Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photographs/media.
What We’re Looking For
One way to interpret our journal is to send us stories that hinge upon certain objects (be they more like talismans or harbingers of fate). We like this sort of thing, but we can fit so much more under our umbrella! We are interested, too, in moments of discovery – through an object, yes, but also through a special place, or a flash of insight from a powerful experience.
Go digging in the dirt, in the attic, or in the mind, for the truths we never knew and the truths that we forgot. When you strike gold, send it. We want stories about the things people find when they search, be they scary or sweet or anything in between. Give us dark, give us funny, give us reflective, transcendent, freeing! Focusing on some part of the world, be it big or microscopic, real or imagined, show us how the stuff of our world acts upon us – creating us, the same way we create it.
Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium. In addition to open submissions, the journal’s editorial staff will occasionally identify a particular historical object, collection, exhibit, etc., and call for submissions inspired by the selected artifact or collection.
Please include a brief cover letter and bio of three to five sentences with your submission. Attach each individual submission as a single .doc, .docx., .rtf, or .pdf document. Include your full name on the first page and your last name and page number on subsequent pages of your attachment.
If your written work is accepted to Poor Yorick, we will ask you to provide, if possible, a licensed image of the object(s) or artifact(s) you are writing about or to assist our editorial staff in obtaining a licensed image.
Poetry: Because we accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, we require submissions of each poem as a separate file. If poems are in a single file and one is accepted elsewhere, we will consider the entire submission withdrawn.
Fiction/Nonfiction: Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced and should not exceed 10,000 words in length.
Artwork and Photographs: We accept individual images or up to five images. Send only high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi) in .jpg or .png format. Please provide a description of each image.
Digital Video Shorts/Photoessays: Using our submissions manager, Submittable, insert a link to your work on either YouTube or Vimeo. Please set the permission on both video sites so that Poor Yorick can view it. Please provide us with a password to view the video; you may include the password within the body of your cover letter. Your work should not contain unlicensed music. You must own the rights to your video. Do not submit works that are pending distribution or under ownership of a studio.
Songs: We accept previously recorded and released songs provided the submitted recording has not been released by a major record label. We are interested in songs about subjects that fit with our mission, as well as new recordings of lost or forgotten songs from the past that are now in the public domain.
Response Time, Compensation, and Simultaneous Submissions
We respond to submissions in 1-3 months. We do not accept previously published material. While we welcome simultaneous submissions, please notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you withdraw your submission to us on Submittable.
Unfortunately we cannot pay contributors at this time, but we will work diligently to publicize all work that appears in Poor Yorick through our website and with the help of museums we work with.
Author’s Rights and Notifications
If your work is accepted and you consent to its publication, you grant Poor Yorick Exclusive Internet Rights to publish the work. Accepted work will be featured on Poor Yorick‘s website for at least eight weeks and will be archived on the website thereafter. Poor Yorick retains the right to archive accepted work indefinitely and to promote it electronically. You retain all print rights and other electronic rights. If you do reprint all or a portion of the work, we appreciate the acknowledgment of first publication.
We began publishing work in the Fall of 2014, and will continue to publish material to the website on a regular basis.
Our editorial staff attempts to pair all written work published in Poor Yorick with an image of the object(s) or artifact(s) being written about. To that end, we ask writers submitting to Poor Yorick to attach a high resolution image (at least 300 dpi) in .jpg or .png format with their work. Please also provide written proof of license or permission to reproduce the image. If this is not possible we ask writers to provide contact information where a licensed image can be obtained.
If your work is accepted for publication by Poor Yorick and you have not provided an image we may ask you to assist our editorial staff in obtaining one. If obtaining a licensed image to accompany your work is not possible, please notify us in the cover letter to your submission. This does not disqualify you from acceptance by Poor Yorick, but may be a factor in the selection process.
To celebrate our community of writers in these strange times, where words like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing are weighing heavily on our minds, Poor Yorick is hosting (no-fee) submissions for micro-fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. We want (very) small stories or poems about isolation, quarantine, cabin fever, and the feelings these things provoke.
Write about being socially distant. Write about what you're discovering about yourself, about a partner, friends, strangers. Write about connections you're establishing around you -- or how you're reconnecting with the world in this time of solitude. Submissions must be 250 words or less. Select submissions will be published on Poor Yorick's website! SUBMISSIONS CLOSE APRIL 15th, 2020!
Because we accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, we require each poem to be submitted as separate files. Do not send multiple poems within the same document. You may attach up to five separate files within the same submission form.
We also ask that you withdraw the work from Submittable yourself if it is accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems in a single file and report to us that one of those poems is accepted elsewhere, we will consider the entire submission withdrawn.
Please provide a description of each image.