Contests, Calls, and Poetry Humor

“Writers can write whatever they want, but after THE END, when they self publish their book, they become accountable to readers for the quality of the book they’re selling.” Eeva Lancaster, Being Indie: A No Holds Barred, Self Publishing Guide for Indie Authors

PROLETARIAis a journal dedicated to the art of literary one-liners. Taking the form of the monostich, monoku/ one-line haiku or anecdotal statements. These single line or single sentence verses are inspired by politics, philosophy and the phenomena of all worldly and natural events happening around us.” Submissions are open year round “24/7” and you are invited to submit 3-5 unpublished poems or statements. Details HERE.  Thanks to Anjum Wasim Dar (Poetic Oceans) for sharing this site with us and congratulations to her. She submitted five pieces. Three were accepted by proletaria. They’ll be up for your reading pleasure on July 11, 2019.

WINNING WRITERS tells us: “The North Street Book Prize, now in its fifth year from Winning Writers, will award $10,500 in cash prizes to today’s best self-published books. Top prize: $3,000. Deadline: June 30. Entry fee: $60 per book. Six categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, and Graphic Narrative (new). Enter books published in English in any year. No restriction on country of author. Entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE.


  1. THE WRITER Best in Show: 2019 Spring Short Story Contest is open through May 31. Entry fee. Cash award. Details HERE
  2. THE 15TH ANNUAL VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST is open with five categories. No entry  fee. Cash award. Deadline: July 20, 2019. Details HERE.

I don’t know who to credit for this. It was posted in Literary Jokes and Puns on FB. Priceless! 🙂

This response from Resident Skeptic, James R. Cowles, a member of The Bezine core team whose work is sometimes published in the Zine, on The Poet by Day, and weekly at Beguine Again.  “Know the signs … have you found Norton anthologies hidden under your child’s mattress? Does s/he quote, e.g., T. S. Eliot or Baudelaire or Dante or Emily Dickinson or A. R. Ammons in unguarded moments? Has s/he spontaneously evinced a desire to take poetry classes in college that are strictly elective? BEWARE!!!! THESE ARE DANGER SIGNALS!!!!”

Courtesy of Andrews McMeel Syndication 

Booklovers not-so-trivial trivia shared with us by university librarian, writer and artist, and member of The Bardo Group Beguines core team, Corina Ravenscraft (Dragon’s Dreams). It certainly a fun and new-to-me-and-maybe-you-too word:

Bibliosmia (noun)


It sounds like something catching and maybe it is. It refers to the scent of a good book, to its effect on us when we breath. It’s one of the things we miss when we read off our devices.  Corina says it hasn’t made it into the Oxford English Dictionary and thus it is probably considered slang at this point. Or perhaps a neologism.

The appeal of the scent of books appears to be a combination of chemistry, nostalgia, and a reminder of “all good things.”  Details HERE.



“No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.” Ishmael Reed, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

Trade and professional publications for writers offer writing how-to features along with info on new directions in publishing and on the business side of writing; for example, how to submit work, how to target the right publications, how to organize your work and plan your day, and how and when to write query letters.

The Writer,  Writer’s Digest and Poets & Writers are perhaps the most well-known and credible. The Writer and Writer’s Digest provide writing tips. All three publish relevant news about writers and their books, updated market lists, and the information on the latest trends in our field. Which magazine/s will work for you? That would depend on your taste, goals, and experience.

Publisher’s Weekly is expensive ($249 a year) magazine but it is available at many local libraries in the U.S.  It’s a trade magazine for publishers, librarians, booksellers, and literary agents.  Its emphasis is on book reviews but it also provides a range of news-worthy features addressing self-publishing, trends in sales and technology, and other germane topics. Its content often includes tips from well-known writers. Publisher’s Weekly can certainly be useful but again: you might do best to just peruse it at the library.

Other magazines include:

I’ve provided the links to Amazon Magazine Subscriptions. Remember that those are automatically renewed.

This is by no means a comprehensive list but it’s more than enough to get you started on the path to finding the resources that will work best for you.

The magazine covers below give you a good sense of what you can expect from these publications.

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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