Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions, Competitions

“Dining Out” Theatre Row, Redwood City

The year we shaped our lives in the redwood forest,
you brought a wounded salamander inside to heal.
We gathered woodsy things, thistles and pinecones.
We made rose-hip syrup, dried the last of the herbs.
I decorated the cabin in an ensemble of earth tones,
a spicy blend to match the fires you built in the hearth
and the scent of the East in the ma’amoul baking. Our
seasonal hibernation was swathed in sweets and books.
Our winter warmed on the gold-dust of our love.
© 2016, Jamie Dedes



Opportunity Knocks

BULBUL, an annual of art and literature affiliated with Brown University’s Middle East Studies Program, seeks submissions that reflects that region’s cultures including poetry , prose, photography, visual arts, translations, and audio visual. Now submission fee. No Payment. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Details HERE.

ELECTRIC LITERATURE is an online publication offering several potential opportunities for publication. The following are current or upcoming …

  • April 1 – April 7 – general fiction submissions to “Recommended Reading”
  • through April 1 – poetry and graphic narrative for “The Computer”

Submission Guidelines HERE.

NONBINARY REVIEW, The Zoetic Press Journal of Literature, seeks poetry and visual arts on theme for upcoming issues:

Issue #21: The Works of H. G. Wells
(closes 4/22/2019)

Issue #22: The Odyssey by Homer
(closes 7/24/2019)

No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE SUBURBAN REVIEW is open for submission of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comics through 18 April 2019.  No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

2019 CRAB CREEK REVIEW POETRY PRIZE is open through through May 15, 2019. Entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.

THE LORAINE WILLIAMS POETRY PRIZE 2019 of The Georgia Review is open through May 15. Entry fee or subscription purchase. Cash award. Details HERE.

MARSDEN THE POETRY VILLAGE COMPETITION is themed “together” and closes on 1 June 2019.  Entry fee. Cash awards. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions and Competitions

The Sun Is In Love With Me

what a morning, good morning
burst of apricot, showering light
drizzling glee, a child’s laughter
if I had to live for just one day
it would be this one, morning-glory
nodding her bright-eyed blue head
and i know, there’s no such thing
no such thing as a death star
there’s only life, over hill and field
shining into windows, on warm grass
Look! the daisies are smiling
and the California poppies are
popping yellow like corn in a pot
the moon was muse last night
today the sun is in love with me

© 2013, Jamie Dedes 



ARTEMISpoetry features poetry, reviews, and essays by women. Submissions for Issue 22 close on 31 August. Details HERE.

THE ACCOUNT publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is open for submissions begging May 1 and through September 1.  Details HERE.

ANIMAL: A BEAST OF A LITERARY MAGAZINE, “an online lit mag where artists of word and image explore the ephemeral between human and animal,” publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art.  Details HERE.

BREVITY publishes “extremely brief essay form” and craft essays and is open to submissions up to 750 words from established and emerging writers. Honorarium. Submission fee. Details HERE.

THE TIN HOUSE ONLINE featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry “and more” opened for submissions on March 6. Paying market. No submission fee. Details HERE.

THE WRITER, which is “dedicated to expanding and supporting the work of professional and aspiring writers with a straightforward presentation of industry information, writing instruction and professional and personal motivation. In the pages of our magazine, writers share experiences, expertise, struggles, advice, successes, and suggestions…,” welcomes queries. Details HERE.

TUPELO PRESS, fostering the literary arts since 1999, hosts and “Million-Line Poem,” a collective poetic process involving poets from around the world contributing couplets to create a unique organic art.  Details HERE.


2019 BERKSHIRE PRIZE FOR A FIRST OR SECOND BOOK OF POETRY (Tupelo Press) is open for entries through April 30.  $30 entry fee. Cash award and publication. Details HERE.

2019 CAVE CANEM POETRY PRIZE is open through March 31, 2019. $1,000 cash ward, publication, fifteen copies and reading. Entry fee: $20. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions and Competitions

We sit and talk,
quietly, with long lapses of silence
and I am aware of the stream
that has no language, coursing
beneath the quiet heaven of
your eyes
which has no speech
William Carlos Williams, Paterson



CARVE MAGAZINE publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submissions are free if you are a subscriber. Details HERE.

