Of Rust and Glass Submissions

Submit to coordinator@ofrustandglass.com

Of Rust and Glass is open year round for general submission and specific blocks of time for the themed releases. We accept all sorts of creative material from folks with their roots in the Midwestern United States including but not limited to the following:



We are looking for your best writing. Is there an assignment you are exceptionally proud of? A short musing you have not known what to do with until now but love? Send it our way. I bet we will love it, too.



To supplement the zine’s written pieces, we accept original artwork to feature in each addition and to grace the cover of each issue. Art is subjective and we will never stifle an artist’s creativity, but please be aware all age groups are represented within  our wonderful community.



While audio and video pieces are difficult to incorporate in e-zine format, we feature them on the website and always strive to include a “From the Airwaves” chapter in our semi-annual magazine releases.

2022 Themes and Submission Periods

Of Rust and Glass is running seasonally based quarterlies for 2022. Show us artwork, photography, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that tells your story about what it’s like living in the Midwest as Earth rotates and the seasons change. While the entire piece doesn’t need to be blatantly “seasoned,” the time of year should be present. The line-up is as follows:

January 2022: Winter

Snow is falling, tires are sliding, there’s a nip on the air, and a blanket of silence. What do the short, cold days mean to you? 

*Submissions Closed* Released 1/15/2022

April 2022: Spring

Spring is a time of rebirth, of flowers and bees, of rain and gentle breezes. Tell us your story of rebirth. Let your creativity blossom.

*Submissions Closed* Released 4/15/2022

July 2022: Summer

The sun sizzles on the pavement. School is out, and pools are open. Show us how you cool off, how you make the  most of the long days.

*Submissions Closed* Released 7/15/2022

October 2022: Fall

A slow shifting of colors: a kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, yellows, and browns. Fall is upon us once again.

Submissions open through 9/15/2022

Additional Submission Opportunities

LGBTQIA Fiction Anthology – Of Rust and Glass Pride

We are accepting poetry, short fiction (up to 10,000 words), nonfiction, artwork, and photography. This is a royalty sharing project for anyone who considers themselves a member of the Midwest LGBTQIA community. These are your stories, the stories that make you of rust and glass.

Submissions open through 8/31/2022

Literary Fiction Anthology – Made of Rust and Glass, Volume 2

Same general guidelines as the LGBTQIA Fiction Anthology, but this one is for the literary masterpieces. Tell us your Midwest experience, whether it is a real or imagined one. Add your unique voice to our ongoing love letter to the region’s thriving arts and literature scene.

*Submissions Closed* Release date TBA



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