Submission Guidelines

We can't wait to read your work! Here are some suggestions to streamline the process:
  • Do take a look at the past work we've published to see if your work is a good fit. You can purchase a back issue for about the price of a latte or browse the online archives for nothing.
  • Don't send postal submissions, which will be promptly recycled. This is the future; we all know how to use a computer.
  • Do include a brief cover letter addressed to the appropriate editor (which can be found on our masthead). A short bio is also nice.
  • Don't send previously published work. We like our pennies shiny and new.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine though; it's tough being a writer. Just give us a heads up in your cover letter.
  • Do update us on Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing the submission. If it is part of a collection, just leave a note saying which piece is no longer available. Congratulations, by the way! No hard feelings.
  • Do wait three months before submitting again if your work is rejected. If you submit more work before the end of three months, we reserve the right to return your submission unread.
  • Do take Beckett's advice: "Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
Our average response time is between 1-3 months, though occasionally it may be longer. Yemassee asks for first-time North American rights, which revert to authors upon publication. We are unable to offer monetary payment, though it's a future dream of ours. For now, payment is two contributor copies along with our enduring love, respect, and all the social media shoutouts your heart desires. Additionally, we feature contributor interviews on the site, do local and AWP readings, and send out Pushcart Nominations every fall.

genre specific guidelines


When it comes to poetry, we want to create a gathering of voices we can’t stop listening to. We want a poem to leap somewhere strange and take us along. We want lines that strike and flash, that haunt us when we’re alone. If there’s a poem that shakes something loose from the aether, a poem that asks us to come closer, to press against it with a listening ear, we welcome that poem.

We consider three to five poems at a time, combined into a single document, with no more than one poem per page.


We want prose that surprises us and risks everything—the smart, bold, and/or funny.

We consider fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced and paginated. For fiction, we’re open to a wide range of styles and aesthetics, both traditional and innovative. For nonfiction, we are interested in traditional memoir, lyric essays, hybrid work and many other nonfictional forms. We do not publish academic essays.

If you’re sending in shorter works (less than 1,000 words), feel free to send along 3-5 pieces in a single document.


Review submissions are temporarily on hold while we take inventory.

If you’re a publisher looking for venues to review your books, please email us! We’d love to promote your press. We accept both print copies and PDFs/e-galleys.

Ready? Send us your best! Yemassee happily reads work all year.