Yemassee reads in the Fall and Spring for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Current guidelines can be found at http://yemasseejournal.com/

Since Fall of 2018, there is a $3 reading fee for submissions across all genres, with periodic free submission periods announced throughout the year. 

 There is also an expedited option for faster responses (usually within a 30 day period), and starting in September of 2019, will also include a short note of feedback by editors for the overall submission for $6. 


Send us your best! We look forward to reading it!

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2020 Writing Prizes, including the 2020 Chapbook Contests. The author of the winning poetry chapbook will receive $1,250 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Author input on cover art will be considered. 

The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment.

Deadline: February 15th, 2020

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-40 pages of :

  • a complete novella or novelette 

            (no incomplete works or excerpts from larger works)

  • a collection of short stories, 
  • a collection of flash fiction
  • a collection of both short stories and flash fiction 
  • a collection with a complete novella or novelette and  accompanying short stories/flash fiction
     

(title page, dedication, etc. does not count). An entry fee of $18 must accompany each entry.


Formatting and Other Guidelines: Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be disqualified at the editors' discretion.

  •  Entries must be submitted online using Submittable  (paper submissions will not be accepted.)
  •  The author's name must not appear anywhere in the submission or in the file name.
  •  We welcome multiple entries. However, each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by an additional entry fee. 
  • While we do allow simultaneous submissions, please inform us immediately if the submission is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing in Submittable.
  •  No refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.
  •  All entries must be submitted by the deadline.


Submission Suggestions: If submitting a collection of stories or flash, or stories or flash accompanying a novella, we recommend selecting titles with a discernible cohesion throughout the group. 

This may be aesthetic, thematic, tonal, or topical. It does not have to be immediately or superficially obvious. We discourage the unimagatively literal.  We're looking to publish a distinct set of prose as a unified group-- or a single chapbook rather than a short selected works.


Eligibility: Current or previous Yemassee staff, close personal friends or family of the Yemassee staff, and writers who have been published in Yemassee within the past two years are ineligible for entry.


Guest Judge: To Be Announced
 

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2020 Writing Prizes, including the 2020 Chapbook Contests. The author of the winning poetry chapbook will receive $1250 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Author input on cover art will be considered.

 The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment.

Deadline: February 15th, 2020

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-26 pages of poetry (title page, dedication, etc. does not count). An entry fee of $18 must accompany each entry.
Formatting and Other Guidelines: Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be disqualified at the editors' discretion.

  •  Entries must be submitted online using Submittable (paper submissions will not be accepted)
  •  The author's name must not appear anywhere in the submission or in the file name.
  •  We welcome multiple entries. However, each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by an additional entry fee. 
  • While we do allow simultaneous submissions, please inform us immediately if the submission is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing through Submittable. 
  • Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified. 
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline.


Eligibility: Current or previous Yemassee staff, close personal friends or family of the Yemassee staff, and writers who have been published in Yemassee within the past two years are ineligible for entry.


Guest Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi
 

  Fiction submissions should be limited to a single story.  We tend to prefer stories of 5,000 words or fewer.  All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and should include the title of the story on all pages.  Be sure to visit our masthead and address your submission to the correct editor by name.  Please wait at least three months after hearing back from us before submitting more work.  If you submit more work before the end of three months, we reserve the right to return your submission unread.

Note: Beginning October 1st, 2018, there will be a $3 reading fee for fiction submissions.

  Submit 3-5 pieces of flash fiction.  Each piece should be 1,000 words or less.  All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and should include the title of the story on all pages.  Be sure to visit our masthead and address your submission to the correct editor by name.  

Thank you for trusting us with your work.


For $6, we'll prioritize your fiction and flash fiction submissions and place it at the top of our reading queue. Additionally, as a new feature for expedited, a short note providing specific feedback for the entirety of the submission (with feedback for a single work in expedited general fiction, and feedback for the overall collection for expedited flash fiction ) will be included in the response as well. 

Submissions of 1,000-5,000 words are preferred for general expedited, with a maximum word limit of 8,000 words to be considered for acceptance. Expedited flash fiction should be limited to three works per submission.

Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.

Thank you for trusting us with your work.

  Nonfiction submissions should be limited to a single work, with preference given to submissions of 5,000 words or less, and with a maximum of 8,000 words to be considered for acceptance. Nonfiction, for us, includes creative nonfiction, memoir, or personal essay. All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and should include the work's title on each page.  

Thank you for trusting us with your work.

  Submit up to 3 pieces of flash nonfiction.  Each piece should be 1,000 words or less (with the entirety of the submission not exceeding 3,500 to be considered for acceptance) .  All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and should include the title of the story on all pages.  Be sure to visit our masthead and address your submission to the correct editor by name.  Please wait at least three months after hearing back from us before submitting more work.  

For $6, we'll prioritize your nonfiction submission and place it at the top of our reading queue. Additionally, as a new feature for expedited, a short note providing specific feedback for the entirety of the submission (with feedback for a single work in expedited general nonfiction, and feedback for the overall collection for expedited flash nonfiction) will be included in the response as well. 

