Substance use is the theme of our 2023 issue, SUBSTANCE.

The call is open from December 2, 2022 through February 5, 2023.

For our reflections on the theme, please visit our website.

We are looking for: unpublished submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, visual art, music, and academic writing (especially works by scholars written in a style that is accessible to the general public).

SUBSTANCE is co-produced by Yale PRCH and the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  Thank you for your interest in The Perch.

Now accepting submissions:

SUBSTANCE – the substance use issue

To read our reflections on the theme of substance use, please visit our web page:

What kind of submissions does The Perch accept?

We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, music, and scholarly writing.

Please submit previously unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. Please submit only one piece to this call.

For creative nonfiction, fiction, and academic writing, please submit one text no longer than 3,000 words.

We prefer the following file formats:

  • Writing: PDF 
  • Writers: please include a title page and put page numbers on all pages following the title page.
  • Visual Art: JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF.  300dpi. We're unable to review art with incorrect specs.
  • Music: m4a, mp3, wav (if your piece is accepted, we will ask that you put it on SoundCloud).
  • Everyone:  Please name your file: [Category]_[First Initial.Last Name]_[Title], e.g. CreativeNonfiction_J.Smith_The Street.

Snail Mail Option

Recognizing that some people do not have access to computer systems and/or may have difficulty with online submissions, we will accept hard copy submissions.  Please include a cover sheet with your work that has your name, address, and best phone number to reach you.  Mail to:


c/o Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

319 Peck Street, Building One

New Haven, CT 06519

Please note, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to return hard copy submissions to you.