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Rust & Moth A Journal of Poetry and The Arts

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Rust & Moth is a literary journal featuring imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008 we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. We stand on the side of the marginalized and of voices that have not been traditionally heard, and we value work that errs on the side of immediacy, strong images, and heartfelt innovation. Our editors love both the vitality of electronic publication and the feeling of holding a quality print edition in hand. We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround time from submission to publication and we encourage you to submit!

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2008

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed


Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2024* (approx. 39 days from now) through 30 September 2024. 3


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.


Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


No monetary payment No monetary payment.


Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Rust & Moth Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 222 reports from 170 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported1 min | 11.5 mean avg | 6.5 median | 213 max days (19.7 std dev)
Responses98.65 %
Acceptances9.01 % of submissions accepted (15.4 avg. days per acceptance) | 11.18 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections89.64 % (9.8 avg. days per rejection) | 18.1 % personal, 55.3 % form, 26.6 % unspecified
Non-Responses1.35 %
Never Responded0.45 % (213.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals0.90 % (31.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending3 responses are pending (46 min | 129.0 mean avg | 135.0 median | 206 max days waiting | 80.2 std dev) from 3 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 42 days. (1.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 42 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 42 days have passed.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 18 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 30 Jun 2024.

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Last Updated: 02 Jul 2024
Last Audited: 02 Jul 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 14 Oct 2013

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