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

“The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.” James Gates Percival (1995-1856), American poet, surgeon, geologist.


Opportunity Knocks

BOULEVARD MAGAZINE publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry and will begin its reading period on October 1st. $3 submission fee. Payment. Details HERE.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, CENTER FOR LITERARY PUBLISHING considers fiction, nonfiction and poetry from May 1 – July 31. Paying market. Details HERE.

CONFRONTATION MAGAZINE publishes stories, nonfiction and poetry. The next reading period begins on August 15th. Payment. Details HERE.

CONNOTATION PRESS accepts submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, play writing, screenplay, interview, book review, music review, video (for spoken word or music or…), etc. Basically, we′re looking at virtually every genre or crossover genre you can create.” No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

FIELD: CONTEMPORARY POETRY AND POETICS is published by Oberlin College Press twice a year, spring and fall issues since 1969. Reading will begin in August. Modest payment. Details HERE.

FOUR TIES LIT REVIEW is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, graphic storytelling and book reviews through June 1st. This is for the seventh volume. Tip jar. Critique option. Details HERE.

HERSTORIES PROJECT is interested in opinion pieces, informational articles and first-person essays from Gen-X women in midlife. Payment: $80. Details HEREThis publisher also seeks theme-based stories for its newsletter and hosts The HerStory Personal Essay Challenge.

HUNGRY HILL WRITING publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

LITMAG publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry and is open for submissions: fiction through July 31st; poetry through June 30th, Nonfiction through July 31st; LitMag Online through July 31st. $3 submission fee. Free submissions for fiction, nonfiction and poetry from June 1-15. Paying market. Details HERE.

TERRAIN.ORG, a Journal of the Built + Natural Environments is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, art and videos through May 31st. Details HERE.

TIN HOUSE will begin accepting submission of fiction, nonfiction and poetry in September for its summer 2019 issue. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

The BeZine

Call for submission for the June issue.

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

New rules: 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 June 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 GuidelinesWe DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples. 

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

Deadline for the June issue is extend to May 20th.

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

MAGMA POETRY will announce the details for its pamphlet competition soon. Watch the site for information.

TARTS FICTION AWARD of Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama yearly deadline is December 31st. The entry fee is $20. Standard royality contract. Details HERE.

TERRAIN.ORG, 9th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction is accepting submissions through September 3. $15 submission fee. Cash award: $500 to first place. Publication for first place winner and finalists. Jane Hirschfeld is the poetry judge. Details HERE.

WRITERS DIGEST 87TH ANNUAL COMPETITIONS closes on May 4th. The categories are: Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious); Memoirs/Personal Essay; Magazine Feature Article; Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.; Mainstream/Literary Short Story; Rhyming Poetry; Non-rhyming Poetry; Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Scrip; Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. Submission fees. Cash awards. Details HERE.


  • HUNGRY HILL WRITING Poetry Fridays (Ireland) are open to all, on the last Friday of each month at whiteRoom in Castletownbere from 8pm for informal readings ( your own poems or poems by other people ), discussion, or just listening. Details HERE.

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.


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


Opportunities Knock

THE PEEKING CAT publishes a magazine and annual anthology and offers editorial services. They are always open for submissions to the magazine but the deadline date for the 2017 anthology is August 31.  Appropriate material for consideration: poetry (all forms), nonfiction (up to 1,000 words), artwork and photography. A broad range of subjects are well despite the “cat” in the title. Detailed submissions guidelines are HERENo demographic restrictions.

THE BeZINE submissions for the May 2017 issues (theme: Honesty and Transparency, the Post-truth Era) should be in by May 10th latest.  Publication date is May 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.

HERMENEUTIC CHAOS LITERARY JOURNAL is published six times a year. “We welcome submissions by authors from diverse backgrounds and literary preferences. We admire all forms of experimental, hybrid and avant-garde literature, collaborative writings, visual and graphic outpourings – anything that literature is capable of. Our primary interest lies in works which inspire an active cathartic response, and not a sentimental passivity. To achieve this end, we seek poetry and prose where imagination, symbolism, metaphors, lexical ingenuity and a strong imagery guide reality to examine the creative chaos beyond its straitjacket cliff.” This journal is interested in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERENo demographic restrictions.

APOGEE JOURNAL features literature and art “that engages with identity politics, incuding but not limited to: race, gender, asexuality, class, ability and intersectional identity.” The journal is published in print biannually and welcomes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Details HERENo demographic restrictions.

UP THE STAIRCASE QUARTERLY is an online lit publication featuring poetry, art, interviews and reviews. The deadline for the summer issue (themed AudioVisual) is June 15th. Details HERENo demographic restrictions.

