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.

2023 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 2023: Scars

Sometimes, life hurts. Some wounds heal, others stay with you forever. Show us your scars. The deeper, the better.

Submissions CLOSED – Released 1/31/2023

April 2023: Roots

Family is one of the most important things in life. Your roots, no matter how well fed, are what make you who you are. Bare your roots. Let your branches flourish.

Submissions CLOSED – Released 4/31/2023

July 2023: Passions

What gets you up in the morning? What sends your mind into a tizzy? Where is your heat on cold days? 

Submissions CLOSED – Released 7/31/2023

October 2023: Labors

All work and no play… well, you know the rest. Let us share in your daily toils. Let us take some of that burden.

Submissions CLOSED – Releases 10/30/2023

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 CLOSED – Release TBD

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

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 CLOSED – Releases 11/24/2023



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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