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call for submissions

Gnashing Teeth Publishing is accepting submissions for our annual limited release hand-bound zine.  We are looking for poetry, micro fiction, and art which explores the painful parts of parenting. “Stepping on Legos”  focuses on post-partum depression, empty nest syndrome, surprise diagnoses, parenting through poverty, or the inevitable drama which accompanies adolescence. Parenting does not always turn out the way envisioned. Whatever disappoints you or makes you anxious about the experience, whether you approach it with humor or with cathartic candidness, we want your words. Please read the guidelines. Use our Contact Form for any questions, but not for submissions.

TOPIC: “Parenthood”

Poetry must be about the theme. Poems can be NO LONGER THAN 36 short lines long. Brevity is your friend. Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Send up to 3 poems for consideration.

Micro fiction in less than 150 words? Why not? On the theme provided. Submit 1 piece in 12 point font.

We are seeking interior illustrations. This includes: watercolor, pen and ink, and other graphic illustrations. No photography, please. All art should be easily reproducible in black and white. Submissions of artwork should be formatted as .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png, or .pdf.

Include a short bio, up to 40 words

Send us words and art to submission@gnashingteethpublishing.com Put LEGOS/YourName in the subject line. Any submissions sent through our contact form will be deleted without comment. Submissions are open through May 15, 2022. You will be notified by May 30, 2022, if your piece was selected for inclusion in the anthology. If you do not hear from us, assume your piece was not selected. Do not query before June 1, 2022.

As this is a limited release, we are not offering author copies, just our eternal thanks. IF you choose to purchase a copy as an author, you may do so at a reduced price.

Statement of Inclusion

We are committed to including underrepresented voices. We encourage everyone to submit regardless of age, race, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, citizenship status, ability, or national origin.

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