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SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS is a nonprofit publisher based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working with its local community and with authors nationwide. A primary focus is poetry and this publisher has a small line of chapbooks, poetry collections and anthologies, available through Amazon and one of their local bookstores.  Monthly beginning this month, Swimming With Elephants will feature a writer along with interview and samples of his or her work, all by way of helping to grow the writer’s audience. Explore the site HERE to see where your work and the publisher’s interests might intersect.

HERMENEUTIC CHAOS PRESS is largely a publisher of chapbooks – poetry, prose and hybrid. The current reading period ends on January 31. Submission guidelines HERE.

GUERNICA / a magazine of global art & politics was founded in 2004, staffed by volunteers, and supported by federal and private funding sources. It is a free online publication with contributors from all over the world and featuring essays, art, poetry (verse, prose poetry and hybrid) and fiction from emerging and established writers, poets and multimedia producers.  It is published twice monthly with quarterly special issues.  Take the time to check it out HERE as both reader and writer.

NO DEAR is a Brooklyn-based poetry journal that comes out each fall and spring, accompanied by issue release readings for the featured poets. Submissions for the next issue (theme: Republic) are being accepted through February 15th. No My Dear also publishes chapbooks. Details HERE. NYC poets only.

THE BeZINE‘s January issue comes out on the 15th.  You still have two days (deadline end-of-day January 10) in which to submit work – poetry, essay, short fiction, music videos, art and photography on this month’s theme, which is “Resist.”  Details HERE.

JAMII PUBLISHING “seeks to foster the communion of writers by gifting books to authors who are out there shaking up the world . . .  we believe that poetry is not a solitary art. Poetry is an art form that brings people together.” Jamii forms a community in San Bernadino as well as a publishing house. It is open for literary submission until January 31.  Jamii offers detailed guidelines on submissions HERE. Read carefully. The focus now is women and minorities, non-academic.

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE “is committed to creative and intellectual refreshment in the form of poetry, fiction, and visual art.” Reading period ends on March 5th.  It “welcomes graduate and undergraduate writers from around the world, including work by previously unpublished writers”. English only. Details HERE. There is a nominal reading free.

DRAGON POET REVIEW is an eJournal that features poetry, flash fiction, short memoir, photograpy, art and reviews. It is published twice a year and the deadline for the summer issue is March 1. Submission guidelines HERE.

Please be sure to check information on all sites. Literary publications often come and go and sometimes close for short periods of time. 


DODGE POETRY FESTIVAL 2017 will be held in October in Newark, New Jersey.  Exact dates are not posted yet. Watch the site if you have an interest in attending what is the largest and most exciting poetry festival in the U.S. Each year the Dodge Poetry Festival  reportedly attracts from 14,000 – 17,000 attendies. It was founded in 1985 and is funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The website is HERE.

READINGS AT McNALLY JOHNSON on January 10 at 7 p.m. with Joshua Bennett (The Sobbing School, Part of the National Poetry Series ) and Jennifer Kronovet (The Wug Tes, Part of the National Poetry Series) . Admission is free.McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

POETRY IN DELHI announces seventeen events. “Passionately in love with a language, poets unite pleasure with truth. Poetry is considered the crown of literature and being poetic is more a condition than a profession. Poets the ever dramatic, most romantic and not much realistic, play with words and make beautiful verses. Poetry readings, open mic poetry and poetry recitation as part of a play, keep the art & heart alive.”   (The emphasis above is mine. Love it.) Details HERE.

interNATIONAL POETRY MONTH, thinking ahead to April, which is National Poetry Month in the United States. At The BeZine we celebrate it every year as interNational Poetry Month.  Think about some things you’d like to do to celebrate: a poem in your pocket, meeting with friends and sharing a poem at lunch or after work, writing about what poetry means to you on your blog, If you want to submit something for poetry month publication, now would be the time to consider what and to which publications you want to submit.

If you are reading Sunday Announcement from an email subscription, you will have to link to this site to hear Linda Gregerson read her poem for Dear Poet 2016.


