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 and print formats, send us your inquiries about how we strive to support local and regional audio-visual artists.

2024 Themes and Submission Periods

Of Rust and Glass is running “life stages” themed quarterlies for 2024. Show us artwork, photography, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that tells your story about what it’s like living in the Midwest as you change through time. As always, our single-worded themes are open for your artistic creativity, and we are looking forward to whatever concepts you send our way.

January 2024: Awakenings

For most of history, we don’t exist. Then, one day, we open our eyes and a whole big world of endless possibility awakens to us.

Submissions Close 12/30/2023 – Releases 1/31/2024

April 2024: Passages

Rites of passage are a long-standing theme in fiction. What did these look like for you, in the Midwest? What stands out as your passage into each new stage of life?

Submissions Close 3/15/2024 – Releases 4/30/20234

July 2024: Sacrifices

As we grow up, we sacrifice: Our time, our bodies, our passions. We do it for good reasons, of course, but we still leave part of ourselves behind in the process.

Submissions Close 6/15/2024 – Releases 7/31/2024

October 2024: Discoveries

For a rare few, the purpose of life is clear early on. But for most of us, we have to work to discover what’s important, what’s right versus wrong, what’s possible.

Submissions Close 9/15/2024 – Releases 10/30/2024

Additional Submission Opportunities

Speculative Fiction/Poetry – Dream of Rust and Glass, Volume II

We are accepting poetry, short fiction (up to 10,000 words), nonfiction, artwork, and photography. This is a royalty sharing project for anyone who wishes to delve into the (im)possible. Show us new words, wonderful technologies, new spins on old myths. If you put a Midwestern twist on it, all the better.

Submissions Re-Opened – Close 5/15/2024

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

Same general guidelines as the Speculative 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 Close 9/15/2024 – Release Date TBD



For a more personal look at what Of Rust and Glass looks for in submissions, take a look at this “Six Questions For . . .” blog post by Jim Harrington:

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