We're very excited to consider your work. HOWEVER--a few caveats:

* 3-5 poems, all in the same file--.doc or .docx. If you absolutely cannot do either of these file formats, use PDF. Please no TextEdit or whatever.

* Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, so long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdraw your submission via Submittable, or if it's a partial withdrawal, let us know on Submittable's "notes" feature. (Plz no emails.)

* Please wait to hear back from us before submitting again. 

* Please do not withdraw your work to resubmit a revised version. All poems should be in their final state when you send 'em out.

* If we suspect that your submission has been filed by a professional coordinating service, we will probably reject it immediately.

* In your cover letter, please don't spend time telling us the names of all the people you've studied with. It's, like, totally boring!!

* It's a good idea to read our most recent issue before submitting in order to get a sense of the sort of poetry we tend to like.

THANK YOU! We look forward to reading!

Ends on October 31, 2017

Yalobusha Review is thrilled to announce the revival of the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction.


Beloved teacher and former director of the University of Mississippi MFA program, Barry Hannah was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He joined the UM faculty in 1982, and served as MFA director from 2001 until his death in 2010. Author of many works, including National Book Award finalist Geronimo Rex, the critically acclaimed collection Airships, and Pulitzer Prize finalist High Lonesome, Hannah received numerous awards during his career including The William Faulkner Prize and the Robert Penn Warren Lifetime Achievement Award. Known for his sharp use of language and electric energy, Hannah’s writing blends traditional genre conventions and pushes the limits of the Southern literary tradition.

Named in memoriam, the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction celebrates writing that captures the strange, surreal, absurd, and magical. It is in this spirit that we announce a theme for this contest. We are looking for stories that align themselves with fairy tales, folk tales, and mythology. Stories may approach this theme broadly or narrowly, thematically, formally, or both. Stories may be based on magical realism, literary realism, and anything in between. We are most interested in stories that reconfigure the old into something new.

Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers, will serve as the final judge for this contest. Lacey has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, and named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young American Novelists. She is the 2017-2018 Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. For more information on Catherine Lacey, please visit https://www.catherinelacey.com/

General fiction submissions will close on September 30th and reopen again in December for the Spring issue (note: poetry submissions will remain open). Contest Submissions are free, and will be open from October 1st through October 31st. First prize winner will win $500 and publication in the Winter issue of Yalobusha Review. All finalists will also be considered for publication. Winners and finalists will be announced in December.

Please note: Submissions will be judged blind. Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript.

Yalobusha Review seeks stories that resist outdated tropes and ideologies, rather than uphold them. Writers of color, women writers, and writers who identify as LGBTQIA+ are especially encouraged to submit. We will consider stories of 5,000 words or less. All work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please withdraw the submission immediately via Submittable if accepted elsewhere. Only one submission per writer.