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


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A WANTON TEXT PRODUCTION, a freewheeling small press, accepts submissions of “visual and concrete poetry, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art …” on a rolling basis. Details HERE.

ANGRY OLD MAN (AOM), experiental art and poetry “accepts visual and concrete poetry, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art, etc…. Essays/non-fiction/journalism are (heartily) accepted (especially related to contemporary art/poetry). AOM indulges the non-mainstream. If you have something to say that bucks accepted (and acceptable) dogma (especially within so-called experimental circles), and is (probably) considered unpublishable by both mainstream and “experimental” outlets, please feel free to submit.” Details HERE. Published by A Wanton Text Production, a freewheeling small press.

FIRST LINE LITERARY JOURNAL is all about a “first line” writing prompt for fiction and nonfiction. The publication comes out four times a year. No submission fee. Paying market. DEADLINE: November 1, 2017. Details HERE.

FOUNTAIN MAGAZINE is published bimonthly and has an open all for submissions of articles on upcoming themes: – Violence: Root Causes and Solutions; Environmental Ethics and Spirituality; Internet and Society; Biomedical Science, Health, Technology and Society; Challenges and Opportunities for Interfaith Dialogue; Family and Society; Economic Crisis and Intolerance. Details HERE.

HORROR ADDICTS has an open call for its upcoming Crescendo of Darkness, A Horror Anthology edited by Jeremiah Donaldson. The theme is music. Fiction from 2,000 to 5,000 words is welcome for consideration. If accepted the payment is $10 and a digital contributor copy. The deadline is October 31, 2017. Details are HERE.

NINTH LETTER is a collaborative arts and literary project of the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. It is edited by faculty and students. Ninth letter has an call for submissions of fiction (closes November 30) and poetry (through February 28). Details HERE. This publication hosts an annual competition which begins in March.  Watch the site for announcements.

PALOOKA is an international press and online lit mag that publishes “many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narratives, comic strips, artwork, and photography.” $2.50 submission fee for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. No submission fee on graphic narratives and comic strips, photography and art. Details HERE.

READER’S DIGEST accepts proposals for feature articles. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRIUM, Literature and Arts publishes on a rolling basis – “about every two weeks” –  is a paying market for short fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual arts.  Will consider unsolicited manuscripts. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE call for submissions

The November 2017 issue – themed Hunger, Poverty and Working-class Slavery –  is now open and the deadline is November 10thSend submissions to me at Publication is November 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.

Submissions of work on your country and its history and culture are welcome no matter your citizenship, national origin, first language, religion or lack thereof. The more diverse the representation, the better. English only or accompanied by translation into English. 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 a gift of life and love and an entirely volunteer effort. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge for submissions or subscriptions.

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. / J.D.

The BeZine fosters understanding through a shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited; seeks to make 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. Actively supports peace, environmental sustainability, social justice and a life of the spirit.


  • The October music issue of The BeZine is available for reading.
  • HEADS-UP ON THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF The BeZine: the theme is Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles). Deadline: December 10.
  • Beginning January 2018, we’ll move to a quarterly format with themes and – possibly – sub-themes. Your suggestions for sub-themes are welcome. Email me at


Coffee, Tea and Poetry is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Send food poems and brief bio to Jamie Dedes for consideration – with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line.

Encourages responsible sourcing and wholesome – not prefabricated – foods.

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Opportunity Knocks

Anhinga Press, 2017 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize, 18-14 pages of poetry that may include previously published works. Entry free. Cash award and publication. Deadline: December 17, 2017. Details HERE.

READERS DIGEST 100 WORD STORY COMPETITION, a  competition for a true story. Monthly. $100 award, No entry fee. Details HERE.


THE TONY HILLERMAN PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERY SET IN THE SOUTHWEST 2018 Contest. Deadline: January 2, 2018. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THE POETRY NOOK, Poetry for Every Occasion collects classic poems, famous poems, love poems, and your poems. Sponsors a weekly poetry contest. $150 for the winning poem, $15 for honorable mentions, free entry, prior publication is okay. Each contest ends on Sunday with results published on the following Sunday. Registration required. Details HEREWinners and honorable mention are eligible for inclusion in anthologies.

LIFE OF WRITERS was established in 2013 as “the place where you as a writer can meet equals and discuss the journey of getting your work such as a poem, short story, novel or screenplay published. This is a place where you can get inspired by others, or even inspire others yourself. For the time spend here, in return you will get new ideas, thoughts and tools that you may not have thought about before. We hope that you find our website a fun and productive place to meet fellow writers.”  Those with self-published books can post info. This site hosts a themed short-story contest each month. No fees. Registration required.  Details HERE.

THE FOUNTAIN MAGAZINE hosts an annual essay contest. 1,500 – 2,500 words. The current them is How to face a disaster?: “Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.” Prize: 1st Place – $1,000, 2nd Place – $500, 3rd Place – $300, Two Honorable Mentions – $150 each. Deadline: January 31, 2018.


NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS annually provides over $650,000 in cash grants to people pursuing artistic excellence in all forms, as well as a variety of artist-in-residence opportunities. Details HERE.


