Submissions are currently closed for summer break.

Dispatch your submissions to, with your subject line in the following format: “[Last name] – [Genre] – Palimpsest: [Volume Name]”.

Only send us original work that has not been published elsewhere, including online publications and personal blogs.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must label your submission as such and inform us promptly when work has been accepted elsewhere and can no longer be considered for inclusion in Palimpsest.

For each reading period, you are permitted to submit work in more than one genre (e.g., poems and music), but you may only submit one time per reading period.

When you publish with Palimpsest: Yale Graduate Literary and Arts Magazine, you agree to grant us first serial rights, but once your work has been published, rights revert back to you. You also grant us non-exclusive reprint rights, which means that we might use brief excerpts or thumbnails in our Archives or in publicity materials. We ask that if you republish your work after it has appeared in Palimpsest that you credit us as the original publication venue.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Palimpsest. We look forwarding to reviewing your work.


Your submission should be sent in standard manuscript format. Please limit pieces to no more than 3000 words. Title your attachment as follows: “lastname_fiction.” Submissions are limited to one story per reading cycle. We ask that you please include your bio statement in the body of your submission e-mail.


Submit up to five poems (no more than ten pages total) in a single document. Title your attachment as follows: “lastname_poetry.” We ask that you please include your bio statement in the body of your submission e-mail.


We welcome nonfiction submissions in the following areas:

— Cultural criticism (2000–3000 words)
— Personal essays (1500–3000 words)
— Hybrid forms (lyric essays, photo essays)

We also gladly consider work that does not fall under any of the categories mentioned. Pieces drawing on academic research should be written for a general audience and should clearly formulate their significance for that audience. We look for writing that that conveys a distinct fascination or concern with its topic, and which aims to create that same engagement on the part of readers. Title your attachment as follows: “lastname_nonfiction.” We ask that you please include your bio statement in the body of your submission e-mail.


We welcome submissions from artists working in all media. Please submit up to six works, as image files or links to video or other media documented online. Title each attachment as follows: “lastname_title.” Along with your submission, please include a short description of the works and/or the project to which they belong.

Please note that the publication will be printed in one color (i.e. in grayscale); however we will  feature color images, video work and other time-based media online.


Between our printed and digital platforms, Palimpsest is able to showcase video and audio material alongside the image and text works that will be featured in the magazine. As such, we accept submissions of experimental and electronic compositions, sound art pieces (scores, instructions, recordings), conceptual pieces, unique or invented instruments, and sound installations. In addition to recorded works, we are interested in highlighting the visual components of sound and music – particularly graphic scores and other unconventional means of representing sound, including unfinished plans or sketches. Compositions for small chamber ensembles will be considered for performance at Palimpsest launch events, in collaboration with performers at the Yale School of Music.

— Video and sound recordings should not exceed 10 minutes. Please include a written description of the project.


We accept images and written observations on phenomena, events, or occasions related to contemporary architecture and the city that are pithy one or two page remarks (100–500 words). Images may accompany text or stand alone, but they must be captioned and credited appropriately. All images must be submitted in grayscale, low resolution PDF (72 dpi to be viewed on screen). High resolution images will be requested for final printing.