The Perch Submission Guidelines

The Perch is a (non-academic) literary journal of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. We conceptualize a “perch” as a vantage point from which to gain certain perspectives, and a place for taking off, incorporating those perspectives. The Perch seeks well-crafted, unpublished work that is related to mental health as encompassing physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. We are interested in individual health in social and cultural contexts.  We invite many voices, including those with a broad, artistic interest in mental health. For Issue 4, we particularly welcome submissions from voices around the world.

All submissions must be made electronically through Submittable.com. There is no entry fee. 

Submission period for Issue 4 (to be published Fall 2017): November 15, 2016 – May 15, 2017

Poetry.  Please send up to three poems in one Word document. Maximum length: 80 lines per poem.

Prose (Creative Fiction and Nonfiction). All submissions should be double spaced, in 12-point font, and under 5,000 words. You can submit one piece of prose at a time. 

Visual Art. A maximum of 5 pieces can be submitted. We require a high resolution image of your piece. Please make sure that all files are at least 2500 pixels high and wide. 

Music. Musical submissions may be from any genre, and may be expressed as (1) lyric/spoken word with instrumental accompaniment; (2) purely instrumental; (3) a cappella.  All submissions must be original works (not covered songs) and must not include any samples from copyrighted material. Royalty-free samples are acceptable with an annotation of the source(s) for verification purposes. A maximum of 3 musical compositions can be submitted. Each composition should be no more than 7 minutes.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. 

All work should be blinded. All identifiable information should be included only in the cover letter portion of the submission process.

The Perch is published online, with a small run in print. Accepted authors will receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears. The Perch acquires first-time North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies.  After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to The Perch is made.

Privacy: Please make sure not to include identifying information for individuals other than yourself in your work. You can refer to HIPAA guidelines to make sure that you are respecting others' privacy.


Ends on May 15, 2017

Musical submissions may be from any genre, and may be expressed as (1) lyric/spoken word with instrumental accompaniment; (2) purely instrumental; (3) a cappella.  

All submissions must be original works (not covered songs) and must not include any samples from copyrighted material. Royalty-free samples are acceptable with an annotation of the source(s) for verification purposes.

A maximum of 3 musical compositions can be submitted. Please include a brief description of your composition(s) in the cover letter portion of the submission.






Ends on May 15, 2017
A maximum of 5 pieces can be submitted.

We require a high resolution image of your piece. Please make sure that all files are at least 2500 pixels high and wide. 

Please include a brief description of your piece(s) (with any identifying information) in the cover letter portion of your submission. The submission piece should be blinded.



Ends on May 15, 2017
All submissions should be in 12-point font. You can submit up to three (3) poems at a time. Please include all poems in a single document.

Please include a brief description of your work (with any identifying information) in the cover letter portion of your submission. The submission itself should be blinded.
Ends on May 15, 2017
All submissions should be double spaced, in 12-point font, and under 5,000 words. You can submit one piece of prose at a time.

Please include a brief description of your work (with any identifying information) in the cover letter portion of your submission. The submission itself should be blinded.