“It's twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way... the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”  - Edward Cullen, Twilight

Spooky season is right around the corner (for those who don’t live it all year round), and for Issue 5, we’re on the hunt for stanzas that sparkle like vampire skin, for words like wisps of fawn-shaped clouds. Do you daydream of castles floating in the sky, the sun hovering like a red balloon? Or is there someone, something lurking in the corner of your room? Do you often wake up in a cold fear, just to find your 104-year-old boyfriend standing at the foot of your bed? Guide us through the world of your daydreams // nightmares, your waking whimsy or petrifying paralysis. Whether it's angels or demons, fantasy or fright, it doesn't matter; it all lives in your head... right?

Deadline for submissions is October 3rd, 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 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 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.