The BeZine

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
MISSION STATEMENT The BeZine’s mission is to foster proximity and understanding through our shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make—however modest—a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as compassion, hope, friendship, reason and birth. Our focus is on sacred space (common ground) and activism as expressed through the arts. Our work covers four quarterly themes—SustainABILITY, Waging Peace, Social Justice, and Life of the Spirit & Activism—from a range of affirming perspectives expressed respectfully primarily through literature—poetry, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction— and the arts—music, visual art, videos, photography, and reviews.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook and X
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Michael Dickel
Contact Title
Editor / Publisher
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video
Submissions Policy
THE BEZINE THEMES AND READING PERIODS The BeZine is open for submissions only during specific periods. Work that is submitted at dates OTHER THAN during the submission periods will not be read. • Spring Issue Submissions— January 15 – February 15      (note, for 2024 February 1 — March 1) • Summer Issue Submissions— April 15 – May 15 • Fall Issue Submissions— July 15 – August 15 • Winter Issue Submissions— October 15 – November 15 All work must relate to at least one of the six themes of The BeZine: • Growing SustainABILITY • Creating Peace • Building Social Justice Living Activism and Spirit • Best Practices      Please read information at the link in the guidelines      if this is relevant to your work. • BeATTITUDES Work consistent with the ethos of The BeZine will also be considered for The BeATTITUDES section, especially as relates to current events. We are looking for : • Poetry • Fiction • Creative non-fiction • Analysis and opinion • Expository essays • Hybrid • Art We accept previously published work. You must have the copyright, though. Please include prior public information and any relevant link if the publication is online. We want to promote other sites that publish our contributors and will include the link with your work. All details for how to submit your work are at the submission guidelines on our website, where you will also recently published and archives issues to explore (they're all online and free access). Submissions must be by email during submission periods ONLY. Again, details of how to submit are on our site.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Number Of Issues Per Year
Average Page Views Per Month
8,050 based on all-time views
Average Unique Visitors Per Month
1,322 based on all-time views
Publish Print Anthology?
Michael Dickel
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
The founding editor, G. Jamie Dedes, first contacted me for an interview after a collection of my poetry, War Surrounds Us, came out. We made a connection so she asked me to become a regular contributor, then an editor, then to take her place.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Editor- also Poetry editor Assistant Editor- Production Assistant Editor- Prose Assistant Editor- Art Copy Editor
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Optional for us. Be brief, to the point. Give title(s)—if you submit a few pieces, suggest a collective title . Do NOT say that we probably won’t like the submission or that you think it doesn’t really fit. If true, send it elsewhere.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
They are read by editor and assistant editors for acceptance. Those accepted are read for edits and corrections. Members of the team do online layout with art suggested by art editor.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Heart, soul, passion, compassion. We look for creativity and craft, but especially like work that reaches out and touches readers, makes us think, moves us. We are activist and want work related to the themes we focus on (see our guidelines).
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Links to the current issue and the previous four issues are prominent on our home page, as is a link to the full archives. All issues are online and free, so sample them, read one from beginning to end. Familiarize yourself with us.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Most of our submissions are unsolicited. My favorite at the moment is the one who asked if we could use help on our editing team. She will be joining us for 2023 (and beyond, if it works out). We began as a collective effort, and have that energy.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Intelligent readers who care about humanity and the world.