Opportunity Knocks for Women Poets: Calls for Submissions and Competition

The Muses Clio, Euterpe, and Thalia, by Eustache Le Sueur, c. 1652-1655 / Public Domain

“Poems are like dreams: in them you put what you don’t know you know.”  Adrienne Rich, Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations


ARTEMIS POETRY, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets, is open for submissions to its November 2020 issue: Poetry by 31st August; Artwork by 15th September: Members’ News & Readers’ Letters, 15th September. Details HERE.

LITERARY MAMA “believes that all mothers have a story worth sharing and honors the many faces of motherhood by publishing work that celebrates the journey as well as the job.” Literary Mama invites submissions to its blog. It also publishes book reviews, creative nonfiction, fiction, literary reflections, photography, poetry, and profiles. Details HERE.



JUDGE MYRA SCHNEIDER. Myra Schneider’s latest collections are Lifting the Sky (Ward Wood, 2018) and Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP, 2016). Writing Our Selves, a writing resource written with John Killick, was published by Continuum Books in 2009.

£300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems

£150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)

£75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)

Winning & Commended Poems published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry

Winners offered a London reading.

Deadline Thursday 6th August.

Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/Joining)

More: Rules & Entry        direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop

Myra Schneider: “…I shall be looking for poems which travel, poems in which the form fits the subject matter and the language is alive. This is a time when contemporary issues are very much at the front of everyone’s minds and, very understandably, give rise to strong feelings. On the whole I believe poems dealing with this kind of subject matter work best if the approach is indirect. When I read entries which deal with this type of material I shall be particularly considering whether it has been fully transformed into poetry.”

The results will be posted on the website by 30th September. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read on site.

Photograph courtesy João Silas, Unsplash

Mbizo Chirasha, founder and curator of Wombwords Literary Press, announced a Call for Submissions to the June 2020 edition themed Imagining Life After COVID-19.



“The June edition is to be edited by our Poet Laureate and USA Associate to the Womawords Hall of Fame, Jamie Dedes.

“The call is open to women poets from May 20 through June 20.

“Ten poems and poets will be selected from the submissions, which should include a short third-person bio of thirty-to-sixty words and your photograph.


“Submissions to be forwarded to BOTH

  • Mbizo Chirasha womawordpress@gmail.com
  • and cc’d Jamie Dedes at thepoetbyday@gmail.com”

About Womawords Literary Press

Womawords, an international eZine based in Africa, is the heart child of multi-award winning Zimbabwean poet in exile, Mbizo Chirasha.  It was established to support women and girls through the publication of activist poetry by women.  Current projects are Womawords companion publication, Liberating Voices Journal, and the newly founded Womawords Hall of Fame.

The Womawords Hall of Fame seeks to amplify women’s voices through literary and other arts and comprises representatives from around the globe: writers, poets, editors, and mentors among others.

Jamie Dedes:

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Opportunities and Activities for Poets and Writers, Locked down, Quarantined, Day-jobless

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“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.”  Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


THE MADRAS COURIER publishes on art, culture, environment, biography, public policy and global affairs topics. Poetry welcome. No payment. No submission fees. Details HERE.

OVERLAND LITERARY MAGAZINE is open to receiving pitches or completed works of nonfiction or essays.

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will open for submissions of poetry from May 11-31 to its June 2020 issue. The themes are: “a lament for the earth” and/or “a song of residence.” Payment. $50 for accepted poem. Details HERE


LITERARY TAXIDERMY (REGULUS PRESS) is open for submissions to its 2020 Short Story Competition. Cash awards and publication in the next Literary Taxidermy Anthology. Opening and closing lines provided. Stories to 2,500 words. $10 entry fee. Details HERE

MASTERS REVIEW is open for entries to its Anthology Prize showcasing the best emerging writers. $5,000 will be awarded between ten finalist. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: March 28. Details HERE.

