YR accepts free submissions until we have reached capacity for the month. At that point, submitters may use our Tip Jar submissions or wait until the new month to submit for free. Submissions may close during summer months and for our contests, the Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction and the Yellowwood Poetry Prize.


General Guidelines:

  • We only consider online submissions through Submittable.
  • All submissions should include a cover letter (the shorter the better) with titles of submissions, a brief, press-ready biographical statement, and any relevant contact info.
  • YR does not consider previously published pieces.
  • Simultaneous submissions are not only permitted but expected; please notify us immediately via Submittable if a piece is chosen for publication elsewhere.
  • Response time can take up to six months. Please do not query if your work has been under consideration for less than six months. We will only consider one submission per author per genre at a time, so do not submit additional work until a decision has been made regarding your current submission.
  • All rights revert to authors upon publication.


Poetry Guidelines:  
Three to five poems, all in the same file—.doc, .docx, or PDF.


Fiction Guidelines:
One short story up to 4,000 words, or up to three pieces less than 1,000 words each.