Will I get to keep my publication rights?

Yes. The Yolo Crow requires one-time only publication rights for your piece. This means you give us permission to publish your work once and only once, after which you may publish it elsewhere if you choose. We will never edit, change, or reprint your work without your permission.


I've already published my story in another journal. Can I still submit it to The Yolo Crow?

Yes. Previously published work is welcome at The Yolo Crow provided that you have the right to publish your story or poem again and that you did not give those rights to the original publisher. You are in charge of keeping track of your own publication rights. An excellent source for information on publication rights as well as outlets to publish your work is the "Writer's Market" series by Writer's Digest Books. Look for it at your local bookstore or library.


How are pieces chosen for the magazine?

When your work is received, one copy will be stored with your submission form in our main office. The other copies will be tagged with a serial number rather than your name and distributed to our editors for review. Three editors will read your piece and rate it. At an editorial meeting prior to publication, our senior staff will decide which pieces will be included in the next edition. You will be notified by mail at this time.


I sent in a submission. Why haven't I heard from you yet?

The magazine is published quarterly. Submission deadlines and publication dates for each edition are as follows:

Season Submission Deadline Publication Date
Spring March 1 April 15
Summer June 1 July 15
Fall September 1 October 15
Winter December 1 January 15

Letters regarding submission status are generally mailed 1-2 weeks prior to publication. If you have not received your letter by the publication date, it could be that:

  1. Your submission did not arrive by the submission deadline. All pieces that we receive after a submission deadline automatically go under consideration for the next edition.
  2. Your submission was incorrect. We receive so many submissions, that we are not able to respond to those who do not follow our submission guidelines. If a submission arrives without a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope), the author will not be informed of the submission's acceptance status. If a submission arrives without a signed submission form, or without the required four copies of the piece in the proper format, the submission will be discarded without consideration for publication and without notification. Please review our submission guidelines to see if this could apply to you.
  3. It is possible we did not receive your submission. If you feel that your submission was complete and on-time and you have not heard from us by the expected date, please email us. Include our name and the title of your piece.


Please contact us if you have any further questions.

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