Yemassee is the literary journal of the University of South Carolina’s MFA creative writing program. We were founded in 1993 and have published writing by James Dickey, George Singleton, Ron Rash, Susan Ludvigson, Robert Coover, Virgil Suarez, William Price Fox, Kwame Dawes, Nikky Finney, and many others.
Yemassee reads fiction and poetry submission during the fall months, with a submission fee of $3. We also periodically offer free submission periods throughout the year, typically announced on our Twitter.
Work must be previously unpublished. We do accept simultaneous submission.
Please send us your work via our Submittable page. At this time, we cannot accept postal or email submissions.
To see if your work is a good fit, take a look at the recent work we’ve published in print and on our website.
For poetry, please submit 3-5 poems combined in a single document with no more than one poem per page.
For fiction, we consider stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words in length. (8,000 words is the absolute max.) Please double-space and paginate your document. If you intend to submit shorter works of fiction (1,000 words or less), we encourage you to include 3-5 pieces in a single document.
Yemassee is currently open for submissions! Please submit to us via our Submittable.
You can purchase Yemassee via Submittable as well as our most recent chapbook publications.
Typically we mail out issues within two weeks. However, shipping times may be slower during University holidays and breaks.
Yemassee currently has no ongoing contests. Check back soon for a list of our past content winners.