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Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions and Competitions

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” W.H. Auden, The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose, Volume II: 1939-1948


Opportunity Knocks

WEST BRANCH, a literary journal of Bucknell University, has an open call for submissions of poetry, fiction, essays and reviews. No submissions fees. Cash payment. Details HERE.

THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE is open for unsolicited submissions of English poetry and fiction through March 15. No submission fees. Cash payment. Details HERE.

THEMA LITERARY SOCIETY, many plots / one premise is open for submissions of short stories, poems, photographs, and art to themed issues of its publication: The Clumsy Gardener [July 1, 2019]; What a Strange Question! [November 1, 2019]; Not of this World [March 1, 2020]. Previously published work is considered. No submission fee. Payment. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE GREGORY O’DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION   is open to English language writers from anywhere in the world. Entries may be up to 3,000 words.  Entry fee. Cash awards. (Residency at Anam Cara Retreat is part of the first prize.) Entry fee. Cash award and publication. (Residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre is part of the first prize.) DEADLINE: 30 November, midnight. Details HERE.

PALETTE POETRY PRIZE FOR 2019 offers $4000 in awards is open through April 15. No entry fee. Details HERE.

THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY PRIZE is open to English language writers from anywhere in the world. Entries may be up to 3,000 words.  Entry fee. Cash awards. (Residency at Anam Cara Retreat is part of the first prize.) DEADLINE: 31 July, midnight. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD is open through April 1, 2019. Entry fee. Cash and other awards. Details HERE.

Note:  Events from around the world, more contests, and links to features of interest to poets and writers are available through The Poet by Day, Arts and Humanities Facebook Page.


Opportunity Knocks: The Masters Review Anthology Prize; Writers Digest 88th Annual Writing Competiton

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Complete Poems

MASTERS REVIEW ANTHOLOGY VIII is open for entries of fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words through March 31 for emerging writers who have not yet published a novel at time of submissions or whose work has had a circulation below 5,000 copies. Entry fee. Cash award, publication, and “exposure to literary agents.”  Details HERE.

WRITERS DIGEST 88TH ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION has an early-bird entry deadline of May 6. Entry fee. Cash awards, publication, exposure to agents and editors, interview in Writers Digest Magazine, and paid trip to Writers Digest Annual Conference in New York City.


  • Inspirational/Spiritual
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Print or Online Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

Details HERE.



“Great dangers stalk the globe—the four horsemen of the apocalypse: war, famine, pestilence, and death. There is no mystery about them. They are self-fulfilling prophecies. Joyous, transcendent creativity expresses itself in the positive vision that is the key to defeat the general that commands the four horsemen—despair itself. Trust, hope, and creativity can defeat the horsemen. We must not just call for them. We must develop them step-by-step.”  Robert A.F. Thurman

Note: It has become clear that given some life complications I may not be able to do this weekly posting on the same day each week, so I am changing it from “Sunday Announcements”  to “Opportunity Knocks” and plan to continue on a regular schedule, which I hope will be weekly. Information on poetry events around the world are shared on The Poet By Day Facebook Page. Tuesday responses to the last Wednesday Writing Prompt will post here later today.. / J.D.

Cofounder Michael Rothenberg, is celebrating his birthday by asking for donations to 100 Thousand Poets for Change. He’s chosen this nonprofitContinue Reading

$131 raised of $500 and approximately 40 hours left to donate at the time of this posting. 

100 Thousand Poets for Change

US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization


Opportunity Knocks

ARSENAL PULP PRESS is not accepting submissions of poetry collections at this time but is open for submissions of book-length literary fiction and nonfiction on a variety of subjects. Details HERE.

NEW WORLD REVIEW accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry via its contact page HERE.

THE PANGOLIN REVIEW, a bimonthly online literary publication, is open for submission of 1-3 poems up to 35 lines.  The editors are currently reading for the March 8 and May 8, 2019 issues. Details HERE.

RATTLE has an open call for submissions to its Fall 2019 (issue #64) issue, which will feature African poets.  Poems may be of any style, length, or subject. Submission may include artwork. The poet must be living in Africa. Deadline: April 15, 2019. 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

Dwarf Stars Award, an annual award presented by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to the author of the best horror, fantasy, or science fiction poem of ten lines or fewer published in the previous year, is open for entries April 1 through May 1, 2019. Details HERE.

GLIMMER TRAIN last calls for fiction contests. Deadline: February 28. Entry fees. Cash awards and publication. Very short fiction contest details HERE. 3,000 – 6,000 word fiction entry details HEREGlimmer Train is closing its doors in May this year

PANGLIN REVIEW POETRY PRIZE is open for submissions through 31 October 2019. Cash awards and publication. Entry fees. Details HERE.

THE WRITER MAGAZINE 2019 ESSAY CONTEST closes on March 1. The theme is “the writing life.”  2,000 words.  Entry fees. Cash award and publication. Details HERE.


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 Opportunity Knocks (formerly 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.

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