Guidelines

Call For Submissions:

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets.  The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

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.
 
How To Submit:

Poor Yorick evaluates submissions exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable, which can be accessed here.

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.  Please read more about our image policy here.
 

Poetry: Because we accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, we require submission of each poem as a separate file.

Do not send multiple poems within the same file.

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in a single file and report to us that one of those poems is accepted elsewhere, we will consider the entire submission withdrawn.
 

Fiction/Nonfiction: Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced and should not exceed 10,000 words in length.
 

Artwork and Photography: We accept individual images or up to 6 images. Send only high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi) in .jpg or .png format.

Please provide context for 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 contain no 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 will respond to your submission in 1-3 months. We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published material.

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 8 weeks and will be archived on the website thereafter. Poor Yorick will retain the right to archive the work indefinitely and to promote the work electronically. You retain all print rights and other electronic rights. If you do reprint all or a portion of the work, we appreciate the usual acknowledgment for first publication.
 
Publications:

We began publishing work in the Fall of 2014, and will continue to publish material to the website on a rolling basis.

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