SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Contests, Events and Other Information and News

SPECIAL REQUEST: More and more magazines are charging submission fees and these are in some cases going up. The highest I encountered recently was $23 for the submission of one poem. Sometimes the publication pays writers and poets. Sometimes it doesn’t. This is not new, of course. Its been going on for some years now. It makes me wonder how much of a barrier that creates for writers. I’m collecting material on how you feel about these charges as a poet/writer and/or editor. Fair? Not fair? Okay depending on rate? Okay depending on whether or not they pay poets and writers? That sort of thing. I do plan to share the results of this informal survey at The Poet by Day. I won’t quote you by name without first getting your permission. Please let me know your thoughts about submission fees in the comments section below or by email:  Thank you! J.D.



Opportunity Knocks

AMBIT MAGAZINE is a quarterly literary and art magazine, published in London that accepts “unsolicited, previously unpublished poetry and short fiction.” Ambit is open for poetry submissions from January 1st through March 1, 2018 and fiction from February 1st – March 1, 2018. Payment in copies. No submissions fees. Details HERE.

ARTEMISpoetry Issue 20 (May 2018) deadline to be announced. “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 Unpublished poetry only and not out in submission elsewhere.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.”

COFFEE, TEA and POETRY coffeeteaandpoetry dot net is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes. Send food poems and brief bio to Jamie Dedes for consideration – with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line. Recent Posts: A poem after Basho … and Genmaicha, the people’s tea and Research on Parkinson’s Disease … and Ketogenic Diet for PD; today’s poem is “Vision Quest.”

GULF COAST, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts has a open call for writers to respond to Harvey. Poems, stories and essays may be sent through March 1, 2018.  The journal’s regular print submission period runs through March 1 as well.  There is a reading fee of $2.50 for regular submissions. Those fees are put toward providing “competitive honorarium” for authors published. Payment is $50 per page for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be December issue – themed Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles)  is now open and the deadline is December 10thSend submissions to me (Jamie) at Publication is December 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 and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. 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.

I do consider previously published work if you hold the copyright and I encourage submissions from beginning and emerging poets and writers as well as pro. I am especially interested now in short stores, feature articles, music videos and art. / J.D.

INTERZONE, Britain’s longest running science fiction and fantasy magazine, accepts manuscripts of up to 10,000 words. There is an interest in art but not in unsolicited nonfiction. No poetry. No payment is mention but neither is there a submission charge. Details HEREThe publisher of Interzone also publishes Black Static (horror fiction “that pushes the envelope) and Crimewave (crime and mystery short stories). Details HERE.

SWIMM, Supporting Women Writers in Miami publishes a poem each day and delivers it to subscribers via email. Submissions are open from “women and women-identifying/femme-presenting writers. Women of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, and expressions are encouraged to submit their poems on a variety of themes, or subjects. The only criterion is outstanding work that makes the editors’ heads, well, swim.” Non-paying market. $2 submission fee. Details HERE.

OXFORD POETRY has an open call through 25th December 2017 for its Winter 2017/2018 edition. “As we end one eventful year, and cross into the seasons and stations of the next, The Editors invite submissions to Oxford Poetry’s Winter 2017-2018 issue on the theme of ‘crossings’: send us poems which cross the line, poems from the crossed-out and in-between.” Non-paying market. No submission fees. Details HERE.

WEST TEXAS REVIEW is open for submissions year-round  “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.” Non-paying market. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.


THE MASTERS REVIEW, a platform for emerging writers is hosting its third annual award. Call for Submissions closes on November 15. 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.


  • SWWIM, Supporting Women Writers in Miami and The Betsy-South Beach present a night of poetry with visiting, acclaimed poet Allison Joseph and celebrated local poet Julie Marie Wade.  Held in The Conservatory at The Betsy-South Beach, the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are requested. (Please see the link below.) December 13, 2017, Details HERE.

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • 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 (emerging or established) or status (amateur or professional). Poems related to the challenge of the week (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.
  • The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers.
  • 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.


Denise Fletcher (Poetry Curator) and Clarissa Simmens for their poems included in Bards Against Hunger 5th Year Anniversary Book. “Profits from the sale of this book will be going to help the Bards Against Hunger project which has raised thousands of pounds of food over the last 5 years to help local charities and food shelters in many different states.”


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
  • though your book or other product doesn’t have to be available through Amazon for review here, it should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.

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. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.




PERCEPTIONS OF TIME: a distance-learning poetry workshop delivered by the stellar English poet, Myra Schneider

English Poet Myra Schneider at her 80th Birthday celebration and the launch of her 12th collection

A full-day workshop (5 hours plus). Price: £8.  Details HERE.

“Time plays a central role in every aspect of our lives. The workshop explores ways in which we perceive time and how we represent these perceptions in writing.

“Past experience crucially influences how we view the present and future. Earth’s distant past, cosmological time are difficult to imagine … Clock time is fixed but our impressions of time are subjective – an hour’s enjoyable exercise session will seem to be over quickly, but the minutes drag during a boring lecture…” © Myra Schneider via Second Light Network of Women Poets, publisher of ARTEMISpoetry

To order, contact Administrator, Anne Stewart, +44 (0)1689 811394 / +44 (0)7850 537489 or

Second Light Workshops

“We aim to fulfil our promise of ‘inclusivity’ for poets who are unable to travel to Second Light workshop events, however, our Remote Workshops are pitched at anyone wanting to enjoy a ‘work-out’ and/or kick-start a new selection of work. We also aim to keep our prices low enough for all to access.

