Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, took a dive, and nobody could fix him. Simply put, he’s eggshells. Eggs, however, are not the only things that break. Life is complicated, and eggs? They can be broken bottles, cracking a joke, scrambling a stanza. Send us a poem about the eggs you have broken, the eggshells you’ve stepped on. These shells can be a singular thing, an idea becoming fragmentary, or anything else your imagination hatches.

Deadline for submissions is May 15, 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 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 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 them in separate emails.

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 Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be considered.


Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors at this time, as we are two broke girls who are just beginning their journey in the lit mag community. We hope to do so in the future. Until then, we thank you for your work, and we hope our gratitude is enough.