Ross White’s “American Supernatural”

wins 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Contest

Judge Tyehimba Jess called Ross White’s poem “haunting.” He said the poem was “well executed and imaginative in tone and execution.” The two runner-ups were: “The Art of Being Saved by a Hair” by Lois Harrod & “This Attic” by Catherine Bresner.

These three poems will appear in an upcoming edition of Yemassee and will include Jess’s full comments on the poem. The finalists for the contest were: J. Camp Brown, Gary L. McDowell, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Chelsea Dingman, Erin Mullikin, Lavonne Adams, and Sarah Huener. The Yemassee staff is grateful to all who submitted to the contest and encourages everyone to submit again next spring



Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. We truly had a number of quality stories this year and were impressed by the range and variety of the entries. Thanks also to guest judge Emily St. John Mandel who had the unenviable task of choosing the winners from amongst so many deserving candidates. The top three authors will each have their respective story published in a future issue of Yemassee. And without further ado the winners and finalists of The William Richey Short Fiction Contest: 

Winner: The Africa Problem, Christian Hayden, Chicago, IL 

 1st Runner up: The Flutist, Michael Cody, Johnson City, TN

 2nd Runner up: Red Monday, Barrett Warner, Upperco, MD 


Here We Are, Paige Cohen, Brooklyn, NY 

What I Did Over my Summer Vacation, Ron SandgrundBoulder, CO

People in Profile, Siamak Vossoughi, San Francisco, California

The Yellow Dress, David Meischen, Austin, TX

Brotherhood of the Possum, Kristen Arnett, Maitland, FL

Mating, Gerry Wilson, Jackson, MS

People You May Know, Neil Serven, Greenfield, MA

Tell Me About Real,  Nick Reller, Mankato, MN

Bozika, Michelle Donahue, Ames, IA

Lion’s Mound, Sarah Malone, Princeton, NJ


Blog 2014

With the start of the new year, one of the new features we’ll be introducing to Yemassee is a more active blog. This will be a way for you to get to know the journal better as well as our staff. We hope to feature a variety of topics, from highlighting pieces from previous issues to general discussions about writing that we want you to participate in. These posts are meant to be fun, engaging, and perhaps even a little insightful. Our first post comes from our Blog Editor, Chris Koslowski, who highlights a short story from our latest issue. 

-Ajit Dhillon, Editor 


2013 William Richey Short Fiction Contest.


Judge: We are excited to announce that Emily St. John Mandel will serve as the final guest judge.

Prizes: The author of the winning story will receive $500 and publication in Yemassee. Yemassee will publish stories by two runners-up, along with a list of ten finalists. 

Deadline: All entries must be submitted by the November 22nd deadline. (EXTENDED TO December 15th) 

Entry Fee: (only!) $10. An entry fee of $10 must accompany each entry. 

Word Limit:  To enter, submit one piece of unpublished short fiction of up to 10,000 words. We welcome multiple story submissions; each story should be entered separately and will require its own entry fee. 

Formatting, Details, Etc: All submissions should be double-spaced. Story title and page numbers should appear on all pages of the entry, but the author’s name should not appear anywhere within the entry. Entries must be submitted through submittable. Winners will be announced on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication. 

Enter Here.



A Look Inside “Apparitions”

Poetry judge Sam Amadon discusses why he selected “Apparitions” by Conor O’Connor for the 2013 Pocataligo Poetry Contest:

“One doesn’t expect a series of “Apparitions” to be as full-bodied (and full-throated) as the ones sung here. In lines such as “Dead ghost, live ghost, ghost of violet bloom,” this poem risks giving a pulse to the ethereal. Ultimately I see this poem as a meditation on viewing, explored section to section like panels in a gallery. Take a look.”

To take a further look, order a copy of Yemassee 20.2 by clicking here!


2013 Pocataligo Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Pocataligo poetry contest, judged by Samuel Amadon.  The first place winner will receive a $500 prize, and the top three poems will be published in Yemassee 20.2, forthcoming summer 2013.

1st place: Conor O’Connor | “Apparitions”

2nd place: M.K. Sukach | “Unintended Metaphors”

3rd place: Elizabeth Drewry | “Choking”



“A Dancer Considers Her Brief Life” | Anika Eide

“We’ve got electric cars and i-pads, but post-post-industrialized love is still rocket ships and four-stroke internal combustion engines” | Jason Hess

“the truth is I stutter the truth” | Kari Hawkey

“[Railroads]” | Gregg Murray

“My Father’s Last Night” | Cathy Kodra

“The Sect which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve Seen You Handle Cocoons” | Annie Christian

“Fable. Antirrhinum” | Nikki Zielinski

“a pathologist’s prayer” | Gail Waldstein

“Why the Sea Does Not Sleep” | Holly Roland

“Lou Gehrig’s: Caesura” | Annie Charlton


2012 William Richey Fiction Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 William Richey fiction contest, judged by Matt Bell. The top three stories will be published in Yemassee 20.1, forthcoming March, 2013.

1st place: David Armstrong | “Patience is a Fruit”

2nd place: Barb Johnson | “Rider”

3rd place: Valerie Wilkinson | “Rattlesnake Ridge”



“498″ | Julian Zabalbeascoa

“Acts of Sedition” | Peter Driscoll

“Bethesda” | David Armstrong

“Daddy” | Nancy Powaga

“Flood Savings” | Michael Chaney

“Lake Living” | Melissa Swantkowski

“Moss Man” | Scott Sanders

“The Peacock Thief” | Tammy Delatorre

“Welcome to Truce” | Anya Groner



Yemassee Pushcart Nominees

We are pleased to nominate three entries, one from each genre we published throughout the last year, for the next Pushcart Best of Small Presses Prize.  

“Astronaut” by Caleb True (fiction)

“Bethany is Dead” by Harmony Neal (nonfiction)

“Jellyfish” by Anna Scotti (poetry)

Congratulations to these three and thank you to all our contributors for making our decision difficult.

To everyone, keep sending us the good work. Maybe we’ll see your name up here next year?