NARRATIVE WINTER 2020 STORY CONTEST is open for entries of previously unpublished short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entry fee: $27 (covers entry and subscription). Deadline: March 31. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS is open for entries through April 1, 2020. Cash award, publication, and trip to New York for the annual conference. Categories include poetry. entry feels run from $85 – $125. Details HERE.


On another note (sort of): United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund.  They will help with bills, rent, and food. You can call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code. You will be given a list of local agencies that might offer assistance. 


Jamie Dedes:

Your donation HERE helps to fund the ongoing mission of The Poet by Day in support of poets and writers, freedom of artistic expression, and human rights.

Poetry rocks the world!


For Peace, Sustainability, Social Justice

The Poet by Day officially endorses Bernie Sanders for President.

The New New Deal

Link HERE for Bernie’s schedule of events around the country.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Bernie Sanders

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

Opportunity Knocks for Poets and Writers: Calls for Submissions, Competitions

“Poetry empowers the simplest of lives to confront the most extreme sorrows with courage, and motivates the mightiest of offices to humbly heed lessons in compassion.” Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

ARTEMISpoetry, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets, invites submissions to Issue 24 through 28 February 2020. Deadline for artwork is 15 March. Details HERE.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL is open for submissions of themed poems and stories. Upcoming themes are: Listen to Your Dreams; Stories about Christmas; Stories about Self-care and Me Time; The Magic of Cats; The Magic of Dogs. Details HERE.

DELMARVA REVIEW submission period for Volume 13 is open for poetry, fiction and flash fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and art through March 31. No submission fees. Details HERE.

GEEK OUT III, Where queer meets geek, is open for submissions of genre fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics, scripts, and visual art through March 31. Payment in royalties. Details HERE

SUBTERRANEAN BLUE POETRY is open for submissions of poetry and of articles about poetry or poets. Paying market. Optional submission fee. Details HERE.

SubTERRAIN, Strong Words for a Polite Nation is open for submissions of original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary for three publication in 2020. Paying market. Submission fee: $3. Details HERE.


THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers is open for entrees to its Winter Short Story Award through January 31. Cash award, publication, agency review. Entry fee: $20. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST Short Short Story Competition deadline has been extended to from January 13 to January 31. Cash awards, publication, trip to the annual conference in New York. Entry fee: $25. Details HERE.

Note: Info on submissions, competitions, and information/education for poets and writers as well as announcements of reader publications are shared regularly on The Poet by Day, Facebook Page. Friend my personal account to share your announcements. 

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Your donation HERE helps to fund the ongoing mission of The Poet by Day in support of poets and writers, freedom of artistic expression, and human rights.

Link HERE for Free Human Rights eCourse designed and delivered by United For Human Rights, Making Human Rights a Fact


For Peace, Sustainability, Social Justice

The Poet by Day officially endorses Bernie for President.

Link HERE for Bernie’s schedule of events around the country.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Bernie Sanders

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

Wednesday Writing Prompt returns Aug. 7; Meanwhile, Opportunity Knocks with Calls for Submissions, Competitions

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Dirge Without Music, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Of Note: 

Wednesday Writing prompt will return on August 7th. I am taking a few days off now from The Poet by Day to get some other work finished.  Poem on … see you on the 7th if not a bit sooner.

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 100tpc.org

“This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear.

“We acknowledge that there are enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within the traditions and ethnic or national groups, but we believe that ultimately self-preservation, common sense, and human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration and overcome division and disorder.” excerpt from The BeZine Mission Statement


Our Annual 100,000 Poets and Friends for Change Issue

September 2019

Calls for submissions of poems, feature articles, fiction, creative nonfiction, art and photography, music videos, and documentary videos on the themes of peace, sustainability and social justice is open now through September 10, 2019.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY: Note we also are looking for something special to be the header for The Table of Contents Page.

Your original previously published work may be submitted as long as you own the copyright.

NO simultaneous submissions for September please.

Email submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com. Please note in your subject line: For Zine September 2019.

Among the guidelines: our core team, our guest contributors, and our readership are international and diverse. No works that advocate hate or violence, promote misunderstanding, or that demean others are acceptable.

