“The BeZine” Call for Submissions; Sundress Publications, Editorial Internship; Reminders

“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach and Other Poems

“THE BeZINE” CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS thebezine.com is open for the upcoming June edition to be published on June 15, deadline June 10. This is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. We are unable to pay contributors but neither do we charge for submissions or subscriptions. The theme is sustainability. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, feature articles, art and photography, and music videos and will consider anything that lends itself to online posting. There are no demographic restrictions. We do not publish work that promotes hatred or advocates for violence. All such will be immediately rejected. We’d like to see work that doesn’t just point to problems but that suggests solutions. We are also interested in initiatives happening in your community – no matter where in the world – that might be easily picked up by other communities. Please forward your submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com No odd formatting. Submit work in the body of your email along with a BRIEF bio. Work submitted via Facebook or message will not be considered for publication. We encourage you to submit work in your first language, but it must be accompanied by translation into English.

SUNDRESS PUBLICATIONS seeks an Editorial Intern. The application deadline is June 1, 2019.


  • THE RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST closes in just two days, May 15. Entry fees. Cash award. Details HERE.
  • THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers flash fiction contest closes on May 31. Entry fees. Cash awards. Details HERE.
  • THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers New Voices call for submissions is open year round and there is no submission fee. Fiction and narrative non-fiction to 7,000 words. Paying market. Details HERE.
  • ELECTRIC LIT call for submissions to The Commuter closes this evening. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions and Competitions

Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, California

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry


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


Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT.

Submissions to The BeZine, June 2019 issue are open. Submissions should be emailed to bardogroup@gmail.com. June 2019 issue, Deadline June 10th. Theme: Sustainability; September 2019 issue, Opens for submission July 1st, Deadline September 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice


CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL publishes upbeat and inspirational stories and poems for themed anthologies. Upcoming are: I can’t stop laughing, deadline July 31, 2019; Stories about Christmas, deadline January 30, 2010; Stories about miracles, June 30, 2019; the forgiveness fix, May 30, 2019; the golden years or second wind, June 30, 2019. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

CONTRARY MAGAZINE publishes poetry, fiction, and lyrical commentary/creative non-fiction. The deadlines: summer, June 1; autumn, September 1, Winter, December 1. No submission fee.Paying market. Details HERE.

GEHENNA & HINNOM MAGAZINE 2019 has an open call for submissions of fiction and poetry that fit the themes of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror. No submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

HELIOS MAGAZINE is a horror, science fiction, and fantasy quarterly that accepts unsolicited manuscripts from June 1 – 30 and publishes poetry, fiction, reprints, and translations.  No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE LIFTED BROW is accepting translations for their Digital Intimacies issue. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE OFFING MAGAZINE publishes essays, fiction (including excerpts from novels and short story collections), poetry, and cross genre. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

SLANT MAGAZINE invites submissions on new films, music, TV, DVD/Blu-ray, video game, book and theater writers for reviews, interviews, lists, retrospectives, and festival coverage. Details HERE.

THEMA, many plots / one premise, publishes short stories, essays, poems, photographs and art related to specified premises: The Clumsy Gardener [July 1, 2019]; What a Strange Question! [November 1, 2019]; Not of this World [March 1, 2020.  No submission fee. Paying Market. Details HERE.

WOODS READER publishes focuses on woodland areas and publishes articles, poems, photographs and illustrations. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE WRITER publishes articles (300-3,000 words) in support of aspiring and pro writers. Send query letter. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST publishes articles in support of aspiring and pro writers. The editors will consider pitches and manuscripts on spect. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.


WRITER’S DIGEST 88TH WRITING COMPETITIONS are open for entries. Entry fee. Cash and other awards. Categories: Annual Writing Competition, June 3 deadline; Self-published Book Awards, May 31; Popular Fiction, October 14; Poetry Award, November 1; Short Story, January 14, 2010.




“It’s entirely conceivable that life’s splendor surrounds us all, and always in its complete fullness, accessible but veiled, beneath the surface, invisible, far away. But there it lies, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If we call it by the right word, by the right name, then it comes. This is the essence of magic, which doesn’t create but calls.” Franz Kafka, from his diaries


Public domain illustration


  • Last chance to submit to the much-loved Glimmer Train (fiction): Editors Susan and Linda are accepting submissions through May 15, 2019 for the final issue to be published in October 2019..  For standard submissions: $2 processing fee. This is a paying market.  The last contest is the Family Matters Contest, which closes on January 2. The contest entry fee is $18. Cash award.  Details HERE.
  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt will return on January 16, 2019.
  • Sunday Announcements: Calls for Submissions, Contests, and Other Information and News will return on January 13, 2019
  • What would you find pleasant or helpful on The Poet by Day in 2019?  What have you found helpful to date? Link HERE to let me know.

