One of our favorite things about Yemassee is how much it has changed and developed over 26 years of editors and contributors. As we begin our next steps, we’re excited by the possibilities. We hope to grow our online presence by introducing monthly spotlighted works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that will be published on our website throughout our working year, as well as multimedia and graphic design. We want to expand our team and outreach, and continue to perennially reinvent what New Southern Literature means to us with each coming year.

Since October of 2018, Yemassee has established a small reading fee of $3 for our standard fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions.

Starting in September of 2019, we’ve introduced an additional feature for our $6 expedited submissions across all genres: feedback from our editors intended to assist submitters in recognizing their submission’s strengths and constructive comments that we hope will offer insight for revision and in the evaluation processes of 26 year-long, nationally recognized literary journal .

We understand that even a small reading fee can be difficult for some. Because of that we plan to establish a few free reading periods throughout the year. We will do our best to make sure you’re given ample time to prepare for those dates.

As always, thank you so much for your submissions, your reading, and your good-news sharing. We appreciate you allowing us to partake in your work and your creative journeys, and we look forward to an exciting future.

– Cody, Dylan, and Victoria

Yemassee Senior Editors

General Guidelines:

  • Take a look at the recent work we’ve published to see if your work is a good fit. We will begin a monthly publishing schedule on our website in late 2019 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
    (Additionally, we offer our 2 most recent issues for purchase through our website, and will soon offer mystery packages of 2 back issues for $5.)
  •  Please submit through Submittable.  
    (We do not accept postal or email submissions.)
  • Include a short bio and brief cover letter addressed to the appropriate editor, which can be found on our Masthead.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions; please notify us in a note on your Submittable submission if your work is taken elsewhere.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Our average response time is three months. For expedited submissions, we will respond within 30 days, with feedback.
  • Yemassee asks for first-time North American rights, which revert to authors upon publication.
  • We are unable to offer monetary payment at this time. We will provide two contributor copies and promote your work on our social media outlets. Additionally, we feature contributor interviews on the site, host local and AWP readings, and send out Pushcart and Best New Poets nominations.

Genre-Specific Guidelines


Rather than limiting submissions to particular forms, subjects, or styles, we welcome any poems that give us reason to pause, poems that shake something loose from the ether and ask us to come closer, press against them with a listening ear.  We want poems that leap somewhere strange and take us along.  We want lines that strike and flash, that haunt us when we’re alone.  

Your submission should contain 3-5 poems combined in a single document with no more than one poem per page. 

Fiction and Flash Fiction

We welcome fiction that takes chances– in form and tone and style. Submissions that speak to the human experience, evoking thoughts and feelings in ways we might not have seen before. Taking risks is encouraged: expressed through language, vulnerability, honesty, and creative construction. We seek sentences that as readers we want to take with us long after reading. We hope for stories that enact more than just their plot.

Our editors consider stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words in length, with 8,000 words as our maximum acceptable total for general fiction, double-spaced and paginated. We’re open to a wide range of styles and aesthetics.

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 and submit them to our flash fiction category. 

Nonfiction and Flash Nonfiction

We’re looking for personal essays, memoir, and creative nonfiction that offers insight into the inner working of the writer’s own world or the greater, shared world to which they connect. Submissions can focus on issues personal or political, culture in detail or at large, or include any meditative analysis of a prevalent subject affecting you as a writer and human being. Nonfiction submissions should be limited to a single work, with preference given to submissions of 1,000 to 5,000 words, and with a maximum of 8,000 words to be considered for acceptance.

If you intend to submit shorter works of nonfiction (1,000 words or less), we encourage you to include 3-5 pieces in a single documents and submit them to our flash nonfiction category.