Submission Guidelines


On the Rusk accepts poetry, fiction, and art that may be experimental, surreal, or outside the boundaries of mainstream literature.

For Poetry

You can send up to five poems of any length.

For Literary

Any stories of no more than 7,000 words are accepted for consideration.

For Artwork

Send artwork in the dimensions of 480×640 of at least 300 dpi.


Simultaneous and multiple submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

You may withdraw your submission at any time. If you decline to have your work published, you must send a withdraw email.

On The Rusk requests first-time North American, non-exclusive web and print rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.

To submit, send the attached word document to with the title in the email’s subject line and a short biography in the body of the email.

The average length for a reply is between 4 to 6 weeks. If you have not received a response by that time, please send an inquiry email!

Leave a comment below for any questions or concerns.

2 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines

  1. Frank Geurrandeno May 29, 2014 / 9:42 pm


    This may sound somewhat silly, but would you consider experimental haiku a form of poetry that is outside the boundaries of mainstream literature? In a way, I feel it can be, especially since most journals I have asked have preferred me to not send them. Abstract/experimental Haiku is my strong point. However, I wished to ask you first. Thank you!

    • catoris July 15, 2014 / 12:47 am

      Yes! On the Rusk considers all types of poetry and creative works.

      Please see the submissions requirements before you submit.

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