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Beta Reader Program

What is the Beta Reader Program?

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Unfortunately, The YEW Journal is not currently accepting submissions for The Beta Reader Program. Feel free to read our guidelines, but it is unknown when we will be opening our submissions again at this time.

We know it's difficult to find safe ways to connect with beta readers. That's why we developed this program!

The Beta Reader Program provides free feedback and resources to teen and young adult writers seeking to improve their work. We are passionate about strengthening your writing and encouraging your voice on the page. However, it's important to consider what best suits your writing style. Our journal editors understand that open communication is crucial to answering all the questions and concerns you have about your work. We are here to guide you, not take control. After you read over the guidelines, click the button below to send your work to our editors. We look forward to reading your work!



  • FOR POETRY: submit no more than 3 poems (up to 6 pages total).

  • FOR FICTION & NONFICTION: Submit no more than 2,000 words.

  • FOR MANUSCRIPTS (any genre): Submit no more than 25 pages (up to 6,000 words).

  • Use legible font (ex. Times New Roman, Ariel, Helvetica).

  • Upload your work in a single document.

  • If you are submitting your work in languages other than English, please include a translated version for each work. This is not to privilege English speakers, but to allow our editorial team to accurately comprehend your work and provide you with detailed feedback.


Responses can take up to 2 months. We thank you for your patience.​​


For manuscripts longer than 25 pages, please contact us at to schedule a consultation with an editor.



Q: Will my work be published online with this program?

A: No. Your work will not be published or shared with anyone outside of our editing team. If you wish to submit your work to The YEW Journal, you must complete a separate submission process. Click HERE to do so.

Q: Can I submit work that has already been published or submitted elsewhere?

A: Yes and yes. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable since we will not be publicly sharing your work.

Q: When can I expect feedback?

A: For shorter works (under 6 pages), you can expect feedback within 30 days of submitting your work. For longer works (7-25 pages), you can expect feedback within 2 months of submitting.

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