Yemassee reads year-round for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Current guidelines can be found at http://yemasseejournal.com/. Beginning October 1st, there will be a $3 reading fee for all submissions. There is a expedited option ($6) for faster responses. 


Send us your best!

Ends on January 15, 2019$22.00 - 25.00
$22.00 - 25.00

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2019 Writing Prizes, including the 2019 Chapbook Contest. The author of the winning poetry chapbook will receive $1000 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: January 15, 2019

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-26 pages of poetry (title page, dedication, etc. does not count). An entry fee of $22 must accompany each entry.

Discounted Subscription: Entries accompanied by $25 also qualify the submitter for a one-year subscription to Yemassee. Please select the appropriate fee category.

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. Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.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: Justin Phillip Reed

Ends on January 15, 2019$17.00 - 20.00
$17.00 - 20.00

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2019 Writing Prizes, including the 2019 Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $750 and publication in Yemassee 25.2. The editors will select ten finalists and pass those stories on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment and all entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Yemassee.

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one story up to 7500 words. An entry fee of $17 must accompany each entry.

Discounted Subscription: Entries accompanied by $20 qualify the submitter for a one-year subscription to Yemassee. Please select the appropriate fee category.

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. 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: James E. McTeer II

Ends on January 15, 2019$17.00 - 20.00
$17.00 - 20.00

Overview: Yemassee  is now accepting entries for its 2019 Writing Prizes, including the 2019 Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive  $750 and publication in Yemassee 25.2. The editors will select ten finalists and pass those poems on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive  acknowledgment and all entries will be  considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Yemassee.


Deadline: January 15, 2019


Entry Instructions: To enter, submit up to three pieces of unpublished poetry. An entry fee of $17 must accompany each entry.


Discounted Subscription: Entries accompanied by $20 qualify the submitter for a one-year subscription to Yemassee. Please select the appropriate fee category.

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. 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: Virginia Konchan

$3.00
$3.00

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.

$3.00
$3.00

  Fiction submissions should be limited to a single story.  We tend to prefer stories of 8,000 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.

Submit 3-5 pieces of flash fiction.  Each piece should be 1,000 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.

 


For $6, we'll prioritize your poems and place it at the top of our reading queue. Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.

Thanks for trusting us with your work.



For $6, we'll prioritize your story and place it at the top of our reading queue. Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.

 Fiction and flash fiction for expedited review accepted here. We're no longer taking expedited nonfiction submissions. Thanks for trusting us with your work.


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. 



$3.00 - 5.00
$3.00 - 5.00


Yemassee 25th Anniversary Issue 


Our 25th anniversary issue! 

Feel our beautiful matte covers and sturdy paper for yourself. Purchase a print issue of Yemassee via credit card for only $5. Our back issue archive with content details can be found here

The newest issue, 25.1, features fantastic new work, including:

  • Fiction from Tara Isabel Zambrano, Emma Sloley, Harris Lahti, Amir Adam, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Tyler Barton, Lynsey Morandin, and Toni Martin
  • Poetry from Logan February, Kristina Erny, David Gustavsen, Owen McLeod, Shaina Monet, Alyssa Jewell, José Olivarez, Jasmine Reid, Sara Ryan, Heidi Seaborn, Knar Gavin, Simone Person, Amanda Hayes, Sarah Thompson, Madeline Kinkel, and Aria Curtis
  • Reviews of Lauren Russell's What's Hanging on the Hush, and DéLana R.A. Dameron's Weary Kingdom
  • Cover Art by Rob Gibsun
  • Featured Art by Dogon Krigga

(Pst... Trying to go paperless? You can also order an electronic copy of 25.1 at a discounted rate. We'll email you a link for you to download the file at your convenience.)

Thank you for your support!

$10.00 - 18.00
$10.00 - 18.00

Please select this option to purchase a 1 year (two issue) or 2 year (four issue - $20 value!) subscription. Subscriptions starts with the current issue unless otherwise requested. Thanks for your support!

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