Congrats to:

  • M. Zane McClellan for two poems selected as contest winners for a chapbook being published by Praxis Magazine for Arts & Literature. “Tear Down These Walls,” and “And Still I Shrive” are two of seventeen selected out of 163 poems sent to the final judge for selection. Michael is also the newest member of the The BeZine Core Team.
  • 41gwgxef5hl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Michael Dickel on the publication of his newest book, The Palm Reading After the Toad’s Garden, available now in paperback. “Michael Dickel’s highly engaging fourth book gathers flash fiction written in recent years–from a series of surreal memoryscapes to flash thrillers to psychological experiments. This hybrid writing blurs genre lines across poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and cultural criticism in an entertaining montage of imagery.”
  • Aprilia Zank for the remarkable number of recent photographs chosen as cover photos for magazines.
  • Heather Wolfe for cracking the case of Shakespeare’s identity
  • 51wadcuzipl-_sx372_bo1204203200_Silva Merjanian for the money raised on behalf of Armenian-Syrian refugees.  Silva writes that “To date Rumor (alone, without Uncoil a Night ) has raised one book short of $5K for refugees.”  Silva is a shining example of the many poets working hard for the greater good. xo
  • Sharon Frye for her lovely poem Last Night in Dublin published in Anu 52/A New Ulster


Coffee, Tea and Poetry


I am currently developing a new website that will celebrate the simple soulful things in life. In a world gone mad we still have morning coffee, afternoon tea, kindly baked goods (no animals harmed), gardens and nature in all her glory. Though Coffee, Tea and Poetry hasn’t gone live yet you can bookmark it for future reference. I hope you do.  When It does launch in a week or two, I’d value your opinions.  Thank you!


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THE POETRY PROJECT is a non-judgmental venue for women to express their personal stories and observations through poetry to promote social change. MORE Rolling submissions. Guidelines HERE.

GRIS-GRIS is an online journal of literature, culture and the arts published twice a year. The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Open all year for submissions. There is a two dollar processing fee for online submissions or you may mail your work in.  Details HERE.

VINE LEAVES LITERARY JOURNAL seeks vignettes only (their focus – i.e. “something that can be written on a vine leaf”), which may be poetry, prose or script. Photographs and art submissions are also welcome. This journal is published biannually online and the deadline or the fall issue is February 28, 2017.  The dates on the submission page are from 2015, but I think someone has just neglected to update the page. There is a submission fee. Guidelines are HERE. Note this 19th issue will be their last and the editors have annunced that it is to be published as a coffee table book. There is also a book publishing arm.

IN BETWEEN HANGOVER, We Are the Underground is an online (blog-type) publication that seeks “well crafted poems. 6 Max to No previously published and no simultaneous submissions. Include photo and SHORT bio. Expect a timely response. Work published on a rolling basis.” Link to site HERE.

SOCIAL JUSTICE POETRY, original poems promoting social justice is blog-type site. Submission guidelines HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be is the publication of an arts collective created to foster proximity and understanding through a shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make – however modest – a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as hope, friendship, reason and birth. The theme for January is “Resist” and submissions are accepted up to and including the 10th of the month. The range of forms include: poetry, short fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, videos (, spoken word) art and anything that may be included in an online publication. Please read the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines and check out the latest issue before submitting.  Submission should be sent to

ROOM, Literature, Art and Feminism Since 1975 publishes original work for women “including trans persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations.  It publishes short stories, poems, creative nonfiction and art. The deadline for the upcoming issue is January 31 and the theme is “Migration.”  Details HERE.

PLENTITUDE, your queer literary magazine seeks “literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, and novel excerpts at this time” or online publication.  Details HERE.

THE MALAHAT REVIEW Essential Poetry * Fiction *  Creative Nonfiction is a Canadian literary journal published quarterly that featurse both Canadian and international writers, established and emerging. Submission guidelines HERE.

ARC POETRY has published for thirty years and invites submissions from both established and emerging writers. Unsolicited poetry submissions are accepted until May 31, 2017.  Details HERE.


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WARE POETS OPEN POETRY COMPETITION: Prizes: £600 (1st), £300 (2nd), £150 (3rd), & the Ware Sonnet Prize £150 Fees: £4/1, £12/4 + £3 thereafter for each poem in the same submission For previously unpublished poems that have not been awarded a prize in any other competition. Details and Entry Form

ROOM, Literature, Art, and Feminism Since 1975 holds several contests each year. Two have upcoming deadlines: Short forms by January 15 and creative nonfiction by March 8. Fiction and poetry will open on April 15 and art sometime in September. So watch the site if you’re interested in any of these.  Details HERE.

PLENTITUDE, your queer literary magazine announce their first “Cornucopia Literary Prize for fiction, which is open for submissions until February 15, 2017. The prize is for the best work of fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. The editors welcome submissions from writers of any nationality. Details HERE.

ARC POETRY Annual Poet of the Year Contest is open until February 1, 2017 and submissions are welcome from Canada, the United States and elsewhere.  Details HERE.