PERMAFROST MAGAZINE, a publication of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks is “Located at 64° 50′ N (198 miles from the Arctic Circle), Permafrost Magazine is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts. We’re proud of Permafrost’s thirty-five years as interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine . . .  Permafrost seeks original voices from all over the world.” The reading period for the print edition is May 1 – November 30. There is a $3 submission fee. Fiction, poetry, hybrid and artwork are welcome. Details HEREThis publication sponsors contests. All are closed now but watch for upcoming.


  • 2040AWARDS PROGRAM is open to minorities – “ethnic authors or those from an ethnic background over the age of 18” – and entries of translations and from the International Community are welcome as well. 2040 is seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, collections, essays.  The grand prize is $1,000. The runner-up award is $500.  There is a $25 reading fee. Details HERE. Deadline is July 7.
  • ELEANOR TAYLOR BLAND CRIME FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR AWARD for 2017 is accepting application through June 15, 2017 this annual awards $1,500 or the winner. Details HERE.
  • WUNDOR POETRY CONTEST, an inaugural contest, is themed “Spring” and the deadline is 31 May 2017. There are entrance fees.  There is no indication of a financial award but there is pubication for the winner.  Details HERE.
  • THE SECOND ANNUAL LOUISE MERIWETHER FIRST BOOK PRIZE is now through July 31 for works by women or nonbinary author of color. The award is $5,000 and publication by Feminist Press. Details HERE.


  • WRITING RESISTANCE: INVESTIGATING/SUBVERTING FORM & NARRATIVE, A Writing Worksop Series of Apogee Journal with the NY Writers Coalition and funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council. “Apogee editors and contributors will lead nine craft based writing and editing workshops. True to our mission of creating accessible and socially engaged programming, this workshop will be affordable, inclusive, and attentive to the ways identity informs reading and writing practices.” The cost is $25 per class. The series started in April.  Remaining classes are: Flash Fiction with Robert Lopez (May 17); What Song Told Me with Stacy Parker Le Melle (May 20); Radicalizing the Personal Essay or Narrative Poem with Lorde and Baldwin at the Helm with JP Howard (May 20).  Workshops are in Brooklyn, NY. Details HERE.
  • SISTERS IN CRIME is a thirty-year-old professional association founded “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. Today the Triangle area (North Carolina) hosts a thirty-year celebration – an Ice Cream Social – for writers, publishers an readers at Page-Walker House, Cary, North Carolina.  Admission is free; tickets for ice cream are $7 for Adults, $5 Ages 4 – 12; children 3 and under are free. Details are HERE at Triangle area chapter’s site.
  • SISTERS IN CRIME list of conferences, events and trade shows scheduled around the country is HERE.
  • EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (open-air cinema) Edinburgh International Film Festival’s hugely popular open-air cinema runs through June 16-June 18 at St. Andrew Square Garden. Details HERE..


The recommended read: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Left, right or center – American or not – it’s a must read.

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


Opportunity Knocks

PRAIRIE SCHOONER, published in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press and the Creative  University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department, is open or submission through May 1. The magazine publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays, reviews and creative nonfiction.  Details HERE.

PROFANE JOURNAL holds submission readings through July 31 for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. Details HERE.

BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION accepts submissions of 1,000 words or less. The publisher says, “Brilliant Flash Fiction is all about having fun. I’m looking for stories that are fun to read, and that are maybe even amazing. I think the best stories reveal
how much the author enjoyed writing them.” This publication also regularly sponsors contests, although there is nothing running now, keep an eye on the site if this interests you.  Details HERE.

BAOBAB PRESS seeks submissions of fiction from 3,000 – 5,000 words from emerging and established writers exploring the American West. Payment is copy and $100.  Deadline is March 31. Details HERE.

temenos, light up the unconscious is open for submissions poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art and photography through April 17. There is a reading fee of $4. Details HERE.

THE WRITER (Back in the late ’60s and early 70s, I cut my teeth on this venerable old magazine that was founded in 1887. I recommend it for reading as well as submissions.)) The “editors are interested in query letters on concrete topics written by emerging and experienced writers in all genres. We are looking for clear takeaway for our readers: What can they learn to improve their writing or advance their careers? What how-to tips and strategies will accomplish this?”  Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

PLOUGHSHARES EMERGING WRITERS CONTEST at Emerson University is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000. Read past winners of the contest here. Natalie Diaz is the poetry judge. You have to register to long in to the submission page. There is a $24 reading charge. The contest closes May 15, 2017 at noon EST. Details HERE.

PRAIRIES SCHOONER from May 1 through August 1, the publication hosts an annual Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest for work up to 5,000 words. There is an entry fee. Details HERE.

