Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought



Yellow Medicine Review (YMR) Spring 2024

Call for Submissions



The Spring 2024 issue of Yellow Medicine Review seeks your finest creative nonfiction essays and poetry. For this issue, let's keep it REAL (biography, autobiography, memoir, slice of life). As always, we seek to showcase the depth and breadth of Indigenous experience and talent. We'd love to see some intergenerational collaborations here. For example, a grandmother/grandfather writes a poem or essay that inspires their son/daughter to write a poem or essay in response that then inspires a granddaughter/grandson to write a poem or essay in response. Couples might collaborate in the same way. While collaborations would be awesome, we're also keenly invested in lifting up the singular voice, especially in pieces that resonate long after the page is turned.


We want to find the wisdom embedded in your experiences, challenges, celebrations, failures, mysteries, histories, accomplishments, fears, desires, bouts of jealousy or confusion or mental abberation or uncontrolled laughter. Keep it close to the bone. Make us feel some kind of way. Might not necessarily be a depiction of something earth shattering. Might be a small, quiet moment or sliver of insight.


 We're eager to read work by elders and newbies and everyone in between and from every corner of indigenous experience. Take a risk. We love risky pieces. Push it. Cross imposed boundaries. Shatter expectations. Challenge norms. But do it brilliantly. 



Deadline for Submissions:     April 12, 2024

Expected Publication Date:    Late May 2024


Submit work as a single email attachment to:

In your email/cover letter, please include the following:

  • Your name and physical mailing address
  • List of all titles and genres (story, creative nonfiction essay, poetry) of included work
  • Short bio
  • Your tribal affiliation [YMR is a journal of Indigenous writing]


 Please adhere to the YMR submission format and guidelines:

  • Send work as a Word or RTF attachment. If  there is unusual formatting in your piece, please also include a PDF.
  • The subject line of your email should read as follows: YMR Spring 2024 Last Name (ex: YMR Spring 2024 Wilson)
  • Simultaneous and/or multiple submissions are acceptable.
  • Please no previously published work (though we do sometimes make exceptions--so maybe ask before submitting such)


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