May peace prevail.






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

THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other News & Information

PBD - blogroll


Opportunity Knocks

ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE (Writers’ Trust of Canada), $25,000 Winner, $2,500 Finalists for novel or short-story collection published in Canada between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Multiple deadlines. Details HERE

CAVE CANEM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESS POETRY PRIZE is a second-book award for Black poets of African descent, offered every other year. 2016 Competition Guidelines are HERE. Deadline April 15, 2015

OMNIDAWN PUBLISHING hosts three poetry contests: Poetry Chapbook Contest, First/Second Book Poetry Contest, and Ominidawn Open Poetry Book Contest as well as a Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest.  The first deadline is April 18.  Details HERE

TRIO HOUSE PRESS offers two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. Reading period ends April 30.  Details HERE


SECOND LIGHT LIVE SPRING FESTIVAL Discoveries & Recoveries, 20 & 21 May 2016 at the Art Workers Guild, London. Details HERE.


KIBATEK (The Turkish Literary Foundation established in 1998 in Turkey) plans its 40th Literary Festival this year in Dubai, from 1st till 4th June 2016. This Global Poetry Festival will be organized by a Dubai based event company called: Zing-Events, with Zainab Malik as President and Aydin Momtaz as Vice President of this event company. (The artwork for the poster displayed below is by Aprilia Zank.) Details HERE



Opportunity Knocks

RATTLE,  a publication of the Rattle Foundation, is committed to the promotion of poetry and encouragement of poets, including youth poets.  Submission guidelines are HERE

Rattle (founded 1994) is an American poetry magazine, based in Los Angeles, California.

Established writers, including Philip Levine, Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Gregory Orr, Patricia Smith, Anis Mojgani, have appeared in Rattle, although the magazine also prides itself on its publication of new and emerging poets.

Poems from the magazine have been reprinted in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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“Rattle is pretty simple: We love poetry and feel that it’s something everyone can enjoy. We look for poems that are accessible, that have heart, that have something to say.” Rattle website


LIST OF 50 POETRY FORMS by Writer’s Digest Senior Content Editor, Robert Lee Brewer HERE

ORIGINS OF AMPERSAND from New Yorker Magazine

JIM HARRISON, poet, novelist and essayist died on March 26th. He is featured on The Poet by Day HERE and HERE is the link to his Paris Review Interview on fiction.


  • W/RITES & RHAPSODIES: Israel Writing Tour July 3 – 18 – Registration Deadline: 15 April 2016 Link HERE
  • LITERARY PUB OR PERISH Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock AR, Details HERE
  • Download a free copy of The Woven Tale Press Selected Works HERE
  • The April 15th issue of The BeZine will celebrate poetry month. Contributing Editor, Michael Dickel, is the lead for this issue.


Submit your event, book launch and other announcements at least fourteen days in advance to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. Publication is subject to editorial discretion.


“In The Poet by Day Jamie Dedes introduces and celebrates the work of contemporary poets, well and little known, especially women, from many different cultures. She also features poets and writers from the recent or more distant past, sometimes to fit in with particular themes. Her style is informal which makes this blogzine very accessible. It highlights poetry’s connection with peace, sustainability and other global issues and includes thoughtful reviews with examples of poets’ work. It also offers advice about writing poetry and information about poetry events and outlets.” Award winning British poet and consultant to Second Light Network of Women Poets, Myra Schneider

“Here be inspiration”

“There are blogs and there are blogs. There is writing; there is poetry; there is art; there is human endeavour and there is ‘The Poet by Day’. Rarely, if ever, have I come across a web log like this, of such towering integrity. Seldom have I encountered such a willingness to subjugate self for the benefit not only of the art of the written word, but also for the benefit of poets and writers everywhere. Here be a deep well of inspiration.

“This is enhanced, in a major way, by her own invention, a blog called ‘Into The Bardo’ (now a collaborative blog, ‘The BeZine’), which represents the noblest of goals, an aspiration to connect all life on Earth spiritually; to unite the World in one grand scheme, which, if it achieves nothing, fills us with hope.” British poet, witer and musician, John Anstie