Literature & Art


Submissions for Mom Egg Review Vol. 15 

Submissions open 5/15/16. 

Mom Egg Review seeks your best poetry, fiction, and creative prose for the 15th annual print issue. We publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. This is an un-themed issue.  Below are specifics for submitting in each genre.  

The submissions period is May 15, 2016 to August 15, 2016.  We will respond by January 1, 2017.  

Please note: Some guidelines have changed this year. Please read all guidelines before submitting

General guidelines 

Please read our website and journal to get an idea of the kind of work we publish before submitting. You can get a PDF copy of our last issue, MER 14 "Change," for only $5, or a print copy for $15 plus shipping, at this link:

We use the Submittable platform for online submissions, and do not accept paper or email submissions. There is a $3 fee for each poetry submission (of up to 4 poems), or prose, fiction, or cross-genre submission (up to 850 words). Or, you can submit and subscribe for a special price of $14. When in Submittable, select the option you prefer.  No fee is required for art, video, or book review submissions.

Submit work that has not been published previously online or in print. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know promptly if your submission is accepted elsewhere, by withdrawing prose or fiction in the Submittable portal or by using your account to add a note to your poetry submission telling us which titles are no longer available for consideration. Submissions will be considered for the print issue and for our VOX MOM feature on our website (unless you specify that you are only submitting for the print issue).


Cover Letter

Please include in the letter: 
• the title(s) of all works you are submitting (if you are submitting poems or flash fiction, please list each title in your cover letter).
• a brief  (50-75 word) bio in third person.
• where you learned of the call for submissions


Your Submission

All genres:  Please title your file Last Name, First Name, Genre (eg. Stein, Gertrude, Poetry.docx).   Do not put your name anywhere on the document itself. Submit your work in one document (prefer .doc, docx, .txt, or .rtf, but if your work has unusual spacing, you may submit in pdf. form).

Poetry: Please submit up to 4 poems in a single word or text document of no more than 10 pages with the file name Last name, First name, Genre.  Do not put your name on the pages themselves. Please number your pages and start each poem on a separate page.  Please single space (unless spacing is part of the poem).

Creative Prose, Fiction, Cross-genre: Please submit one piece of 850 words or fewer, or several short-short pieces that total fewer than 850 words in all, in a single word or text document with the file name Last name, First name, Genre.  Please double space, number your pages, and put title of the submission (but not your name) on top of each page. 

Contact:  (Please be sure to add this address to your email program so that you can receive correspondence from us). We will add all submitters to our mailing list (we send a bimonthly newsletter) but you may unsubscribe if you wish.



Other submissions

Scholarship Submission
Through the generosity of a donor, we have a limited number of submissions scholarships available. If the submissions fee is a hardship, you may email us at MERSubmissions with your cover letter and bio. 

Current Subscriber Submissions

If you have a one- or two-year subscription to MER commencing in 2017, you may submit complimentarily.  Please email MERSubmissions@gmail for your link.

Visual Art
Please submit up to four works of art (drawings, paintings, photos, etc.) that relate to mothers or motherhood, in a .jpg file at 300 dpi.  (MER cover is color; interior art is black and white.  If your art is selected, we will request a larger file. 

Video (for website)
3 min. max. Please send link only.

Book Reviews (for website)
We publish reviews of books of poetry, creative prose, and fiction, published within the past year and written by mother writers or dealing with motherhood or women’s issues.  Please review our Book Review Guidelines before submitting. If you have questions please contact Book Review Editor Bunny Goodjohn at


Terms of publication:

You represent that you own the rights to the piece, and allow us to publish it.   Mom Egg Review acquires first-time publication rights to the piece. We also reserve the right to republish it in a future electronic and/or print collections. Back issues are archived indefinitely. Rights return to the authors after publication; after the contributions have appeared in Mom Egg Review, the authors may republish their pieces in any manner they wish as long as they acknowledge prior publication in Mom Egg Review. We are a volunteer organization, and are unable to pay for pieces at this time.  A complimentary PDF contributor copy of the complete issue will be emailed to you prior to the launch date. You will also have the opportunity to purchase hard copies at reduced contributor rates if you wish.    


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Submitters’ Specials

Get a PDF copy

of MER 14 Change, $5

Get a print copy of

MER 14 Change, $15

(plus shipping).

To Submit

to MER Vol 15

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