articles should include sources.
  • Poems based on news should include sources if possible.


  • March: Waging the Peace (January 1 -February 20)
  • June: SUSTAINability (April 1- May 20)
  • September: Social Justice  (July 1 – August 20 / no simultaneous submissions in September)
  • December: A Life of the Spirit (October 1 – November 20)

PLEASE SEND SUBMISSION TO: bardogroup@gmail.com

  • Prose, poetry, and links to videos: submit in the body of the email
  • Photographs or artwork: submit as an attachment
  • By submitting work to bardogroup@gmail.com, you are confirming that you own and hold the rights to the work and that you grant us the right to publish on the blog or in the Zine if your submission is accepted.
  • Please include a three-hundred word bio in the email and – if you’re comfortable doing so – a photo as an attachment.


  • There are no themes for the blog except for poetry in April and climate action in September.
  • Submissions to the blog are open all year and reviewed on a rolling basis.


  • Occasionally we publish a unique issue and at the time of this writing we are considering an issue on disability for February.
  • We also host events, most notably Virtual 100,000 Poets and Others For Change on the fourth Saturday in September.

BEST PRACTICES: We have a strong interest in learning about peace, sustainability and social justice initiatives that are working no matter where in the world. These will be considered for both blog and Zine. We encourage work that doesn’t just define or highlight a problem but offers solutions, especially when those solutions are already in place somewhere, proving productive, and might reasonably be implemented elsewhere.

COPYRIGHT: You retain the copyright for work published in The BeZine.


  • Please let us know that you have submitted the work to other publications and advise us immediately when and if the work is accepted elsewhere. From our perspective this does not preclude publication but we need to know if another publisher has contracted for first-time or exclusive rights.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions in September.


  • Work that expresses distain for a specific person or group of people.
  • Work that advocates hate or violence.
  • Poetry with a complicated or eccentric layout.
  • Odd fonts.
  • Whole works in italics.
  • Prose or poetry submitted against a colored background.
  • Submitting more than three poems at a time.
  • Submitting more than once in any given month.

Work must be submitted in English and properly edited. Submissions in other languages are encouraged. Please forward with an English translation.

PAYMENT: We regret that we are unable to offer payment or editorial feedback. While we don’t offer payment, neither do we charge for submissions or subscriptions.

The BeZine is a volunteer effort with a peace and justice mission.

On behalf of The Bardo Group Beguines
and in the spirit of love (respect) and community,
Jamie Dedes, Founding and Managing Editor

Submission Guidelines updated: September 28, 2019

DIAPHANOUS MICRO, Krysia Jopek’s journal of literary and visual art,  is seeking to induct new members of the diaphanous micro family!; in search of VERY SHORT FICTION [under 750 words]: poetic fiction, hybrid, sequences of micro [under 50 words, each micro]. flash; VISUAL ART [digital and analog]: on the experimental / postmodern / non-representational spectrum, including collaborative text-based art, poem collages and videos; and EXPERIMENTAL POETRY: prose poetry, hybrid, line-break poetry that challenges the poet page as form; “open-field” poetics, etc. [forthcoming diaphanous micro 3.13 will feature the hinge poetry and hinge theory of Heller Levinson; 3.14, the ether-spiralism poetry and poetics of Heath Brougher along with his amazing asemic visual art!]

PLEASE NOTE: seeking more submissions from WOMEN [comitted to equitable gender representation; non-binary, encouraged as well] and INTERNATIONAL literary and visual artists, including literary texts in languages other than English, provided there are English translations.

Super excited about the upcoming issues of diaphanous micro! feeling very blessed to know so many talented writers and artists and to continue to meet new talent through [my diaphanous angels’] word of mouth.

If so inclined, please spread the word about the diaphanous open submission period now and, as always, keep sharing the the diaphanous love! almost 2,500 followers of this page! those interested can INVITE FRIENDS [all your facebook friends], to like the diaphanous micro page with one simple click! would love to hit 4k likes like Into the Void! gotta dream! Submission guidelines HERE.

YOPP! is a social justice blog dedicated to civil rights education, elevating voices of marginalized people, and reducing oppression through the publication of opinion pieces, media critiques, creative non-fiction, narratives, interviews, content reviews and recommendations, compilations of resources, opportunities to help others, advanced activism theory, humor, grief, empathy, Your Story. No submission fee.  Details HERE. Read an interview with Yopp! founder/editor/curator, Kella Hanna-Wayne:  Putting the “Active” in Activism

Jamie Dedes. I’m a freelance writer, poet, content editor, and blogger. I also manage The BeZine and its associated activities and The Poet by Day jamiededes.com, an info hub for writers meant to encourage good but lesser-known poets, women and minority poets, outsider artists, and artists just finding their voices in maturity. The Poet by Day is dedicated to supporting freedom of artistic expression and human rights.  Email thepoetbyday@gmail.com for permissions, commissions, or assignments.

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Recent and Upcoming in Digital Publications Poets Advocate for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability, How 100,000 Poets Are Fostering Peace, Justice, and Sustainability, YOPP! * The Damask Garden, In a Woman’s Voice, August 11, 2019 / This short story is dedicated to all refugees. That would be one in every 113 people. * Five poems, Spirit of Nature, Opa Anthology of Poetry, 2019 * From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems), July 2019 * Over His Morning Coffee, Front Porch Review, July 2019 * Three poems, Our Poetry Archive, September 2019

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

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