  • Nov. 12, Sunday, 1pm – 2:30 pm Rising from the Ashes. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol, CA  95472 Sonoma County poets will gather to both honor the pain and celebrate the resilience of those who have been through so much from the disastrous fires. Organized by 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Susan Lamont, current Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Dunkle, former Sonoma County Poets Laureate Terry Ehret and Katherine Hastings and Rumi’s Caravan poet Larry Robinson
  • Willis and Tony Barnstone, Poets of the Bible, Nov. 13, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Hilton Obenzinger reads from Treyf Peach, Nov. 15, Wednesday, 7 pm – 8 pm, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Bao Phi, Button Poetry Live, November 6, Monday, 7 pm – 10:30 pm, Camp Bar, 490 Robert St. N., Saint Paul, Minnesota Details HERE.
  • Button Poetry at Icehouse V: Rudy Francisco Release Party, November 19, Sunday, 7 pm – 9 pm, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN $15 in advance. $20 at the door. Includes copy of the book. Details HERE.
  • A Verse Record: Poet’s Journals/Journal Poems – Master class with Stacy Szymaszek, October 26, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, St. Mark’s Church, Parish Hall, NY, NY. $95 admission. For details email:
  • GLOBAL DAY OF CLAY is a “worldwide celebration of ceramics in all its forms, connecting professional ceramicists, artists, academics and everyday ceramics lovers everywhere to explore new ideas, innovations and works that are shaping the future of the art form.” Details HEREHosted by 92Y in New York and NCECA

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  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week 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 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.


POETRY FLASH, LITERARY REVIEW & CALENDAR FOR THE WEST builds community through literature, providing literary writing, access to literary activities, information, and inspiration to writers and the public through publishing and events. Publication is our primary expression, both online and in print. MORE


  • The hugely talented and multi-award winning UK poet Anne Stewart’s Let It All Come to Us is available in English and Romanian in print     as free download

POETS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: Here is Anne zip-lining


Poet Evelyn Augusto calls on you to invite her to your high schools to speak out on gun safety.
(c) Elayne Mosher Campoli /event hosted by Elayne Moshr Campoli

“Rise and Resist For Sensible Gun Safety
We will have an information table for voter registration and letter writing campaign to our representatives.
Our program includes:
Evelyn Augusto
Invitations have also been extended to the State and City Police
Maybe you!? (Email to sign up)

Join in a series of Rise And Resist protests, drawing from movements including Indivisible and the Women’s March. Each month on the first Thursday we will gather to take a stand on an issue we are passionate about. We are looking to collaborate with other local groups to plan topics, please contact us for more info. Format includes open mic (sign up ahead), candlelight vigil and singing. We set up an informational table so folks can sign up to stay involved in the larger movement, get registered to vote, write letters to their representatives, and make posters.”

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:

  • 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 a means to generate income, publicity and marketing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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


Opportunity Knocks

SUBPRIMAL POETRY ART is interested in prose and poetry, art, and essay and “looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truth.” Submission period for the next issue is from September 1 – October 16. Submissions guidelines are HERE. How We Make Selections by Victor D. Sandiego, Editor

FIGROOT PRESS announced a call for a special issue, for my lover she is air: a Sappho tribute. Demographic restrictions. Deadline August 15. Details HERE.  Calls for general submission will reopened on September 1st for the October issue and November 1st for the December issue.

STARWHEEL MAGAZINE, Bite-sized Literature and Art is a project of The Riding Light Review. SW was created as a platform for writers and artists to showcase their work: We feature micro-fiction, short poetry, and art. This is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit magazine. Our publication schedule is fluid. We our open for submissions. Please visit our guidelines for more information.”

THE RIDING LIGHT REVIEW “publishes works [fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photograph] from both new and established writers and artists. Our goal is to support and promote the diversity of our contributors and to add their voices to the wider cultural landscape of language and arts throughout the world.:” The Review is on hiatus until August. Submission guidelines HEREWatch the site for calls.

HEIGHTS MAGAZINES is a “New York City based literary magazine seeking poetry, flash fiction, and art/photography. We pay for all the submissions that we accept for publishing.” Submission guidelines HERE.

WORD FOUNTAIN, The Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library has an open call for prose, poetry or a combination of the two for its Fall-Winter 2017 issue. Deadline: August 15. Global readership. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the July 2017 issue – themed Prison Culture/Restorative Justicedeadline July 10th latest. Publication date is July 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions. We would encourage submissions from people who are involved one way or the other in the justice system and former youth “offenders.” Critique along with constructive suggestions or tested solutions and best practices are welcome. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.

Heads-up on the August zine: The theme is Theatre. Deadline: August 10.

INK SWEAT AND TEARS, The poetry and prose webzine will open for submissions on Monday, October 2. Submission details are HERE.

FINISHING LINE PRESS “is the home of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series, the New Women’s Voices Prize in Poetry, the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry, the Starting Gate Award, and the FLP Kentucky Poetry Book Prize.” Coming deadlines:
  • Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer, DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 2017
  • New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
  • Open Chapbook Competition: DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2017
  • Poetry Book manuscripts are being accepted now.
  • General Submissions for chapbook manuscripts. (We read general submissions year round.)
Details HERE.


