Yearling publishes unsolicited poetry, and poetry from our community of working writers, once a year in December.
- Submissions are open year round and each submission receives feedback from our editors.
- Yearling encourages simultaneous submissions for previously unpublished work. We do not consider sharing your poem on a blog, social media account, or online group as published.
- If your work is accepted by another online or print publisher, journal, or magazine please withdraw your submission through submittable.
- Contributors will receive 1 copy of the journal upon publication. We hope to be able to pay poets by the end of the third year of publication.
The poems that move us most are the poems that make us forget that we are reading a poem. We believe any style, tone, form, subject matter has that potential.
For free feedback, please send us 1 poem at a time. If you’d like to send us more poems, we charge a fee to pay the editors who are providing feedback. It’s $6 to submit 3 poems and $10 to submit up to 6. Due to the volume of poems we receive, we ask that you only do a submission for free feedback once during a three month time frame.
The working poet is of particular importance to us. We define a working poet as a poet who doesn’t make their living from writing or the teaching of writing. Each issue will include 20 poets from our community of working writers and 20 poets from outside of that community, including those who happen to make their living from writing and teaching writing.
Yearling’s readers and editors are shooting for the quickest possible response time. Since we provide feedback to every submission, we cannot say for certain how long this will take. Poems accepted for publication do not receive feedback and acceptance letters will be sent out by Oct 1 of the year of submission.
Aside from a chance to be published, Yearling provides poets who do not have access to a workshop or a community the opportunity to get feedback on their work. Please do not submit to us unless you are comfortable hearing constructive feedback on your work. We value the time and energy you put into your work. Please be aware that we do not participate in an ongoing dialogue about a poem, but you are welcome to resubmit a piece as many times as you would like, as long as it is once within a three-month time frame.
Rights and Rules
We require First Rights (the first publisher to publish these poems publicly). All rights revert to the authors upon publication. We also require Non-Exclusive Electronic Rights, so that we can share your poem through our digital platforms.
Managing Editor: Manuel J. Grimaldi
Manny Grimaldi is from Louisville, Kentucky. He appeared online in Club Plum Literary Journal Vol 2 Issue 1, 2021. He appeared on Laverne’s Writing Workshop on RADIOLEX as a guest poet on two occasions, and works with Workhorse Writers generating feedback for submitting poets, and as managing editor for The Yearling. He loves to tell stories.
If you are ready to submit: