Yemassee publishes all genres and forms of writing, including poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, reviews, and interviews, along with visual art. We publish in the fall and spring, printing three to five stories and twelve to fifteen poems per issue. We do not favor any particular aesthetic or school of writing. Quality of writing is our only concern.
We’re seeking quality, previously unpublished work in these genres. We are open to submissions year-round, and we suggest you familiarize yourself with our journal before submitting (Back Issues are available for $5 each).
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, given that you identify them as such on your cover letter and immediately notify us if the submission is accepted elsewhere. Once you have submitted, please wait three months before submitting again.
We accept online submissions through our submissions manager at http://yemassee.submishmash.com/ As of May 2012, we no longer accept paper submissions. Any paper submissions we receive will be recycled.
Submissions for all genres should include a cover letter that lists the titles of the pieces included, along with your contact information (including author’s name, address, email address, and phone number).
You should be sure to look at our masthead and address your submission to the appropriate editor.
Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems combined into a single document, with no more than one poem per page.
While we have published longer work, we typically prefer fiction and nonfiction pieces be 5,000 words or fewer.
Art submissions should be uploaded as up to five separate attachments. The following file types are supported: jpg, gif, tiff, png. All art submissions must be at least 300 dpi at 6 inches x 9 inches or the equivalent. Submissions that do not meet this requirement cannot be considered. Yemassee prints in black and white, but we may consider color art for the cover or the website.
Guidelines specific to our contests are also available on our submissions manager.
Rights and Compensation
Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears, with the option to purchase additional copies at a discounted rate.
Yemassee acquires first-time North American rights. Copyright reverts to authors upon publication.