“The workshops involve many varied exercises to stimulate new writing, some involving experimenting with formal forms and other approaches you may not have tried. They include notes and discussion points, simulating thoughts and comments of the sort that might be exchanged between participants in a ‘live’ workshop.

“Poems by women participants are eligible for consideration for ARTEMISpoetry, over and above any submission made under the general submission guidelines.” Second Light Network of Women Poets, further details on workshops HERE.

MYRA SCHNEIDER‘s latest and recent books are Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP), The Door to Colour (Enitharmon); What Women Want(SLP). More at Myra Schneider website where you can also order Myra’s books.

HERE is a wonderful interview with Myra on the occasion of her 80th birthday earlier this year. Who wouldn’t want to gather and savor the voice of so much experience: thirteen collections of poetry, children’s books, author of Writing My Way Through Cancer and, with John Killick, Writing Yourself: Transforming Personal Material. Myra has collaborated on more anthologies than I can count, is a poetry coach and champion of women poets, a consultant to Second Light Network of Women Poets and a poetry editor.  Myra’s professional life seems like it is and always has been full and busy. Yet along the way – even when coping with catastrophic illness – Myra is able to take a breath, pick up her pen and inspire.

  • Myra’s Amazon page U.S. is HERE.
  • Myra’s Amazon page U.K. is HERE.



a pinch of here, a dash of there, a full-cup of fancy – a poem

write me long stories founded
on deranged times, mad men
and tough women, on loves lost
or unrequited, filled with agony

tell me tales with elms and oaks,
acorn promises and lively crocus
birthing new hope at springtime

spin long on victories weighty and
igneous as aged volcanic spew,
as stirring as a mother’s love

weave in the thrills of sharp minds,
other climes, indulgent feasts, and
cultured lives of purple privilege

take me on trips that spark tears
and joy like sunlight off ocean waves,
season with a wee pinch of here,
a dash of there, a full-cup of fancy

© 2017, Jamie Dedes


YANG TONGYAN, IMPRISONED CHINESE WRITER and ACTIVIST, DIED WHILE ON MEDICAL PAROLE, his imprisonment a further blow to free expression

Photo from Yang Tongyan’s Facebook Page.

“Yang Tongyan was a peaceful champion of human rights and democracy, who made a huge personal sacrifice to stay true to his principles. The authorities feared the power of his writing and did all they could to silence him.He should never have spent a single day in jail let alone nearly half his life,” Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International.

News that Chinese writer and recipient of the 2008 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award Yang Tongyan has passed away, less than four months after the death of Liu Xiaobo under similar circumstances, is a further devastating loss for free expression advocates around the world and a harsh reminder of how critics of the government are treated by Chinese authorities, PEN America announced Tuesday.

According to a contact at the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), Yang Tongyan passed away after being released from Nanjing Prison on medical parole in August 2017 following his diagnosis with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He briefly returned to his home in Siyang, Jiangsu province. Although he was sent to a hospital in Shanghai that specializes in neurological care to have brain surgery, his family were informed that, as he was a “criminal,” he would not be permitted to leave the country for treatment, according to Yang’s sister.

According to Amnesty International, “Yang Tongyan was months away from completing a 12-year prison sentence when he was released on medical parole. His conviction for ‘subversion’ in 2006 was based on his writings in support of political and democratic change in China. He previously served a 10-year prison sentence for criticizing the crackdown on China’s 1989 pro-democracy movement.”

“Yang Tongyan’s death, so soon after that of Liu Xiaobo, is another black mark on the Chinese authorities’ human rights record,” said Karin Karlekar, PEN America’s Director of Free Expression at Risk Programs.

Yang, who wrote under the pseudonym Yang Tianshui, was a brilliant writer, literary critic, and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), an organization of leading writers working on free expression issues both inside and outside of China. He was known for his critical writings published on web sites such as and His catalog of literary writing includes poems, short stories, essays, novels, and memos, many of which were written during his time in prison. In May 2006, after a three hour trial that was closed to the public, Yang was sentenced to twelve years’ imprisonment and four years’ deprivation of political rights by the Zhenjiang Intermediate Court in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, on charges of “subversion of state power” for writing dissident articles, and for his political activism. He had suffered from poor health for years, and had served eleven years of his twelve-year sentence before his family’s third request for medical parole was approved.

News of Yang’s death comes less than four months after Nobel Peace Laureate and notable writer Liu Xiaobo’s death in custody from liver cancer. Following Liu’s release from prison, the authorities also denied his wish to travel overseas to access high-quality medical treatment. Since his death and funeral, his widow, poet and painter Liu Xia, has been held at an unknown location and has had no contact with family and friends.

China’s extensive censorship apparatus limits freedom of speech both within and outside its borders. The situation has grown more alarming since President Xi Jinping took office in early 2013, with an increased crackdown on free speech and implementation of additional censorship laws and restrictions on the internet. Lengthy prison sentences have long been used in China to silence dissident voices, and many Chinese writers, journalists, and pro-democracy activists live in fear of censorship, harassment, and incarceration as a result of speaking out about sensitive issues.


This feature is courtesy of Yang Tongyan’s Facebook Page, PEN America and Amnesty International

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. It champions the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Its mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Amnesty International is a global movement of over seven million people who, under this umbrella, campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

“Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the world’s people, will our work be done.” Peter Benenson, Amnesty International Founder