MARCH 2017 (U.S.) Poetry Organizations from Across the U.S. Join Together to Form Historic Coalition & Launch March 2017 Programs on Migration. “Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds … As its first public offering, throughout the month of March 2017, Poetry Coalition members will present multiple programs on the theme: Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, which borrows a line from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem, Borderbus.”  MORE


  • BILL MOYERS shares Starting with Black a poem by Jim Haba, poet and founding director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. The poem “encapsulates 2016” and the “urgent political and moral crisis that we currently face. HERE
  • ANTHONY CRONIN, Irish poet, novelist, biographer, cultural commentator, died.  HERE
  • A FEW QUESTIONS ON POETRY, Critic’s Take, Daniel Halpern  The New York Times HERE
  • PATERSON .. new movie about a poet and the myth of the solitary artist, Richard Brody, The New Yorker HERE
  • THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, a poet  (Joseph Hutchison) squeezes the presidential election into a clown car, Mary Jo Brooks, PBS


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Calls for Submissions

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DRIFTWOOD PRESS, a quarterly literary magazine that is out of Florida, considers submission of fiction, poetry, photography, graphic narrative, literary criticism, and interviews. Details HERE.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA is still accepting submissions for consideration for its next annual anthology of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: January 15, 2017  Details HERE.

WEST TEXAS REVIEW is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue to include “poems, essays, flash fiction, and photographs that bring value to the page. We want work that is thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic. We want work that is concrete and direct, and can justify its own existence. Think of poets like William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, and Nikki Giovanni. Think of essayists like George Orwell. Think of short story writers like Donald Barthelme, Octavio Paz, and Jorge Luis Borges. We want your best work and, if you send us your best work, we will treat it with respect and care.” It apparently intends to accept submissions year-round but there’s no indication of the deadline for this first issue or the date of publication. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE theme for January is Resist. We are piggy-backing on Michael Rothenberg’s and Alan Kaufman’s call to American poets to resist the incoming president. Our effort is not restricted to poetry or to the United States. We’re doing a global call for submissions that counter policies – no matter what country – which undermine equity, foster poverty, encourage elitism, hate and scapegoating … all those things that pit people against people, putting many people at risk of disease, homelessness, starvation and murder. Please read the submission guidelines first. Send your work to

ARTEMISpoetry (UK) Poetry Deadlines: Issue 18, February 28, 2017 and Issue 19, August 31, 2017. “Women poets only, of any age. Unpublished poetry only and not out in submission elsewhere.  Strict limit:max 4 poems; the total number of lines in all should not exceed 200 lines (i.e. you could send a poem of 200 lines and this would restrict your submission to just one poem).  Two copies, A4 paper only [U.S. standard letter paper – 8 1/2 x 11 is the closest we have in the US to A4], typed or neatly handwritten.  Each numbered sheet to bear the poet’s contact details (name, address, telephone, e-mail). Artwork – Black and white photographs or line-art sketches are welcome for submission. Four max.Send to ARTEMISpoetry, ATTN.: Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN162 SZ.”


Opportunity Knocks

THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS annual awards contest categories are adult fiction, adult nonfiction, biography, children’s fiction, children’s nonfiction and poetry. The announcement isn’t up yet so watch the site. It should post soon. Or, subscribe to its email updates. Details HERE.

THE RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE accepting manuscripts of 15-30 pages for review. $20 entry fee includes a subscriptions. Multiple entries by a single poet are allowed as separate entries. Deadline: January 15, 2017 Details HERE.

MOMENT MAGAZINE-KARMA FOUNDATION Short Fiction Contest “encourages writers to submit stories related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Established in 2000. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content.” Winners will receive cash prizes and will read from their work in our annual Manhattan literary ceremony and celebration. First place: $1,000 plus possible publication Second place: $500 plus possible publication; Third place: $250 plus possible publication. Entry fee $15 Details HERE. Deadline: January 29, 2017

THE MASTERS REVIEW, a platform for emerging writers is hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.” Further detail HERE.


NIEMAN-BERKMAN KLEIN FELLOWSHIP in Journalism Innovation is for working journalist and the deadline for application is: International 12/31-2016, U.S. 1/31/2017 Details HERE.


Meet the Editors, Reading with Open Mic, A poetry reading that includes time for readers from the floor. 7:30 pm Sun, 5 Feb 2017 Torriano Meeting House [London (North West)]  Part of a series: Torriano £5/£4 according to pocketM Readings, Open Mic, & panel discussion…Host: Peter Phillips, Editors’: Alwyn Marriage (Oversteps Books), Jeremy Page (The Frogmore Press), Anne Stewart (poetry p f)

A Celebration of Cumbrian Poetry, Words by the Water Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick [Keswick] North West, 5:30 pm Tue, 7 Mar 2017,Free Event. Helen Fletcher will be reading from the lightbulb has stigmata, supporting Jacci Bulman reading from her collection A whole day through from waking. There will also be readings from Alison Barr, Josephine Dickinson, Amy Heys, Nicola Jackson, Kathleen Jones, Kim Moore and Mary Robinson in a celebration of Cumbrian poetry.