Submissions of 5,000 words or less preferred for general expedited, with a maximum word limit of 8,000 words to be considered for acceptance. Expedited flash nonfiction should be limited to 3 works per submission, with each work amounting to 1,000 words or less, and with a maximum total of 3,250 words for the collection to be considered for acceptance.

Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.  


 Thank you for trusting us with your work.

  Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems combined into a single document. All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter.  Be sure to visit our masthead and address your submission to the correct editor by name. Please wait at least three months after hearing back from us before submitting more work.  If you submit more work before the end of three months, we reserve the right to return your submission unread.


Note: Beginning October 1st, 2018, there will be a $3 reading fee for poetry submissions.

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For $6, we'll prioritize your poems and place it at the top of our reading queue. Additionally, as a new feature for expedited, a short note providing specific feedback for the entirety of the submission (3-5 poems in each collection) will be included in the response as well. Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.

Thank you for trusting us with your work.


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Title: chronicle the body
Author: m mick powell
Chapbook/Poetry
ISBN: 978-0-578-46251-6
Publication Date: 2019
Retail Price: $14.00
Distributed by Yemassee Journal
Publisher Contact: editor@yemasseejournal.com



 

“singing the song of soft knowing/screaming the song a soft rosary” 

Urgent music and breathtaking self-reflection spill from Powell's chronicle the body. These poems remind me of the way strength, insight, and vulnerability converge in Lucille Clifton’s lines: “born in babylon/both nonwhite and woman/what did i see to be except myself?” I’m also reminded of all the ways we must work to remember the simple miracle of our bodies, their wounds and healing, in a world that so often refuses to see the body’s – in particular: black women’s bodies’ – trials and complexities. But chronicle the body lives and sings in the midst of our American mess, crafting its own rituals and music: 

“i remember my body a bright kitchen, all sugar. jag. sweet milk. papaya and lime. basil leaf. slow fire, the smell of it. 

i remember my body a dancing thing.” 

Powell’s poems radiate with multiple valences of meaning. The title’s subtle phrasing, how “chronicle” works interchangeably as verb and noun, urges us – challenges us – to record the stories of the body in one sense and, in another, implies that the body itself is a chronicle: one lit with wild survival, joy, pain, and unpredictable growth. 

I’m most impressed by the range of voices that Powell inhabits in her series of prose poems, “Candy Girls” set in 1961, 1988, and 2011. Each is a matrix of empathy and imagination that embodies and vivifies intersections of adolescence, pop culture, and racial and sexual violence...I know, as a man, that these poems have changed me, opened me. Especially in our current moment of unmasking dangerous facades of masculinity, I’m grateful for the brilliant courage we witness here. chronicle the body is a collage of the sacred, mundane, familial, and existential; together, these images, emotions, and stories thrive as one ecstatic whole.  

---Aaron Coleman, author of St. Trigger and Threat Come Close



mick powell (she/her) is a queer black Cape Verdean femme feminist poet. She is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Southern Connecticut State University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Apogee Journal, Winter Tangerine, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. She is a notorious movie-talker who also enjoys talking about Beyoncé, baked goods, bodies, and how much she loves the people she loves.




Reservoir by Taneum Bambrick 


Title: Reservoir

Author: Taneum Bambrick

Chapbook/Poetry

ISBN: 978-0-9887044-5-9

Publication Date: March 10, 2018

Retail Price: $12.00

Distributed by Yemassee Journal

Publisher Contact: editor@yemasseejournal.com


A stunning chaplet that weaves, through restless forms, a myriad and fleshed lie of work, love, and fierce yet tender observations of the working class. I returned to the manuscript again and again, each time finding more reasons to stay. Detail by detail, through the accretion of minutiae and the infinitesimal, the book builds and garners an entire world, replete with throttled sound, image, voice, and unforgettable lives and their living. This is poetry that encompasses, that let's no one turn away." 

--Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds


Pastoralism, so we are told, is a played-out sentiment--a stock of images, preconceived and overwrought--clean-handed workers with clean histories who sing clean songs. With Reservoir, one may be tempted to stop short with such formal descriptions as witness, autobiography, or Americana. Bambrick, however, side-steps nostalgic portraiture in favor of a poetics of tattered institutions, half-eaten, left-behind things. Structures like pastoralism don't die out; they gather in carved-out spaces, in this persistence of landscape, in precision, power. Reservoir is unforgiving, but tender--boys at the back of pick-up trucks, a heron with a hole in it. Bambrick's verse is beautifully informative, yet she doesn't offer us documentation, argument, or lyricism only. Rather, she leads up to an old hope: in waste--ours, our fathers'--we may, piecemeal, together, find names, address, still. Reservoir is a call but not to "you, really. Just you in this place."

--Jos Charles, author of feeld


Taneum Bambrick's work appears or is forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Blackbird, Pleiades, Entropy, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hobart, The Nashville Review, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Arizona. She serves as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine. She has received an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writer's Conference. 



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