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Vinyl magazine categories are not currently open to submissions. They will open again in the fall. Please scroll down for various guidelines.


Here’s what we are looking for:

Poetry Submit 3-5 unpublished poems in a single file. If one or more of these poems is picked up prior to hearing back from us, please notify us immediately through the submission manager.

Fiction/CNF Submit a handful of flash fiction/cnf or a single fiction or creative nonfiction piece totaling not more than 15 double-spaced pages of unpublished work. ?We are particularly interested in voice driven prose in this category.

Essay Submit an essay of 1500-2000 words (could be longer if the topic requires it). We are looking for thought provoking pieces on current events,?works of art, literature, cultural trends, and personal moments.

Book Reviews We are looking for both traditional reviews and lyric essays with a book or books at their center. If you are addressing multiple books, not all of them need to be newly released. For example, you might offer a retrospective across an author’s work as you review the newest addition to the author’s catalog. You are welcome to submit a completed review or a query along with links to published reviews. If you send a query and your?query is accepted, we are happy to procure a copy of the book for you if you don’t already have it.

A few more details:

  • All pieces should be original and previously unpublished in any format in English.
  • We acquire first?serial rights worldwide in English?and non-exclusive anthology rights.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.?If your submission (or a portion of)?is picked up prior to hearing back from us, please notify us immediately through the submission manager.
  • Please don’t send more than one?submission per category; wait until your work is accepted or declined before submitting again.
  • Please direct all inquiries and comments to
  • We do our best to respond within a reasonable amount of time but we have no slush pile readers here and since the vast majority of the work we publish comes from that beautiful pile it takes the editors some time to work through submissions. Thank you for?your patience.


2018 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest will open Dec 15, 2017

The contest is open to poetry, prose, and mixed genre chapbook manuscripts, 20-35 pages in length including title page and table of contents. Submissions will be open from Dec 15, 2017 to Feb 15, 2018. Submission fee: $12.? Winner will receive the following:

Additionally, at least 2 Finalists will receive the following:

  • Much sincere public congratulations for being finalists
  • Possible publication by YesYes Books (if a finalist is chosen for publication the contestant will receive all of the items the winner will receive except the $250 prize). YesYes Books does not guarantee publication of finalists.

Winner and Finalists will be announced via all the various forms of social media and online publicity YesYes has at its disposal on or about May 1, 2018.

Eligibility and Other Contest Details:

  • Entry Fee: $12
  • Manuscripts must be 20-35 pages in length.
  • The deadline for entry is 11:59 pm PST, February 15, 2018.
  • The winner and finalists will be chosen by?YesYes Books Publisher and Vinyl Coeditor In Chief KMA Sullivan with help from some of the fantastic?YesYes Books/Vinyl editorial staff. Entries will be read blind throughout.
  • The manuscript may include pieces that have been published previously, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Collaborations are eligible.
  • You are welcome to submit to both the Pamet River (see below) and Vinyl 45 contests.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine (indeed, expected), but entries should be withdrawn immediately through the Submittable system if accepted elsewhere. The entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Once submitted, manuscripts may not be revised during the reading period without a complete withdrawal and?resubmission which would include the payment of a new entry fee. You may enter the contest as many times as you like, but each entry will require its own separate entry fee.
  • Your manuscript must be a single Word doc, docx,?or PDF. Please include a title?page and table of contents (if applicable). We prefer paginated submissions.
  • Please check that your name, email address, and other contact information does not appear anywhere in the document, including the title page. Do not include publication acknowledgements.?Your contact information will be saved by our submission manager and revealed to the readers/editors after the winner and finalists have been chosen.
    When you submit your manuscript you will be asked to pay the fee first and then be invited to upload your manuscript.

Previous Vinyl 45s include:
Inside My Electric City by Caylin Capra-Thomas
Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (A Blue Note Edition) by Elizabeth Acevedo
A History of Flamboyance by Justin Phillip Reed
Juned by Jenn Marie Nunes
Dream with a Glass Chamber by Aricka Foreman
After by Fatimah Asghar
No by Ocean Vuong
Still, the Shore by Keith Leonard

Bad Star by Rebecca Hazelton
and many other amazing collections!

