We are accepting submissions for the Spring 2018 issue.

Both new and established writers are encouraged to submit. Our guidelines are subject to change. Please review them prior to submitting.

Submission Guidelines

To submit to Rust and Moth, please use the contact form below or simply email us at Before you submit, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our previously published issues.

We publish four issues a year—Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each issue will have poems added to it throughout the season, published online, until the window for submissions has closed. At that time, we will finalize the issue and make a print version.

Please note that we are always accepting submissions. The deadline for the Spring issue is January 31st. The deadline for the Summer issue is April 30th. The deadline for the Autumn issue is July 31st. The deadline for the Winter issue is October 31st. All submissions received after a deadline will be considered for the following issue.


Submit up to three poems in any style. Please send all poems in a group using the contact form below or as an email attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf). Please include a personal bio of no more than fifty words, written in the third person. You may also send links to your Twitter account, Facebook page, and website to help fans better find you from your published works.

Rust and Moth will happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately by email if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Rust and Moth will consider “remixed” or found poetry submissions, provided the poems therein meet the standard of “significant imaginative or intellectual transformation” laid out in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry.

Rust and Moth expects professional writers to have their work finalized upon first submission, and we seldom grant requests for revision.

Rust and Moth uses a standard web publication line length of 45-75 characters. When submitting poetry, please be aware that poems with longer line lengths may need alteration to work in our format. Please reference our published works for examples.

Rust and Moth places no hard limits on the number of times an author may submit new work. That said, authors who submit to us more than 4-5 times without an acceptance are asked to revisit our previous issues and consider goodness-of-fit before submitting again.

Publication Rights

Rust and Moth will publish no previously published works, unless we ourselves request them. Individual rights revert to authors upon publication. By submitting your work, you affirm you are the sole author and maintain all right for your work. We request that any poem republished from Rust and Moth be properly cited. We reserve the right to nominate works published in Rust and Moth for honors such as the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, etc. Rust and Moth will inform authors of such nominations via email.

Upon Publication

While we would love to be able to provide financial remuneration and free issues to the artists whose work we publish, unfortunately we don’t have the budget to do so at present. However, we do all we can to help you find your audience, including publication in print and on our website, promotion on our social media outlets, and a dedicated page with your bio and web links on our site. In addition, our editors sometimes write reviews of poetry chapbooks. These reviews are free to authors for use in the promotion of their work. Due to time constraints, we typically offer these reviews only to poets whom we have nominated for the Best of the Net or the Pushcart Prize.

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If your submission is accepted, as well as posting your bio, we also post links to your web presence to help fans of your work connect with you.

We promise to never sell your information or use it for anything other than sending poetry and updates or contact you directly.