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Opportunity Knocks: Six Calls for Submissions and One Competion

“How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

“So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.”  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Of Note: 

Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements. I post it when there are enough leads. Many leads are only announced on The Poet by Day Facebook Page.

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities Facebook Group Discussion Page

MARK YOU CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 is 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE, GLOBAL, 2019 and THE BeZINE 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE VIRTUAL EVENT, with Michael Dickel as master of ceremonies. Look for updates on this site, The BeZine,  and at

Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT, Sojouner and Stranger; poems submitted on theme in response to Wednesday Writing Prompt are posted on site the following Tuesday, making a lovely collection for poets and readers.   


ABOUT PLACE JOURNAL is open for submissions of poetry, essays, creative nonfiction an other prose, and aduio/visual artwork through August 1. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW is published once a year in May and opens for submissions from September 1 – December 1 (mark your calendars)  of fiction up to 5000 words and poetry and photography and artwork for their cover. No submission fee. Payment is two copies. Details HERE

CARVE MAGAZINE short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions year-round from anywhere in the world. No submission fee if you are a subscriber. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE HUNGRY CHIMERA publishes fiction, poetry, and photography and is open for submissions. Details HERE.

IRON CITY MAGAZINE is accepting submissions of short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, one-act plays, and art through July 21. Submissions are welcome from “current/former prisoners, current/former prison volunteers, family and friends of prisoners, and current/former prison staff. Current/former prisoners may submit work on any topic. Prison volunteers, family, friends, and staff should submit only work on prison-related memories, perspectives, or insights …. To accommodate prisoners who do not have computer and/or internet access, we accept both electronic and mail-in submissions. Additionally, we accept both typed and handwritten work. There is no submission fee. Please see the guidelines below for each category.” Details HERE.

THE OFFING is open for submissions of art, essay, memoir and fiction. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE


NARRATIVE 11TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. $1,500 First Prize; $750 Second Prize; $300 Third Prize; Ten finalists receive $75 each. Entry fee is $25.

“We all need people who delight in our words.”
L.L. Barkat, in Rumors of Water


Recent in digital publications: 
* Four poemsI Am Not a Silent Poet
* Remembering Mom, HerStry
* Three poems, Levure littéraire
Upcoming in digital publications:
* Over His Morning Coffee, Front Porch Review
* From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems)

A mostly bed-bound poet, writer, former columnist and the former associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove,I Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta/ Phor(e) /Play, The Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, a curated info hub for poets and writers. I founded The Bardo Group/Beguines, a vitual literary community and publisher of The BeZine of which I am the founding and managing editor.

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.”  Lucille Clifton


News and Updates …

“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


You are invited to join us at The BeZine Arts and Humanities Group where you are welcome to share your artwork of any kind and to announce your successes/publication/showings/reading et al. Come out to play … and welcome Michael Dickel as my new co-admin there.

FRONTIER POETRYdeadline for entries to the 2019 Chapbook Contest will close on May 15. Cash award and publication. Entry fee. Details HERE.


Antisemitism has been on the rise, so ASYMPTOTE JOURNAL decided to launch a Special Feature call for translated Yiddish Poetry in solidarity. Submission guidelines HERE. This journal publishes poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, visual arts, criticism, feature articles and interviews.



I just spent an exhausting three days focused on getting portable supplemental oxygen tanks delivered. Although I have a stationary oxygen concentrator for use in my apartment, the portables are necessary as back-up in an emergency. I’m supposed to have eight in reserve – among other things, this is earthquake country  – and I was down to two. Other tanks are for getting to and from doctor appointments or for an occasional outing. (Among my health challenges: respiratory failure.) Fortunately despite my compromised situation, I am still able to fight for myself. My family is with me on this and would take over the project if I was unable to handle it. On day four, I finally got cleared for delivery and got the much needed tanks but only after threatening to get my lawyer involved.

This experience makes me wonder about the poor folks who are unable speak for themselves and have no one to go to bat for or with them. Apparently this struggle for timely and sufficient supplemental 02 is a challenge with durable medical suppliers nation wide (U.S.) and hospital critical care/pulmonology professionals are working hard to get better service for us. I’m doing some research now with an eye toward the possibility of a feature article on this problem. I hope to bring some larger awareness to the issue.

