The Perch: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | December 15, 2016

Produced by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, The Perch is a non-academic literary journal dedicated to publishing poetry, prose, visual art, and music related to mental health. They see The Perch as a place from which readers can gain perspective, and then fly off to new altitudes.

They are interested in work that explores mental health in all of its dimensions—physical, emotional, and spiritual—from both personal and societal vantage points.

The Perch features work by new and established writers from the Yale community and around the world. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read past issues online.

Since 2013, The Perch has been published annually online, with a small print run.  Right now through May 15, 2017, they are seeking submissions for their fourth edition. For this issue, they are especially interested in international voices.

Poets may submit up to three poems, 80 lines or fewer each. Fiction and nonfiction authors may submit one essay, work of narrative nonfiction, piece of flash fiction, or short story, 5,000 words or fewer. All submissions should be blind; authors should include identifying information only in their cover letter. Additionally, authors should follow HIPAA privacy guidelines when identifying others by name in their work.

The Perch accepts submissions online, but not via post or email. They accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors immediately withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Perch, please visit their website at https://theperch.submittable.com/submit.