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Rust and Moth

Literary Magazine


Rust and Moth latest issue

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within 6 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    7 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max pieces: 3

Any style

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    Include a personal bio of no more than fifty words, written in the third person. If you submit by email, please include the bio in the body of the email, not in an attachment. You may also send links to your Twitter account, Facebook page, and/or website to help fans better find you from your published works.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Send all poems in a group using the contact form or as an email attachment (.pdf files only). Do not paste poems into the body of the email. Rust & 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. For some helpful tips on how we format poems and artist bios, please see our Style Guide

  • Author's rights

    Individual rights revert to authors upon publication. By submitting your work, you affirm you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work. We request that any poem republished from Rust & Moth be properly cited. We reserve the right to nominate works published in Rust & Moth for honors such as the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, etc. Rust & Moth will inform authors of such nominations via email.

  • Additional info

    Our guidelines are subject to change. Please review them prior to submitting. Poems are published online over the course of the season. Once the issue is complete, it is released in its entirety in print and as a free ebook.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

7 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

2 days

Fastest response time

208 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1835 days

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Rust & Moth is a literary journal featuring imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008 we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. Our editors love both the vitality of electronic publication and the feeling of holding a quali...

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    Suncerae Smith


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    Josiah Spence

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    Michael Young