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A poetry publisher on the math of rejection.


RECOMMEND READ FOR THIS WEEK (The Third Reconstruction): The man who is making a difference. The book that is changing perspectives and is fast becoming the “common read” at many organizations, the salve for our wounded hearts and souls. If you haven’t heard him talk and you’re not religious, just give him a chance. His strategy makes sense.

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Divsion and Fear by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

800px-william_barber_at_moral_mondays_rallyREV. BARBER is a conservative Christian who embraces the full religious, ethnic and racial diversity of our country. Some say he is this era’s Martin Luther King, Jr.  He believes in the dignity and worth of all people and the essential inter-relationship of all human beings. He stands for compassion, unity and social, environmental and economic justice.

In reading his views and about his work, I found myself moved to both hope and joy. This memoir is not simply an emotional or moral reaction. It’s a pragmatic plan for a more just and equitable country. I agree with Rev. Barber that our emerging leadership is encouraging scapegoating, a divide-and-conquer strategy that foments racial strife and economic inequality and the pitting of the 99% against one-another for the exclusive benefit of the 1%.

” … he laid the groundwork for a state-by-state movement that unites black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular. Only such a diverse fusion movement, Rev. Barber argues, can heal our nation’s wounds and produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane. The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty-first century’s most effective grassroots organizer.”

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THE COSSACK REVIEW “accepts electronic submissions of new work all year. We respond within 60 days, usually much sooner. Work submitted will be considered for upcoming print and online issues.”  It has a rolling deadline. The review includes fiction, nonfiction, translation and poetry (3-6 poems in a single submission.) Details HERE.

BOABAB PRESS, Where good books grow “constantly strives to discover, cultivate, and nurture authors working in all genres. If you have a manuscript that you believe would be a good fit for our catalog, we want to hear from you.” Details HERE.

WILDNESS REVIEW “is an online literary journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers.” This review works on a rolling submissions basis. Poetry (under 80 lines) and prose (under 2,500 words).  Details HERE.

WORDRUNNER eCHAPBOOKs include fiction, memoir and poetry (no long poems) and will be considered for the spring 2017 echapbook anthology by multiple authors. Pub date:  March 2017. The anthology theme is “breaking barriers or pushing against boundaries.:   Submissions December 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE WARE OPEN POETRY COMPETITION (UK) is accepting submissions for its anthology. Deadline is 30 April 2017. The judge is Hannah Lowe. There is an entry fee. Details HERE.

THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE is awarded each year to a full-length collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author’s copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually September 1 – January 1. The New American Fiction Prize is awarded each year to a full-length collection of fiction. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author’s copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually February 15 – June 15.” Details HERE.

THE COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY (Colorado State University/Colorado Review) “is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.”  Details HERE

THE FRENCH-AMERICAN 30th ANNUAL TRANSLATION PRIZE Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2017, 12:00 PM EST Details HERE. The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are accepting submissions for the 30th Annual Translation Prize. The Foundations will present a $10,000 monetary award for the best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction.


  • Actor Kirk Douglas on his 100th birthday. (I just have to acknowledge that. Can’t even imagine what it’s like to look back at 100 years. Culture shock?)
  • Bulgarian poet, photographer and renaissance woman, Blaga Todorova, on her birthday. And “no”, the party’s not over yet.
  • Woven Tale Press on three years of publication. Appreciate their acknowledgement of activist poets including The Poet by Day.
  • To all the protesters who braved weather and government over the Dakota Pipeline. Bravo! and Love! xo
  • Time Magazine for its subversive political art (Trump “Person of the Year” cover) – details HERE.
  • American-Isreali poet Michael Dickel for his participation this past week in Poetry Now, A Symposium on the Research and Writing of Poetry at Tel Aviv University.
  • 15442360_10157859335005006_4350545347353523027_nAmpat Koshy on the pending publication of his fourteenth book, Scream and Other Urban Legends. 


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POETRY NOW is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and creative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem. Produced in partnership by the Poetry Foundation and WFMT. Link HERE.


I’ll tell you how the Sun rose —
A Ribbon at a time —
The Steeples swam in Amethyst —
The news, like Squirrels, ran —
The Hills untied their Bonnets —
The Bobolinks — begun —
Then I said softly to myself —
“That must have been the Sun”!
But how he set — I know not —
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while —
Till when they reached the other side,
A Dominie in Gray —
Put gently up the evening Bars —
And led the flock away —

– Emily Dickinson


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