We're very excited to consider your work. Please note the following guidelines:

* 3-5 poems, all in the same file—.doc, .docx, or 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.

* 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!

Named in memoriam, the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction celebrates southern United States writing at its finest. It is in this spirit that we announce a theme for this contest: We are looking for stories that examine the United States South. Stories may approach this theme broadly or narrowly, geographically, thematically, formally, or all of the above. For this contest, we are looking for stories that push on southern boundaries, defy stereotypical narratives about what the U.S. South is and what it is to be southern, and / or in some way question the notion that the U.S. South is definable. Most importantly, we are looking for authors and characters whose voices have been marginalized or silenced and stories that have been underrepresented. 

First prize winner will win $500 and publication in the Winter issue of Yalobusha Review. 

Garth Greenwell will serve as the final judge for this contest.  Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. He lives in Iowa City.  

Please note: 

  • Contest Submissions will be open from September 15th through October 15th. 
  • This year we are charging a small fee of $5 for each submission. 
  • Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript.
  • We will consider stories of up to 7,500 words.
  • All work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please withdraw the submission immediately via Submittable if accepted elsewhere. 
  • Multiple submissions are allowed; writers must pay the contest fee for each submission.



We are open to realism, surrealism, magical realism and everything in between. 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. All submissions will be considered for general publication. Winner and finalists will be announced in December.


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