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CALGARY POETRY MAGAZINE  “invites all poets writing in the English language, living everywhere on Earth, to participate in the Calgary Poetry Contest. Prizes will be awarded for First Place and Top Calgary Poet. Winning these prizes also wins entry into the Wax Poetry and Art World’s Best Poem contest.” Submission fee $3-$5 CAD. Deadline, July 30th. Guidelines HERE.

WAX POETRY AND ART, WORLD’S BEST POEM 2017 CONTEST closes at the end of 2017 for award in Spring 2018. Cash awards: Editor’s Choice: $75 CAD and Reader’s Choice: $75 CAD. To be eligible to win, you have to win one of these contests: Africa Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 6, 2017)
India Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 13, 2017)
Angela Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 27, 2017)
UK Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 10, 2017)
Canada Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 17, 2017)
United States Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 24, 2017)
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #3 (Closes October 1, 2017) Details HERE.

Reminders/These are still open:

THE STANZA POETRY COMPETITION (UK) “is open exclusively to Poetry Society members (if you’re not a member join here) and who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS. Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem (not including title). Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.” Details HERE.

PRESS 53 Award for Poetry 2018 competition is open for submissions through July 31. Winner receives a cash advance of $1000 and publication. There is a $30 reading fee. Details HERE.

2018 FAR HORIZONS AWARD FOR POETRY (CA) is not yet accepting submission watch The Malahat Review for updates. This is for poets who have not yet published a collection. Prize is $1,000 (CAD). The deadline is May 1, 2018. Entry fees vary. Submissions from outside of Canada are welcome. Details HERE.

THE POETRY CENTER sponsors three annual competitions: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People.  February 1, 2018 is the deadline for all.  Details HERE.


  • 2017 Ridgefield Writers Conference, Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 22 – 23. Details HERE.
  • Legacy Conversations: Chris Abani and Norman Ellis hosted by Cave Canem from 7-9 p.m. n July 11th at the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, Illinois.
  • A RAINBOW OF RESISTANCE, Poetry, Art & Music to benefit THE TREVOR PROJECT, Sunday, July 23, 5 p.m., Brickhouse Bewery, 67 W. Main St., Patchogue, LI, New York 11772, Hosted by Russ Green and friends
  • Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party from 2-9 p.m. on July 29. Hosted by and held at the National Museum of Mexican Art and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, Illinois
  • Arte Folia: Preto No Branco (Artefolia Dance Company) from 7 -10 pm, August 27.  Hosted by Aninha Malandro at BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California
  • 100,000 Thousand Poets for Change, Downey, California September 26, 5-10 p.m., The Green Salon Details HERE.
  • LIBERTY CIRCUS, A Fundraiser for ACLU/Refugees & Immigrants, Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7:00PM, Theatre 80 St Marks, 80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
    between First and Second Avenues, East Village, 50% of proceeds will go to the ACLU, New York City branch (NYCLU), The Liberty Circus (Malcolm Holcombe, Alan Kaufman, RB Morris and Al Maginnes) plus special guests Chris Rael and the Church of Betty, Felice Rosser and her band FAITH, and poet Sam Sax are a rogue band of outlaw singer-songwriters and poets. They’ve thrown in to crisscross the land in a performing rolling thunder celebration of good old democratic open-heartedness and to raise funds for Immigrants and Refugees. 50% of all proceeds will go to the New York Chapter of the ACLU. Tickets HERE.

Brazil: click on the flyer to see it enlarged


debuted last week with:

The photograph is by Larisa Koshkina, Public Domain


  • Michael Rothenburg (co-founder of 100,000 Poets for Change) for his newest collection, Wake Up and Dream, just out now from MadHat Press.
  • Paul Brookes for the publication of his ebook The Headpoke and Firewedding, edited by Alien Buddha.
  • Mendes Biondo for publication of his poem Worried Leaves in InkSweat and Tears (U.K) webzine. Mendes is an Italian journalist and writer. His work is published in zines around the world. He’s has been a guest poet/writer to The BeZine. Mendes is the Editor-in-Chief of the cultural blog RAMINGO!
  • Debasis Mukhopadhyay (between ink & inkblot) for the recent publication of his new chapbook, kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context, available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.
  • Uche Nduka for receiving one of the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts awards in poetry. Sageberry 1,Uche’s first book to be published in Nigeria in twenty years, was released recently. His Amazon page is HERE.
  • Silva Zanoyan Merjanian for raising $682.70 for Mer Doon Inc. from the proceeds of Rumor (Cold Water Press, 2015). Mer Doon is an organization that houses orphaned eighteen-year-old girls aging out of care. This support gives the girls a chance to become financially independent and safe from human traffickers. So far the sales of Rumor have also generated over $5,000 for charities. If you buy the book directly from Silva’s site (as opposed to Amazon), all proceeds go to these charities. Rumor won the 2015 Best Book Award in the poetry category from the NABE. Three poems from the book were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  It is Silva’s second published collection.



Often information is just that information – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications featured in Sunday Announcements or elsewhere on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income and publicity for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I am homebound due to disability and no longer attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.

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