CHRONICLE BOOKS publishes children’s books and adult trade: cookbooks, fine art, design, photography, pop culture, craft, fashion, beauty, home décor, relationships, lifestyle, and interactive journals, kits, decks, and stationery. No fiction or poetry.  Details HERE on submitting proposals.

PELICAN PUBLISHING publishes an average of seventy titles a year and has about 1500 currently in print. Its catalog includes “art/architecture books, cooking/cookbooks, motivational, popular history (especially Louisiana/regional), children’s books (illustrated and otherwise), and social commentary.” It seeks “writers on the cutting edge of ideas who do not write in cliches, or take the old, tired, unimaginative way of foul language and sex scenes to pad a poor writing effort. We strongly urge writers to be aware of ideas gaining currency. We believe ideas have consequences. One of the consequences is that they lead to best-selling books.”  Guidelines HERE.

SALT HILL JOURNAL, open to submissions from new and emerging as well as established writers and artists, publishes a biannual literary journal that includes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Reading periods fiction and poetry for 2019/2020 are July 1 through September 30, 2019 and January 1 through March 31, 2020.  Nonfiction submissions are currently open through April 1. No submission fees. No payment. Submission guidelines HERE.


NARRATIVE magazine’s Winter Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. $2,500 First Prize; $1,000 Second Prize; $500 Third Prize; Up to ten finalists receive $100 each. See the guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors.

THE MASTERS REVIEW ANTHOLOGY VII Final Weeks to Enter! $5000 Awarded – Ten Writers Recognized “Just over two weeks left to enter our anthology, a collection of ten stories and essays written by the best emerging authors. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. We are thrilled to have guest judge, Kate Bernheimer, selecting the ten stories that will make up Anthology VIII.” Closes on March 31.
SEQUESTRUM REPRINT AWARDS for previously published fiction and nonfiction close on April 30, 2019. Entry fee. Cash awards and publication. Details HERE.

SIXFOLD.org is accepting contest entries through April 23; $5 to enter | $1000 Fiction and Poetry Prize Sixfold’s process is unique:  Entries are voted on by other writers.  Visit the site to find details on how it works and to enter your writing. Sixfold.org


Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

The Poet by Day is 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 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.

Often information is just thatinformation– and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in Opportunity Knocks (previously 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. Disabled and homebound, I never attend events anymore and have no recent experience of them. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


“Matador Review” & “Poetica Review” call for submissions; Erratum to 03/10/2019 announcement

“The Matador Review strives to be a cultural conservationist for the alternative world. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative.” The Editors

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is accepting submissions for the Summer 2019 publication. This review featured poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Submissions are open through May 31, 2019 for the summer issue.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Los Angeles and Chicago. Founded in January 2016, the purpose is to promote “alternative work” from both art and literature, and to encourage respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. Recent contributors include Damian Van Denburgh, Rachelle Cruz, Heidi Seaborn, Jeremy Radin, Marguerite L. Harrold, and others.

Submission information can be found HERE.


POETiCA REViEW “exists to promote the work of new and older poets alike, the less fortunate, the dispossessed, those without a voice, but encourage the artistic talents of all, not just a privileged minority.” Submission guidelines HERE. Watch the site for upcoming competition announcement.

ERRATUM: Yesterday I announced that I set up The new Facebook The BeZine Arts and Humanities Group, a place to share all your arts activities and accomplishments, not just poetry, in the hope of inspiring one another and encouraging collaborations among the arts. Within this group you can announce publications, showings, events and so forth. You are encouraged to share your videos: music, poetry readings, photography, art, film and so forth. I also provided information on the long-established “The BeZine” 100TPC (and Friends) for Change group discussion page. I’ve corrected the email address provided in the post. And here today the correct email for submissions and communications for the Zine is bardogroup@gmail.com .

Note: Call for submissions to the March 15, 2019 issue of The BeZine is closed. We are currently reading for that issue and will respond to submissions shortly.  Calls for submissions will open again from April 15 through June 10 for the June issue, which is themed sustainability.  Thank you!