Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Moms Respond

Submissions for the Moms Respond feature are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted!

Thank you for your interest in Glass: A Journal of Poetry. We publish monthly issues with around eight to ten poems.

Glass is looking for submissions for a special Mother's Day issue, tentatively titled "Moms Respond." This issue will be published on Mother's Day — Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Submissions for this special issue need not be related to or be about mothers or motherhood. Instead, to highlight mothers, accepted poets, in lieu of standard bios, will have their mothers or mother figures write their contributor note. Poets may interpret "mother figure" however they wish. Additionally, Glass, usually asks accepted poets to write a short paragraph about their poem. For this issue, poets may ask their mother figure to respond to the poem.

The deadline to submit for this special issue is March 31, 2017. Any submissions received after March 31, 2017, will not be considered.

Because we will also be reading for The Glass Chapbook Series during the month of March and because Submittable allows us a limited number of submissions per month, all submissions for the Moms Respond issue must be emailed to Please add this email to your safe email list to ensure that you receive our reply.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit 3-5 poems, any style, any length. Submissions should be sent as an attachment and should be sent as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

Manuscripts should be single spaced and written in a standard font and standard size (12 pt. Times New Roman) with standard (at least 1 inch) margins.

The subject line of your email should read: [Your Name]: Moms Respond Submission (replace "[Your Name]" with your name).

In the body of the email, please include a short cover letter and a brief bio.

Do not include pictures with or within your manuscript.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please send an email to as soon as possible if part of your submission is accepted by another publisher. We do not accept previously published poems.

Unfortunately, we are unable to pay you for your poems other than through publication. Accepted poems will be published on the Glass website in perpetuity.

Response times may vary. We hope to make all decisions by the end of April, 2017. If you have not received a response to your submissions by the end of April, please send us an email.

We are interested in poetry that enacts the artistic and creative precision of glass. We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to publish high quality poetry. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and "light" verse are less likely to inspire us. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity. The best way to get to know our tastes is to purchase a copy of one (or more) of our chapbooks, to read the Glass: A Journal of Poetry archives, or to read a recent issue of The Indianola Review.

Our mission is to engage with the wider literary community. To do this, we are committed to publishing a variety of new, emerging and established voices. Further, we are committed to inclusion and equity in publishing. We highly encourage submissions from underrepresented voices.

If your work is accepted, we request First North American serial rights as well as the right to archive your work on our website and to use your work, with credit given to you as the author, for promotional purposes. Otherwise, upon publication, all rights revert back to the author under the condition that you will credit Glass: A Journal of Poetry as the original publisher should your work be reprinted.