If, after reading these guidelines, you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact KMA Sullivan at


From YesYes Books:

2018 Pamet River Prize will open Dec 15, 2017?

The Pamet River Prize is an annual, nomination-based contest open to first or second full-length books of poetry or prose by female-identifying or gender-queer writers. You may nominate your own work or the work of others from Dec 15, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018.


  • Provide a cover letter with name, contact information, and a brief bio of the writer whose work is being nominated. If you are nominating the work of a writer other than yourself, you are welcome to include some words regarding why you are nominating the work of this particular writer – though such testimony is not required. If you are nominating your own work (which we also strongly encourage) along with your brief bio you may include a few words on your full-length project – again, this is not required. Max word count for bio and statement is 250 words.
  • Submit a sample consisting of a) 10 poems, b) a single story, or c) a section of a novella, memoir, or short novel. Maximum length of sample: 20 pages.
  • Sample revisions are not allowed during nomination period. You are welcome to withdraw and resubmit the sample but it will require an additional fee.
  • Nomination fee: $12.
  • Semi-finalists chosen from nominated samples will be invited to submit full manuscripts. They will be given two months from invitation to send in their full manuscripts.

Winner will receive the following:

  • Publication by YesYes Books with a minimum print run of 1000
  • $500 prize plus 100 author copies
  • An additional $500 toward tour expenses
  • Help with planning and managing opening book tour

YYB may also offer publication to manuscripts beyond the winner. Those authors will receive everything listed above except for the prize money.

2014 Pamet River Prize Winner: Pelican by Emily O’Neill

2015 Pamet River Prize Winner: i be, but i ain’t by Aziza Barnes

YYB will also be publishing The Feeder by Jennifer Jackson Berry and Gilt by Raena Shirali from the 2015 Pamet River Prize pool.

2016 Pamet River Prize Winner: What Runs Over by Kayleb Rae Candrilli

YYB will also be publishing Gutter by Lauren Brazeal from the 2016 Pamet River pool.


2017 Open Reading Period for full-length poetry collections will open on April 1, 2017

Submission period: April 1 – May 15. Reading fee: $22. Reading fee entitles you to any print or digital title in our current catalog (unless it is sold out).?We will publish at least one poetry collection in 2018 from this reading period with the possibility of two more in 2019.

  • 40 author copies
  • $1000 advance toward royalties
  • 20%-30% royalties
  • $500 toward tour expenses

Additional details:
Manuscripts must include 48-100 numbered pages of poetry and a table of contents.
Simultaneous submissions are fine (of course!), just let us know if your manuscript is picked up elsewhere.

Finalists will be announced on or about September 1.

Open Reading Period for full-length fiction?manuscripts (novel, novella, or short story collections) will open on?April 1, 2017

We are looking for a range of genre and narrative style but in general we desire?fiction of strong voice and ebullient ingenius imagination. Think Kelly Link, Octavia Butler, Noy Holland, Michael Cunningham, Terry Pratchett, and Nnedi Okorafor.?We reserve the right not to choose a manuscript?but hope to?publish from?one?to three manuscripts?from this reading period.?
Full-length publication with YYB comes with the following:

  • 40 author copies
  • $1000 advance toward royalties
  • 20%-30% royalties
  • $500 toward tour expenses

Additional details:
Submission period: April 1 – May 15 2017. Reading fee: $22.
Submit an excerpt?consisting of up to 50 pages of your novel, novella, or short story collection. You may include a cover letter with a summary of?the project as a whole (not more than two pages) but such a cover letter is not required.?Revisions are not allowed during submission?period. You are welcome to withdraw and resubmit the sample?but it will require an additional submission?fee.
Simultaneous submissions are fine (of course!), just let us know through the Submittable system if your manuscript is picked up elsewhere.

Semi-finalists will be chosen by?July 1, 2017 and?will be invited to submit full manuscripts. Semi-finalist authors?will be given two months from invitation to send in their full manuscripts.

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