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Call for Submissions to MER 

of work centering mothering or motherhood


MER (formerly Mom Egg Review) will be open from April 15, 2022 to July 15, 2022 for literary submissions for our annual print issue. We publish poetry (up to 4 poems, no more than 6 pages), and  fiction, creative prose/nonfiction, and hybrid works (up to 1000 words) on mothering or motherhood. We also seek mother-themed art. You need not be a mother to submit, but the work must focus on mothering, motherhood, or women's lives and experiences.

Our calendar conforms to Eastern Time.

April 15 - April 22, "Early Bird" free submissions until we reach our Submittable limit.

  •  Only one Early Bird submission per submitter so as to allow fair access. 

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NOTE: As of 4/20, 8:44 PM Eastern, all Early Bird Poetry Submissions have been utilized and that category is now CLOSED.  Poets, please submit through regular submissions.

Free Early Bird Creative Prose, Fiction, and Art Submissions are still OPEN

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April 15 - July 15, Regular Submissions ($3 fee or fee waived with subscription purchase, $14). 

We will respond by November 2022.  The issue will be published in April 2023.

What to submit (please read; some of our guidelines have changed).

  • Please read our print journal and online quarterly 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.
  • 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 Submittable.com 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 MER Online on our website unless you specify that you are only submitting for one or the other. If you have previously submitted to MER (or Mom Egg Review), we request that you submit work other than that previously submitted.
  •  If your work was included in the Mom Egg Review Vol. 20, please wait until next year to submit to our print issue. If you submit work, it will be considered for online publication only.

How to submit

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

You may submit only one free "Early Bird" submission.

Thereafter (and concurrently) we accept Regular Submissions, from April 15- July 15 2022. There is a $3 fee for each poetry submission (of up to 4 poems), nonfiction/creative prose submission, art, and fiction or cross-genre submission (up to 1000 words total—can be several short pieces that total under 1000 words).

Submit free if you subscribe to the upcoming issue for a special price of $14. When in Submittable, select the option you prefer.

Cover letter:
Please include

  • the title(s) of each individual work in the submission
  • brief(50-75 word) third person bio. (Please limit credits to up to three books and three journal/anthology publications).

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 an integral part of the poem).

Creative Prose, Fiction, Cross-genre: Please submit one piece up to 1000 words, or several short-short pieces that total fewer than 1000 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.

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 @gmail.com with your submission, cover letter and bio. Please put “Scholarship Application” as subject line.

Contact: MERsubmissions@gmail.com  (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. MER 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 MER, the authors may republish their pieces in any manner they wish but it is requested they acknowledge prior publication in MER. 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 MER.

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