Open Reading Period: August 15 - December 15
- Make all submissions through our submission manager (Submittable). We do not accept submissions via email.
- We do not accept previously published work, including work self-published or published online via blog or social media.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted if noted and withdrawn upon acceptance elsewhere.
- Please submit just once per genre, per reading period.
- You may submit in more than one genre with no penalty. If you do submit in multiple genres, please submit each separately. (i.e. You may include up to five poems in one submission, but use a separate submission for a work of nonfiction).
- We are currently able to provide one print copy as payment to authors and are pleased to provide a print on demand option for additional copies of each issue.
- Though we cannot take every piece sent to us, we will, at times, be compelled to provide feedback - in these cases, it will take a little longer to get back to you.
Flash Glass Guidelines
Considering that craft is not genre specific, we welcome prose with a range of forms, subjects and aesthetics. We are open to hybrid prose - i.e. lyrical fiction, lyrical essays, braided essays, etc. However, we will not publish pure "genre" pieces that do not re-imagine their position as works of literature, nor are we interested in highly experimental or “literary” work that is not honest, accessible, or relatable.
For creative nonfiction, submissions may include personal essays, memoir, or hybrid forms such as braided essays or hermit crab essays. Craft essays should have a personal and/or creative element. We are not interested in purely scholarly work or editorial nonfiction, nor are we interested in highly experimental work that is not honest, accessible, or relatable.
All topics are considered, except for overtly political and religious poems as Glassworks strives for more nuanced complexity. We invite submissions that employ deliberate craft of creation and format, but we discourage overworked experimental forms. We encourage hybrid forms, such as prose poems.
Glassworks publishes short works monthly in our online feature: flashglass. Flash is often defined by what it isn't: it isn't more than 500 words, it isn't a full narrative, it isn't plot or character or just a poems without line breaks. Flash, however, is an opportunity:
For the reader: to rotate a whole in the mind, to encounter language pruned and curated, a candy quick to dissolve that lingers on the tongue.
For the writer: to flex and bend, produce fresh expression within limitation, to discover the essential. And in the end, speak through the unsaid and arrive at something unexpected.
Glassworks publishes still artwork (i.e. photography, paintings, collages, etc.) bi-annually in our print issues. We prefer to publish several images by each artist and may include additional images in our online galleries.
*For more insight on the kind of work we seek, click here to read our current staff bios.