PROFANE JOURNAL 2017 submission for nonfiction and fiction prize competitions is open through July 31.  Details HERE.

FAN STORY – “The theme for this poetry contest is “faith”. We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn’t matter if it’s spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.”  Deadline: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Details HEREI didn’t register for this site but suspect there is a reading fee and/or submission fee and the business model is all about contests. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.


MAN OF PEACE: The Illustrated Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Graphic Novel Book Launch with Robert Thurman, Wednesday, March 15 at 6 AM – 7 PM EDT @ Tibet House US
22 W 15th St, New York, New York 10011 Ticketed event. Details HERE.

A POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on April 27 is sponsored by the, the American Academy of Poets.  Details HERE.

A POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on April 27, League of Canadian Poets. Details HERE.



  • to Peter O’Neil on the publication of More Micks Than Dicks, a Hybrid Breckttian Novella in 3 Parts, more detail to come
  • to Michael Dickel on the publication of Palm Reading After Toads Garden available through Indie Press HERE
  • to Aprilia Zank for the publication of her masters thesis, The Word in the Word (linguistics), in book form; and, for sampler of Aprilia’s poetry read Three by the Mighty Aprilia Zank
  • to Sharon Gariepy Frye on the publication of Blue Lamentation and other noisy scrawls available through Cold River Press HERE and an interview and samples poems are included in Celebrating American She-Poets (12): Last Chance for Rain


The recommended read for this week for children, Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by the children’s poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky,  named the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Pizza, Pigs and Poetry, How to Write a Poem is ideal for children grades 3-6.  He engages by sharing funny stories, light poems and creative technique, not forms. This seems entirely perfect for encouraging – not discouraging – this age group. Fun and funny Pizza, Pigs and Poetry would make great summer reading – and writing – and is perfect for a birthday gift or a gift for some other occasion.

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SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and other News and Information



Opportunities Knock

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.”  It has a rolling deadline. The review includes fiction, nonfiction, translation and poetry (3-6 poems in a single submission.) Details HERE.

BOABAB PRESS, Where good books grow “constantly strives to discover, cultivate, and nurture authors working in all genres. If you have a manuscript that you believe would be a good fit for our catalog, we want to hear from you.” Details 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) and will be considered for the spring 2017 echapbook anthology by multiple authors. Pub date:  March 2017. The anthology theme is “breaking barriers or pushing against boundaries.:   Submissions December 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE WARE OPEN POETRY COMPETITION (UK) is accepting submissions for its anthology. Deadline is 30 April 2017. The judge is Hannah Lowe. There is an entry fee. Details HERE.

THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE is awarded each year to a full-length collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author’s copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually September 1 – January 1. The New American Fiction Prize is awarded each year to a full-length collection of fiction. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author’s copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually February 15 – June 15.” Details HERE.

THE COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY (Colorado State University/Colorado Review) “is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.”  Details HERE

THE FRENCH-AMERICAN 30th ANNUAL TRANSLATION PRIZE Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2017, 12:00 PM EST Details HERE. The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are accepting submissions for the 30th Annual Translation Prize. The Foundations will present a $10,000 monetary award for the best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction.


  • Actor Kirk Douglas on his 100th birthday. (I just have to acknowledge that. Can’t even imagine what it’s like to look back at 100 years. Culture shock?)
  • Bulgarian poet, photographer and renaissance woman, Blaga Todorova, on her birthday. And “no”, the party’s not over yet.
  • Woven Tale Press on three years of publication. Appreciate their acknowledgement of activist poets including The Poet by Day.
  • To all the protesters who braved weather and government over the Dakota Pipeline. Bravo! and Love! xo
  • Time Magazine for its subversive political art (Trump “Person of the Year” cover) – details HERE.
  • American-Isreali poet Michael Dickel for his participation this past week in Poetry Now, A Symposium on the Research and Writing of Poetry at Tel Aviv University.
  • 15442360_10157859335005006_4350545347353523027_nAmpat Koshy on the pending publication of his fourteenth book, Scream and Other Urban Legends. 


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POETRY NOW is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and creative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem. Produced in partnership by the Poetry Foundation and WFMT. Link HERE.


I’ll tell you how the Sun rose —
A Ribbon at a time —
The Steeples swam in Amethyst —
The news, like Squirrels, ran —
The Hills untied their Bonnets —
The Bobolinks — begun —
Then I said softly to myself —
“That must have been the Sun”!
But how he set — I know not —
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while —
Till when they reached the other side,
A Dominie in Gray —
Put gently up the evening Bars —
And led the flock away —

– Emily Dickinson


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