Our submissions portal is found here.

The deadline for submission is March 22, 2021.

Prior to submitting your work, please refer to the Guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

YRDE seeks compelling, rigorous, and creative scholarship. This includes essays, poetry, and other multimedia that deal directly with the disability experience, a scope that encompasses theory, activism, analysis, expression, and more. 

Submissions for this issue are open to any and all graduate and undergraduate students, as well as professionals, at universities or institutions of higher education within the United States. Submissions must be sent through the portal linked above by March 22, 2021 for the Spring 2021 issue.

General Guidelines for Print Issues

  • High school students and individuals not currently enrolled in, or otherwise affiliated with, a graduate or undergraduate institution are not eligible to submit academic articles.
  • We accept papers under 30 pages double-spaced; for longer pieces, we can suggest portions to the excerpt.
  • Acceptable file formats are .doc or .docx, although .docx is preferred.
  • For academic submissions, our journal uses the Chicago Manual of Style, but we do not require that pieces are Chicago-formatted upon submission. If a piece is accepted, the author commits to updating the formatting.
  • There are no required topics for general issues. We seek to have a diversity of subjects and perspectives represented. We just ask that all submissions relate at least tangentially to a disability/your personal experience with a disability as a creator. 
  • Please note our copyright policyauthors who publish in YRDE agree to the following: Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The License allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. If reprinted in other journals, the author must credit its initial publication in YRDE (

In the interest of regulating volume, prospective authors, commentators, and/or artists can submit no more than one academic and one non-academic piece per issue. Pieces can be submitted even when we are not officially soliciting; they will be added to the next issue’s submissions pool.

We will accept a certain number of the best submissions for online publication. Additionally, we publish the top essays from the submission pool both in print and online. Our print issues will be circulated across the Yale campus (dining halls, academic buildings, and more) and  disseminated on other college campuses.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to

Online Submissions

In addition to full-length papers for our print issue, YRDE will be soliciting comment-length (300-500 words) pieces on current events in international affairs for online publication. These pieces can be analytical, research-based, op-ed, or based on personal experience. We will also accept reviews of books or other media relevant to the disability experience.

Creative Submissions

Types of work that are considered under the “Creative” submission category include but are not limited to Poetry, Short stories, Visual (illustration, painting, multimedia, digital/graphic design, etc.) Video/film (short films, experimental video art, animation, mini-documentaries) Please limit submissions to 90 minutes maximum. Audio-based (podcasts, original music) Performance-based (theatrical performances, dance, monologues, spoken word poetry) Please limit to 90 minutes maximum.  Of course, submissions can be a combination of these elements. 

Diverse formats and mediums are encouraged for artwork and creative writing submissions. However, we note that in keeping with the mission of YRDE, we ask that submissions adhere to high accessibility standards so that everyone will have the opportunity to engage with and enjoy the work. If you are unsure how to meet these guidelines, just note this in your initial submission form response, and we will work with you to make it happen. That said, here are some things to keep in mind when considering submitting:

  • Any audio-based materials will need to have a transcript and/or captioning. 
  • Visual work will need to be accompanied by a visual description. 
  • Creative writing works should be limited to three pages, single-spaced maximum for print issue consideration. There is no word/page limit for online submissions. 

Visual Art Submission Guidelines

  • Accepted File types: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, SVG, PDF
  • More general information about the pros and cons of file types here

Size and Resolution Guides for print consideration

  • High-quality resolution at 240-300 pixels/inch is the required resolution for any image that you may want to be in the print journal. Pixels/inch are also written as DPI in many cases. Learn more about how to make sure your resolution is a high quality here. On photoshop files specifically, click  here.

Size and Resolution Guides for online

  • high quality (240-300 pixels/inch) is preferred but must be a minimum of 72 pixels/inch. A document with more detailed descriptions is here. 

Written Creative Work Guidelines  

  • File types: PDF, Docx, and google doc with share setting on “can edit” for anyone who has the link.

Video Submission Guidelines 

Videos will be posted on the YRDE youtube account and on the website. 

  • File type must be .Mov, .MPEG4, or .MP4  
    • The MP4 h.264 is the current industry standard for high definition video and provides the most practical way of distributing video content.
    • The standard aspect ratio for YouTube is 16:9. If you upload a video with a different aspect ratio, YouTube will automatically change the size to match your video and the viewer’s device.
  • No more than 90 minutes in length and no more than 128GB (this is about 12 hours of video normally, so it is unlikely that you will hit this).
  • For more information on how to convert video files for compatibility with youtube, click here. 

Audio Submission Guidelines 

  • Accepted File Types: AAC, AC3, and MP3