Click here to submit the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction. Submissions are open now through November 1st.


Yalobusha Review is a journal of new writing, founded in 1995 and operated by the graduate writing program at the University of Mississippi. We seek to showcase work that alters or subverts mainstream forms of expression–work that is, in a broad sense, experimental, though that takes many forms. We believe the reading experience should be a kinetic one, and to that end, we favor art that has its own source of energy, drawn from tonal individuality, linguistic texture, and above all, a sense of exploration. 

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 contests and summer months. 

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 information. YR does not accept previously published pieces. Simultaneous submissions are not only permitted but expected; please notify us immediately if a piece is chosen for publication elsewhere. Response time can take up to five or six months. 

NOTE: All Tip Jar contributions made during the reading period of Issue 32 from now to the end of December, 2020, excepting our fiction contest reading period in October, will be donated to the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective, a coalition of social workers, attorneys, and activists working to end the injustices perpetrated by Mississippi’s cash bail system. 

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NOTE: All Tip Jar contributions for the upcoming issue will be donated to the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective, a coalition of social workers, attorneys, and activists working to end the injustices perpetrated by Mississippi’s cash bail system. 

Fiction submissions are open now until March 31, 2020. 

We are looking for short experimental fiction that pushes the boundaries on conventions of the genre, whether through form, voice, POV, setting, or otherwise. We accept one short story (up to 4000 words) or up to 3 pieces of flash fiction (less than 1000 words apiece). 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).  

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.  

Please wait thirty days after response before submitting again. 

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 the status of your manuscript. Questions and queries may be sent to yreditors@gmail.com. 

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NOTE: All Tip Jar contributions for the upcoming issue will be donated to the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective, a coalition of social workers, attorneys, and activists working to end the injustices perpetrated by Mississippi’s cash bail system. 

We are excited to consider your work. Please note the following guidelines:

  • 3-5 poems, all in the same file—.doc, .docx, or PDF. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdraw your submission via Submittable, or if it is a partial withdrawal, let us know on Submittable's notes feature. Do not email us.
  • 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 them out.
  • It is 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 your work.

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Fiction submissions are open now until March 31, 2020. 

We are looking for short experimental fiction that pushes the boundaries on conventions of the genre, whether through form, voice, POV, setting, or otherwise. We accept one short story (up to 4000 words) or up to 3 pieces of flash fiction (less than 1000 words apiece). 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).  

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.  

Please wait thirty days after response before submitting again. 

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 the status of your manuscript. Questions and queries may be sent to yreditors@gmail.com. 

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We are excited to consider your work. Please note the following guidelines:

  • 3-5 poems, all in the same file—.doc, .docx, or PDF.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdraw your submission via Submittable, or if it is a partial withdrawal, let us know on Submittable's notes feature. Do not email us.
  • 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 them out.
  • It is 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 your work.

Named in memoriam, the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction celebrates writing that captures the surreal, absurd, and magical. 

Theme: Interruptions

2020 has forced us to find ways to cope with drastic, wide-reaching interruptions to our regular programming. The possibilities that bubble from this breach are endless and motley: some have stumbled upon strange longings, others have confronted startling pockets of grief, and a lucky few have experienced magnificent metamorphoses. For this year’s contest, we seek experimental fiction that breaks up routine actions and processes—both in terms of form and content—and makes us reflect on the space between what was and what will be. We seek to read work that interrupts what we’re doing, what we’re thinking, and how we’re feeling. 

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

We are proud to announce that our 2020 judge is Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was published by One World Random House. The novel was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. It was longlisted for the PEN America Open Book Prize, the Center for Fiction Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. The novel was also a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and Kenyon Review. A New Orleans native, Ruffin is a professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University, and the 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His next book The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You will be published by One World Random House in 2021.

Please note: 

  • Contest Submissions will be open from October 1st through November 1st. 
  • This year we are charging a small fee of $5 for each submission. 
  • Please do not include your name or other identifying information anywhere on the manuscript.
  • We will consider pieces of up to 4,000 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.


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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