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Here you can purchase any of our available magazines, and submit work for future publications. Please make your selection from the options below.


  • Our Poetry and Prose Competition is open.  Submit your piece using the link below.

  • Closing date: 9 January, 2018

Glass Mountain or Shards?

There are a few differences to consider when choosing to submit to our print magazine, Glass Mountain, or our online magazine, Shards. The main difference between the two is response time; if you prefer a quicker response, Shards publishes a new issue every two months, while Glass Mountain publishes once in the spring and once in the fall. Volumes of Glass Mountain must be purchased if you'd like to share your work with others, while issues of Shards will remain available online. Simultaneous submissions between the two magazines are not allowed.

Submission Guidelines

· We currently accept previously unpublished submissions from any undergraduate or emerging artist (anyone who has not attended, graduated from, or is currently enrolled in an MFA or creative writing Ph.D program) 

· We accept submissions year-round, and read throughout the academic year. We look for outstanding fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and everything in between—surprise us! 

· Acceptable formats and specific guidelines for each genre can be found in its category.

· All submissions must include the following information: author’s/artist’s name, phone number, email, and genre. Please include author’s/artist’s name on every page of the work in the header. In your cover letter, be sure to include a brief bio (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, to tell us about yourself and any previous publications.

· You may submit more than one piece at a time, but pay close attention to the guidelines. We also accept simultaneous submissions, though we ask that you notify us ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Ends on January 9, 2018$5.00
$5.00

$5* per submission. 

Each story, poem, or essay is one submission and must be entered separately. Up to 15 pages of prose (12-point font, double-spaced, standard margins) and up to 5 single-spaced pages for one poem. Standard manuscript format applies to both. You may enter as many separate pieces as you like. We are taking submissions internationally. You may not enter this contest if you are a current or former graduate student in a creative writing program; this is a contest for emerging writers.

$100 prize for the winner in each category. The winner in each category will be published in the Spring issue of Glass Mountain Magazine, will receive two contributor copies of the magazine, and will be invited to read at our April launch party for Volume 20. Winners will also receive free registration to the 2018 Boldface Conference.

The deadline to be considered for the Poetry and Prose Contest is midnight January 9, 2018.

*Entry fees are nonrefundable.

$12.00
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Submit previously unpublished fiction of up to 15 pages of 12-point type, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. Graphic narratives, such as comics, should be categorized as Art. Our primary focus is literary fiction; however, all genres and all variations within are welcome. One piece per submission, please.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications. Should you be selected, we will include this on our contributors' page.

We will respond to your submission within 8 months.

Submit previously unpublished fiction of up to 15 pages of 12-point type, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. Graphic narratives, such as comics, should be categorized as Art. Our primary focus is literary fiction; however, all genres and all variations within are welcome. One piece per submission, please.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications. Should you be selected, we will include this with the published piece.

We will respond to your submission within 3 months.

Submit previously unpublished creative nonfiction of up to 15 pages in 12-point type, double-spaced and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. We do not accept literary criticism. One piece per submission, please.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications. Should you be selected, we will include this on our contributors' page.

We will respond to your submission within 8 months.

Submit previously unpublished creative nonfiction of up to 15 pages in 12-point type, double-spaced and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.  One piece per submission, please.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications. Should you be selected, we will include this with the published piece.

We will respond to your submission within 3 months.

Submit 1 to 5 previously unpublished poems. In your submission, please type no more than 1 poem per page with a 10 page maximum. The text should 12-point font, and files should be saved in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.

While we accept and will read all styles of poetry, we generally publish contemporary poetry that is lyric-based with narrative tendency. We tend to avoid rhymed, romanticized poetry, but we don't automatically discount any poem.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography of 50 to 100 words written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications of your work. Should you be selected, we will include this on our contributors' page.

We will respond to your submission within 8 months.

Submit 1 to 5 previously unpublished poems. In your submission, please type no more than 1 poem per page with a 10 page maximum. The text should 12-point font, and files should be saved in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.

While we accept and will read all styles of poetry, we generally publish contemporary poetry that is lyric-based with narrative tendency. We tend to avoid rhymed, romanticized poetry, but we don't automatically discount any poem.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography of 50 to 100 words written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications of your work. Should you be selected, we will include with the published piece.

We will respond to your submission within 3 months.

Submit previously unpublished art in high resolution TIFF or JPEG format. Graphic narratives, such as comics, are best viewed in JPG format. Please no zip or pdf files.

We accept work of all mediums, from sculpture and installation, to photographs and paintings.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you, your current educational status, and any previous publications. Please list the medium(s) of each submitted piece. 

We will respond to your submission within 8 months.

Submit previously unpublished art in high resolution TIFF or JPEG format. Graphic narratives, such as comics, are best viewed in JPG format. Please no zip or pdf files. Performance video should be submitted in MP4 format, and should be no longer than 5 minutes.

We accept work of all mediums, from sculpture and installation, to photographs and paintings.

In your cover letter, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you, your current educational status, and any previous publications, if any, of your other work. Please list the medium(s) of each submitted piece. 

We will respond to your submission within 3 months.

Reviews:

Submit previously unpublished reviews of books, albums, movies, or artwork, up to 1000 words, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. We prefer subjects of review that have been released/published within the past five years. One piece per submission, please. 

On your manuscript, beneath the title of the submission, please include the following details concerning the subject of review:

  • Author/Musician/Screen Writer/Director

  • Title of Work

  • Genre (poetry collection, novel, short story, album, film, etc.)

  • Translator (if applicable)

  • Date Published/Released

  • Publisher/Label/Studio

Literary Essays:

Submit previously unpublished literary essays of prose or poetry in literary canon.  Your submission should be up to 900 words, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. While literary essays can cover a multitude of literary devices, your submission should focus on only one or two. Works referenced must be properly cited according to the MLA 8th Edition.

On your manuscript, beneath the title of the submission, please include the following details concerning the subject of annotation:

  • Author/Poet/Writer/Creator

  • Title of Work

  • Genre (Poetry, Prose)

  • Date Published/Released


Other instructions

Provide a short biography in your cover letter (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications. Should your work be selected, we will include this on our contributors' page.

We will respond to your submission within 8 months.

Reviews:

Submit previously unpublished reviews of books, albums, movies, or artwork, up to 1000 words, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. We prefer subjects of review that have been released/published within the past five years. One piece per submission, please. 

On your manuscript, beneath the title of the submission, please include the following details concerning the subject of review:

  • Author/Musician/Screen Writer/Director

  • Title of Work

  • Genre (poetry collection, novel, short story, album, film, etc.)

  • Translator (if applicable)

  • Date Published/Released

  • Publisher/Label/Studio


Literary Essays:

Submit previously unpublished literary essays of prose or poetry in literary canon.  Your submission should be up to 900 words, double-spaced, and in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. While literary essays can cover a multitude of literary devices, your submission should focus on only one or two. Works referenced must be properly cited according to the MLA 8th Edition.

On your manuscript, beneath the title of the submission, please include the following details concerning the subject of annotation:

  • Author/Poet/Writer/Creator

  • Title of Work

  • Genre (Poetry, Prose)

  • Date Published/Released


Other instructions

Provide a short biography in your cover letter (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, which tells us about you and any previous publications, if any, of your other work. Should your work be selected, we will include this with the published piece.

We will respond to your submission within 3 months.