About Cleaning up Glitter: We are here to explore the human condition, as you experience it. Please consider submitting anything that explores your life views, existence, mortality, spirituality, conflict and more. Cleaning up Glitter should be a place where we can share our most honest selves.
Short fiction & essays/creative nonfiction (may submit 1; up to 7,500 words)
Flash fiction & essays/creative nonfiction (may submit up to 2; up to 1,500 words each)
Poetry (may submit up to 3)
Visual art; please include Artist’s Statement (may submit up to 3)
Submissions must be in English, and must be a final product (no drafts).
We will only consider work that has not been previously published either in print or online. Simultaneous submissions are permitted for general issues.
All accepted authors will be asked to agree to terms before publishing. You own your work.
We use Submittable to manage submissions. Emailed and hard copy submissions will not be reviewed.
We accept Word docs only (.doc or .docx); Google docs can be exported in this format and attached, even if you do not have Word.
2019 Submission Calendar
July 2019 - Open submissions through 6/14/2019: We are accepting submissions for our July 2019 issue which is centered on the theme of CHILDHOOD. Acceptances begin 5/15/19
August 2019 - Open submissions through 7/12/2019: We are accepting general submissions of creative nonfiction and fiction for our August 2019 issue. Acceptances begin 6/15/19
October 2019 - Open for submissions 8/11/2019 - 9/13/2019: Our October 2019 issue will honor October holidays, including Dia de los Muertos, Samhain, and All Hallows Eve (Halloween), by focusing on themes of MYSTERY, DEATH and the DEAD, HARVEST, SEASON OF DARKNESS, and more. Acceptances begin 9/1/19
Visual Art accepted for each of the regular issues listed above.
Fine Print: All regular issues are fee-optional until we reach 80% of our Submittable capacity. This means that on the 1st of each month, forms will be fee-optional until we have to start charging a fee in order to keep the form open. Whether you pay the fee or not has no bearing on whether your piece is selected.
Weekly Feature: We accept submissions of creative nonfiction and fiction for our semiweekly feature on a rolling basis; we do not accept poetry for this. This feature includes recognition via social media and emails all week, as well as a Q&A post.
Visual Art not accepted for Weekly Feature.
Reading fee: We charge a reading fee for Weekly Features, which helps offset the cost of keeping the website and Submittable running. Submitting for a weekly feature does not guarantee your work will be chosen.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
Immediate family members of the board of directors, and the directors themselves, are welcome to submit for publication, but are not eligible to receive compensation for accepted publications.