Calls for Submissions – Mom Egg Review and MER VOX


Submit to Mom Egg Review Volume 19!


Mom Egg Review is opening May 1, 2020 for literary submissions on motherhood for our annual print issue and for an online folio. We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.

We seek literary works that reflect or focus on any aspect or phase of mothering, from pre-inception to later life. Many of our contributors are themselves mothers, but you need not be one to submit if the subject matter of your submission is mothers or motherhood

Early Bird Submissions May 1 to May 7 (free, up to the Submittable limit).
Regular Submissions ($3 fee) May 1 to July 15

(Our submissions calendar is on Eastern Daylight Time).

We will respond by Jan. 2021. The issue will be published in April 2021.

Note: Some guidelines have changed; please read all guidelines below before submitting.


Please read our print journal Mom Egg Review and online quarterly, MER VOX on our website, to get an idea of the kind of work we publish before submitting. Current and back issues of the journal are available here, as well as PDF copies of the current and recent issues for $5 each.

We use Submittable for online submissions, and do not accept paper or email submissions.

Submissions are free of charge during our “Early Bird” period of May 1 to May 7, 2020, while we are within limits set by Submittable. You may submit only one “Early Bird” submission per genre.Thereafter (and concurrently) we accept Regular Submissions. For Regular Submissions, May 1- July 15 2020, there is a $3 fee for each poetry submission (of up to 4 poems), creative prose submission, and fiction or cross-genre submission (up to 850 words). Submit free if you subscribe to the upcoming issue for a special price of $14. When in Submittable, select the option you prefer.  No fee is required for art submissions, while we are within Submittable’s limits.

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 using your account to add a note to your submission telling us which titles are no longer available for consideration.

Submissions will be considered for the print issue and for VOX MER on our website unless you specify that you are only submitting for one or the other. If you have previously submitted to Mom Egg Review, we request that you submit work other than that previously submitted.

Cover letter: Please include

  • the title(s) of each individual work in the submission
  • a brief  (50-75 word) third person bio

All genres:  Submit your work in one document named “Last name_First name,_Genre.” (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 6 pages with the file name Last name_First name_ Poetry.  Do not put your name on the pages themselves. Please number your pages and start each poem on a separate page.

Important: Please left justify your poem without indenting and single space your poem (unless indenting or extra spacing is and integral 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.

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 or Audio: (for website) 3 min. max. (submissions currently closed).

Scholarship Submissions: We have a limited number of submission scholarships available. If the submissions fee is a hardship, you may submit during the “Early Bird” period or email us at MERsubmissions with your submission, cover letter and bio. Please put “Scholarship Application” as subject line.

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.

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 but it is requested 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.

Thanks for submitting to Mom Egg Review.



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