“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York” - The Bell Jar


The Summer Solstice has arrived and we want to read works that soak up the sun, to see art which we’ll need a pair of sunglasses to view. Summer is a time of heat waves and the sweet sound of the ice-cream truck. And with the sunshine also comes the storms; we want your lightning bolts, to read the rain that cools everything down. Whatever this season means to you, if you’re falling in love on the boardwalk or waiting in line for something deep-fried at the carnival, we want to experience it. Send us your sandy sonnets, your splashing stanzas, and your sparkling sea of art.

Deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.





At Horse Egg Literary, we are always on the lookout for:

- unique perspectives

- accurate, sensory, specific detail

- the unexpected & experimental

- your imagination on a page


We are currently accepting unsolicited poetry submissions. We especially want to hear from BIPOC authors, the LGBTQIA2S+ community, neurodivergent individuals, people with disabilities, and other marginalized voices.

Horse Egg Literary is a space dedicated to the safety and protection of our contributors & readership. We will absolutely NOT accept: 

- abusive language, prejudice, harassment or hate speech

- plagiarism of any kind

- discrimination in the form of any and all of the following: racism, xenophobia, classism, misogyny, sexism, queerphobia, ableism, fatphobia, and religious intolerance. 


We retain the right to remove any works by authors who reveal to hold such views or who threaten the safety of our online community.





Send 1-5 of your best poems (under 500 words per poem) to horseeggliterary@gmail.com in a single .pdf or .doc file. Poems should adhere to the current theme more or less; use your discretion.


We are currently accepting 1-5 visual art pieces per contributor. Send your egg-themed illustrations and/or photography to horseeggliterary@gmail.com in one email (separate file attachments are fine). Files must be sent in a .pdf, .png, or .jpg file, along with a brief artist statement about the piece. 

If you are submitting to both categories, please send your submission in a single email.

Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you do not hear back from us within 4 weeks of submitting your work, feel free to send us an inquiry at horseeggliterary@gmail.com. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be considered.


Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors at this time, but we hope to do so in the near future! Until then, we thank you for your work, and we hope our gratitude is enough.