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

“Poetry is an act of peace.” Pablo Neruda


Opportunity Knocks

AFTER HAPPY HOUR was founded in 2013 and is curated by The Hour After Happy Hour Writing Workshop. Publication is online and issues include poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Details HERE.

ARTEMISpoetry, the bi-annual journal (May and November) of the Second Light Network, published under their Second Light Publications imprint, has an open call for submissions for the November 2018 issue for poems by women of any age. Poems should be typed or, if written, then very neatly. Each poem should commence on a new page, headed “Submission for ARTEMISpoetry”. Please send two copies. Do include your name with each poem and include your name and full contact details in your submission. Long poems are considered. Submit up to four poems to a maximum of 200 lines in all. DEADLINES: Poetry by 31st August 2018, know by 31st October 2018; Artwork by 14th September 2018, know by 31st October 2018; Members’ News & Readers’ Letters by 14th September 2018. Further details HERE.

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL‘s reading period runs from July 1 through November 30. Reading fee. Details HERE.

THE COSSACK REVIEW “accepts electronic submissions of new work all year. We respond within 60 days, usually much sooner. Work submitted will be considered for upcoming print and online issues.”  The review includes fiction, nonfiction, translation and poetry (3-6 poems in a single submission.) Details HERE.

PERSEPHONE’S DAUGHTERS is a literary magazine dedicated to empowering women who have experienced abuse and degradation. The magazine is published quarterly online and includes poems and blackout poetry, prose, essays, and artwork. Details HERE. Submissions for Issue 5 are open through May 25th.  

THE SOUTHHAMPTON REVIEW a publication of Stony Brook Southhampton (graduate arts campus, MFA program in New York), is open for reading from August 15 – October 15. This publication features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, plays and screenplays, and art (fine art, photography, cartoons, illustration). Submission fee. Details HERE.

3 ELEMENTS REVIEW is an online zine publishing poetry, fiction and nonfiction quarterly.  The current submission period is themed: Bus Stop, Stained Glass, Canopy. Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2018, for the fall issue, #20. Submission guidelines HERE.  

TRANSMUNDANE PRESS publishes both ebook and print. “At a minimum, books should be 35,000 words in length, although we prefer 60-80,000 words; however, longer works are also considered. Do note that shorter works are considered for anthologies and works less than 50,000 words will be published in e-book format only.” Further detail HERE.

WILDNESS REVIEW “is an online literary journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers.” This review works on a rolling submissions basis. Poetry (under 80 lines) and prose (under 2,500 words).  Details HERE.

WORDRUNNER eCHAPBOOKs include fiction, memoir and poetry (no long poems). Details HERE.

The BeZine

Call for submission for the September issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the September issue – themed Sustainability – close on August 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

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 September 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. 

  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

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

  • Crosswinds Annual Poetry Contest opens on July 1, 2018 and ends on December 31. Submission fee with 10% going to a community food bank. Cash Award. The Poet Laureat of Rhode Island, Tina Cane, will judge. Details HERE.


  • The 16th Annual Photo Contest is open through November 30, 2018. Details HERE.
  • The 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is open through May 31, 2018. Details HERE.


  • Hélène Cardona for her recording of her poem Embers from Life in Suspension included in the CD Gargoyle, Richard Wilber
  • The fine-spirited social justice poet, Reuben Woolley (I Am Not a Silent Poet), who was a poet runner-up for the Saboteur Award 2018.
  • Belle Kenyon who was also a poet runner-up for the Saboteur Award 2018 for her mental health poetry, Please Hear What I Am Not Saying.
  • And to all the winners of the Saboteur Awards 2018:

    Best Anthology: #MeToo: A Women’s Poetry Anthology; Best Collaborative Work: Inheritance by Ruth Stacey and Katy Wareham Morris; Best Reviewer: Jade Cuttle; Most Innovative Publisher: 404 Ink; Best Spoken Word Show: This is Not a Safe Space by Jackie Hagan; Best Regular Spoken Word Night: Verbose (Manchester); Best Poetry Pamphlet: Rice & Rain by Romalyn Ante; Best Novella: How to Make a Window Snake by Charmaine Wilkerson; Best Wildcard: Yours Faithfully, Edna Wellthorpe; Best Magazine: Into the Void; Best Short Story Collection: Hings by Chris McQueer; Best Spoken Word Performer: Shruti Chauhan



#ME TOO, A Women’s Poetry Anthology 

Kudos to all the brave-hearted poets featured in this collection and to Deborah Alma, Emergency Poet. Deborah conceived the idea of collecting “#METOO” poems and she is the editor of the anthology. Sheila Jacob – often a contributor to The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt – is one of the poets featured in this collection. Deborah has written the intro to the subsection on abuse for the upcoming June 15th issue of “The BeZine,” where you will also read samples of poems from the book and learn about how this collection came to be.


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) 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. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.
  • 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.

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.