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort. While we do not pay for content, neither do we charge submission or subscription fees.

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Dear 100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizers,

It’s time to sign up to organize 100 Thousand Poets for Change events around the world.

September 28, 2019 is the official global day!

If you are going to organize an event in your city please reply to this post with your city name. Or you can go to 100 Thousand Poets for Change sign up page at https://100tpc.org/sign-up/

Once we hear from you we will sign you up and add you to our promotional materials!

It looks like this year’s 100TPC will be bigger and better than last!! So far nearly 300 events have been confirmed for 2019!

As many of you know, we have added the “Read a Poem To a Child” Initiative to 100TPC options. Last year, this initiative was very successful and over 2000 people signed up to share poetry with children during the week prior to the global day. Also, because of our collaboration with Florida State University Libraries, we were able to offer a free pdf collection of poems for children to support your effort. We have updated that collection and will make it available upon request to those who wish to make use of it.

This year “Read a Poem To a Child” will take place between September 23-28.

Finally, if you are unable to organize an event during the above-listed dates, feel free to set a date that will work best for your community. Let us know when that will be and you will be included in the list of “Read a Poem to a Child” participants.

Thank you for all of your hard work and friendship over the years.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Peace and love,

Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion

Co-founders, 100 Thousand Poets for Change

100tpc.org/Read a Poem to a Child


ASYMPTOTE invites submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama and original English-language nonfiction as well as visual art. No payment. No submission fee. Details HERE.

CLEMENTINE REVIEW publishes “fresh and tangy poems,” – formal, free verse, prose poem, or experimental – and also photographs, essays, and other prose.  No payment. No submission fee. Details HERE.

DRUNK MONKEYS publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Its call for submissions is open and there is a $3 submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

LILY POETRY REVIEW is a new publication and a new press with an open call for poetry and flash fiction. No submission fee. No payment. Submission fee for book manuscripts is $20.  Details HERE.

OUR POETRY ARCHIVE invites anyone who would like to participate in its monthly web issues to send at least three poems attached in a single MS-WORD file and a recent profile picture along with the short BIO, written only in 3rd person narrative to our regular email address: ourpoetryarchive@gmail.com before the 10th of any month. Please note that no .pdf document will be accepted. Further details HERE

PLUM TREE TAVERN original and previously unpublished nature poetry of up to twenty-four lines. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

RUNCIBLE SPOON  has an open call for poetry and prose. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.



  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters* of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress
  • Please do not submit short stories
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum*
  • Further details HERE.

$20 submission fee. $2,800 in prizes/$2,000 first prize. Deadline July 31. (Am posting this in spite of the deadline in case anyone has something ready to go today.)

FRONTIER POETRY “staff will select the top ten submissions, and the winning poem and honorable mentions will be selected by the panel of judges, to be announced in the fall. The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication on Frontier Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will also be recognized.​” Entry fee. No theme. Deadline: September 15. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION will close for entries of poetry by women on August 6th. The competition includes first prizes for best long length poem [no length limit] and best short length poem, as well as 2nd and 3rd prizes and commendations publication in ARTEMISpoetry magazine for all these [or extracts in the case of long poems]. Also readings to prize winners and commended poets. For full details got to Second Light Live HERE.


Recent in digital publications: 
* Five poems, Spirit of Nature, Opa Anthology of Poetry, 2019
* From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems)(July 2019)
* Over His Morning Coffee, Front Porch Review (July 2019)
Upcoming in digital publications:
* The Damask Garden, In a Woman’s Voice (August 2019)

A busy though 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: Levure littéraireRamingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, HerStry, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander CoveI Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta/ Phor(e) /Play, Woven Tale PressThe 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 virtual literary community and publisher of The BeZine of which I am the founding and managing editor. Among others, I’ve been featured on The MethoBlog, on the Plumb Tree’s Wednesday Poet’s Corner, and several times as Second Light Live featured poet.

Email me at thepoetbyday@gmail.com for permissions or commissions.