Q: Who are you?
A: Yemassee is the biannual print literary journal of the University of South Carolina run by a rotating staff of graduate students in the MFA program. Our editorial staff turns over yearly and we do not favor any particular aesthetic or school of writing. Quality is our only concern. In addition to hosting local community events and readings, we attend AWP every year (come say hi!) and submit Pushcart nominations. In short: we're on the ups and we're taking you with us.

Q: How long have you been around?
A: Since 1993! We've published the likes of George Singleton, Ron Rash, Mary Miller, Jenny Boully, and many many more. We've got a pretty sweet vintage stamp collection going, too.

Q: What and when do you read?
A: We read creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Submissions are accepted year round (even on government holidays). We do not favor any particular aesthetic or school of writing. Quality is our only concern. We want your best! This might mean a shiny fresh piece that sent your heart racing on completion or it could be that weird little thing shoved to the back of your desk drawer still whispering incantations in the night. If you're excited/unsure/scared about it, we want to see it.

Q: What's your timeline?
A: New issues come out in the spring and fall, with the fall issue featuring the contest winners from the Yemassee writing prizes. The contest opens in November and closes in January.

Current Masthead


Tracie Dawson has work in New World Writing, Word Riot, and Rabbit Catastrophe Review, among other places, and is currently working on a road novel in which no one does drugs or goes on the lam even once. She will be voting for the Oxford Comma in the next election. Debate with her @trdwsn.

Maya Marshall is a Callaloo Fellow, a Cave Canem fellow, a fellow of The Watering Hole, and an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her writing has appeared most recently in Blackbird, RHINO, Jasper, and The Volta.

Emylisa Warrick is a Poetry MFA candidate. Before pursuing her MFA, she worked in the independent publishing and nonprofit arts industries. Notable places include Coffee House Press, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, and The Loft Literary Center. She is also a contributor to The MFA Years blog. You can follow her obsession with indie publishing, art museums, and the occasional baseball game on Instagram and Twitter @heyemyemy.

Poetry Editor

Originally from New Orleans, Mark Rodehorst now lives in Columbia where he is an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina. He previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and Rwanda and as an Assistant √Čtranger de Langue in French Guiana.

Prose Editor

Julia Velasco has a licenciatura in Translation and Interpreting from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina. She has translated the work of Spanish-speaking poets such as Armando Romero, Eduardo Espina, Mario Bojorquez and Edwin Madrid. Her translations of Madrid’s poetry can be found in Circumference. Julia’s fiction has appeared in The Delmarva Review.