All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished in print or online (including on private websites/blogs). We consider translations, which can be submitted to the relevant genre form on Submittable. We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that we be notified promptly if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

For submissions procedures and guidelines concerning the kinds of writing we’re interested in, please see the “Submissions” section of our website.

The Yale Review is a small, editorially independent organization that relies primarily on its own funds to operate. To defray the costs of hosting and running Submittable, we need to charge $3 per submission. Submitters may claim the cost against a new subscription to the journal. However, we feel that financial hardship should not be an impediment to submission, and we offer a limited number of fee-free submissions for qualified applicants. If for any reason the fee is an impediment, please email theyalereview@yale.edu with the subject head "Fee Waiver" for instructions on how to enter a submission.

We pay writers for the pieces we publish. Payment for poetry ranges from $50 to $75; payment for fiction and nonfiction ranges from $100 to $150 for online-only publication. Payment for prose pieces in the print journal vary, depending on length. Authors receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears. Authors retain copyright and will receive a contract upon acceptance.

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We are interested in essays with a strong argumentative bent, essays that blend memoir and criticism, essays that play with form, and essays that make us see the subject described in a new way. If you’re not sure whether your piece is best described as an essay or as criticism, submit it through our essay form. 


We’re looking for pieces of up to 3,000 words for online publication and pieces of up to 7,500 words for our print issues. Nonfiction submissions should be accompanied by a summary of approximately 250 words describing the nature and scope of the piece or its key claims in the relevant Submittable field.

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We publish criticism that is argument-driven and makes a larger claim about the work at hand; we do not publish book reviews. We welcome submissions from academics who want to write for a broader audience, non-academics with a bent for theorizing, and critics who don’t fit into either of those categories. We welcome formally inventive criticism. Most of all we are looking for writing that makes strong, startling, vital arguments about politics, history, literature, music, art, film/TV, internet culture, or subjects you think merit our attention. We suggest you look at recent issues for a sense of the kind of pieces we publish.

We are currently looking for pieces of up to 3,000 words to publish on our website and of up to 7,500 words for our print issues. Submissions should be accompanied by a summary of approximately 250 words describing the key claims or arc of the piece in the relevant Submittable field.

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We publish poetry in a wide range of styles, including formally experimental pieces. Above all, we want poems that couldn't have been written by anyone but you. 


Submit up to five poems in a single document, with each poem beginning on a new page. No more than ten pages total. 

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The Yale Review publishes fewer short stories than we do nonfiction pieces or poems. We are looking for fiction that stands apart and announces itself urgently: stories from voices we haven’t heard before, and stories with a distinctive use of style. We do not accept or consider novel excerpts unless they work as standalone pieces.

We are accepting submissions of stories of up 7,500 words for our print issues. We are also accepting submissions of very short fiction of up to 2,500 words to publish on our website.

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