Yemassee reads year-round for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Current guidelines can be found at http://yemasseejournal.com/. It's always free to submit, though there is a expedited option ($3) for faster responses. 

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  • Prose from Evan Allgood, Garrett Ashley, Chris Campanioni, Caylin Capra-Thomas, Micah Dean Hicks, Derrick Martin-Campbell, and Zach VandeZande
  • Poetry from Fatimah Asghar, Chance Castro, Kristina Marie Darling, John Gosslee, Peter Hogan, TJ McLemore, Rebecca Hart Olander, Marielle Prince, Kimberly Reyes, Sam Sax, Roberta Senechal de la Roche, Virginia Smith Rice, Candace Wiley, and Jane Wong.
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Ends on February 1, 2017$ 22.00 - 25.00
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Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Prizes, including the 2017 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, 2017

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 Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.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: Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Ends on February 1, 2017$ 17.00 - 20.00
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Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Prizes, including the 2017 Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $750 and publication in Yemassee 24.2. 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, 2017


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: Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine and the short story collection Intimations, both from Harper. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Paris Review, Zoetrope, Tin House, VOGUE, and n+1. She was the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.

Ends on February 1, 2017$ 17.00 - 20.00
$ 17.00 - 20.00

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Prizes, including the 2017 Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive $750 and publication in Yemassee 24.2. 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, 2017


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: Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.

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For $3, we'll prioritize your story and place it at the top of our reading queue. Submissions usually receive responses within 30 days.

Fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and flash nonfiction for expedited review accepted here. Thanks for trusting us with your work.

$ 3.00

For $3, 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. 

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.

 

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.

Submit up to three pieces of flash nonfiction.  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.

Nonfiction submissions should be limited to a single piece.  We tender to prefer works of 5,000 words or fewer. Nonfiction, for us, includes creative nonfiction as well as reviews and interviews. All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and should include the piece's title on each page.  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.

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.