One short story (up to 5000 words) or up to 3 pieces of flash fiction (less than 1000 words a piece). If submitting 3 shorter works, please include all pieces in one file. 

Please submit in standard manuscript format (12-point font, double spaced, Times New Roman).  

Do not withdraw your work and resubmit a revised version; all pieces should be in their final form when you send them out.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere by manually withdrawing your submission.If a flash piece needs to be withdrawn, please notify us via the notes tool on Submittable. Submit in .docx, .doc, or .pdf format.

If you already have a submission pending with us, please wait for a response before sending another.

It's a good idea to look at our most recent issue before submitting, to get a sense of the size and style of work we tend to like.

Please wait at least 120 days to query about the status of your manuscript. Questions and queries may be sent to 

Yalobusha Review is excited to announce the revival of the Yellowwood Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $500 and publication in YR:27, to be released in the summer of 2018. The contest is open April 20th through May 31st. General submissions will be closed during this time.


Please submit up to 3 poems, totaling no more than 5 pages, through Submittable. We accept only previously unpublished work. All entries will be considered for general publication.

Only one submission per contestant. Simultaneous submissions are not only permitted but expected; please notify us immediately, though, if a piece is chosen for publication elsewhere.

Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript. 

Contest entries must be received by May 31, 2018. Contest results will be announced in June.

There is no contest fee; submissions are free!


YR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with the University of Mississippi or the prize judge, Melissa Ginsburg. This includes those who have studied or taught at the University of Mississippi. 


Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and the noir novel Sunset City, as well as two poetry chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Guernica, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Field, The Iowa Review, and other magazines. She has received support from the Mississippi Arts Council and the Ucross Foundation. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ginsburg attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.