Mom Egg Review

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Submissions for Mom Egg Review Vol. 16 are currently closed. We will respond by Jan. 1, 2018.

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Below are the guidelines for this issue.  Thank you for your submissions! 

Mom Egg Review seeks your best poetry, fiction, and creative prose for its sixteenth annual print issue. This is themed issue— MOTHERS PLAY/MOTHERS WORK--we will only publish work that relates to this theme. We publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. The submissions period is May 15, 2017 to August 15, 2017.  We will respond by January 1, 2018. Below are specifics for submitting in each genre.


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



The upcoming issue of Mom Egg Review will be looking at PLAY and WORK through the lens of motherhood. Some aspects you might consider–

How do mothers play: with children, with partners, with friends, on their own? How do children play at various stages? Is it irresponsible to play in a damaged world—or necessity? What types of play nourish you, and which are playing with fire? Is play as enjoyable as it’s cracked up to be? Is your work your play?

And also: The work of mothering, of creating art, of scholarship. Office work, housework, school work, political work, physical labor. Life’s work. Work that’s respected and work that’s denigrated. Jobs that lift you up and jobs that suck your soul. Our mothers’ and fathers’ work. The work of nurture. Work for pay, work for love, work for duty. Working on ourselves and working on our kids or on relationships. Working out. Working it out. And of course, we’re interested in the interplay between work and play.



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 15, for only $5 at this link:

We use Submittable  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 MER feature on our website (unless you specify that you are only submitting for the print issue).

Cover letter: Please include

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

All genres:  Submit your work in one document with the file name 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.  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.

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.


Other Submissions: 

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

Scholarship Submissions: 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. Please put “Scholarship Application” as subject line.

Current Subscriber Submissions: If you have a one- or two-year subscription to MER commencing in 2018, you may submit complimentarily.  Please email MERSubmissions@gmail for your link.

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 query our Book Review Editor Bunny Goodjohn at

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 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. 

Thanks for submitting to Mom Egg Review.