If you have something to add to the conversation as a patient, caretaker, or service provider, please email me at I’m interested in your thoughts and experience with obtaining prescribed supplemental oxygen. Thank you! / J.D.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Calls for Submissions and Contests

Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose all the lions get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

– W. H. Auden


Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities FaceBook Group Discussion Page.

Submissions to The BeZine, June 2019 issue are open. Submissions should be emailed to  A detailed announcement will post soon. For now: June 2019 issue, Deadline June 10th. Theme: Sustainability; September 2019 issue, Opens for submission July 1st, Deadline September 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice


Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT’


2RIVER reading period for poetry for the fall issue is open now through July 31. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

BREAKWATER REVIEW is a managed by students at the University of Massachusetts, Boston MFA Program, which is digital and is published three times a year. The journal publishes poetry, fiction, visual arts, and creative nonfiction and accepts submission for consideration all year and from September through April the reading period is free.

HELEN, A LITERARY MAGAZINE is open for submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction for its web issues through June 1st. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

HER STRY seeks stories this month about moms or your experience about motherhood. Deadline: May 23. Details HERE.


THE BREAKWATER FICTION CONTEST seeks entries from 1,000 – 5,000. Cash award and consideration for publication. Entry fee. Submit October 15 through January 15. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

CARVE MAGAZINE‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world. Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.

HELEN STEWART POETRY AWARD, 2019, an annual contest for the State of Nevada poets only. Cash award: $100. Entry fee: $5.  Deadline: June 1. Details HERE.

THE 15TH ANNUAL VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST is open for worldwide submission through Saturday, July 20, 2019. No entry fee. Publication, not cash award. Details were posted HERE yesterday. Today’s update from Alan Lowe, which I’ve added to yesterday’s post:

“All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe
MASTER’S REVIEW FLASH FICTION CONTEST is open for submissions through May 31, 2019. Entree fee. Cash awards and workshop participation. Details HERE.

THE PESEROFF PRIZE POETRY CONTEST of Breakwater Review offers a cash award and publication. Entry fee. Deadline: July 15. Details HERE.



Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.
The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale (Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, Helen of Troy and Other Poems, Rivers to the Sea, Love Songs, and Flame and She


Opportunity Knocks

CAGBI, a literary space publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short essays and is open through February 20 for submissions. Details HERE.

CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW, Georgia State University, Perimeter College publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews and review essays, and translations. Submission fee. Payment : two copies. Details HERE.

CRAZYHORSE welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through May 31st. Submission fees. Details HERE.

DARKHOUSE BOOKS is open for themed book submissions: Mid-Century Murder through March 31; What We Talk About When We Talk About It through February 28; Fearrington Road through June 15; and A Murder of Crows through April 15. No submission fees. Payment in royalties. Details HERE.

DELTA POETRY REVIEW accepts submissions year-round. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

eCHAPBOOK publishes poetry, short stories, flash fiction, novel and memoir excerpts and personal essays.  It is open through February 28, 2019 for its spring chapbook anthology themed Upheavals. Submission fees. Payments. Details HERE.  Submission to the fiction collection will open from May 1 – June 30.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA, unpredictable, fearless, bright, dark, innovative poetry and writing will open for submissions to its next anthology on October 15, 2019. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

PUDDING MAGAZINE, The Journal of Applied Poetry publishes poetry, short essays, articles, and short short stories. No submission fee. Payment: contributor copy. Details HERE.

RIVER STYX, Multicultural Literary Explorers Since 1975 publishes poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, and art and is open now for general submissions. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

TYPISHLY is an online literary journal that welcomes emerging and established writers and publishes poetry and short fiction and sponsors a Weekend Roundtable,  Short-fiction Mondays, Poetry Tuesdays, and two creative challenges.  As of this writing all are open for submissions and there is a submission fee of $3. 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

ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS AND WRITERS PROGRAMS (AWP) AWARDS SERIES is open for submissions through February 28. $30 entry fee for nonmembers. Award: publication. This is a ” . . . competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.” Awards are for creative nonfiction, fiction (novels and short fiction), and poetry. Details HERE.

THE CAGIBI MACARON PRIZE has three categories: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.




Deadline for participation – all encouraged no matter the status of your career – is Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Photograph Beautiful Old Lady from Darap (Sikkim) Village courtesy of Sukanto Debnath from Hyderabad, India under licensed  Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic.


This is an old video shared with us by Aprilia Zank. Ferlingetti lovers this is for you …

An example of a well-done poetry-collection trailer:

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






Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton