Submission Guidelines

Please read our submission guidelines carefully before submitting.

YRIS seeks interesting, diverse and compelling scholarship on international questions broadly understood: the relations between countries, trends or challenges of transnational or global scope, and the interaction of people and ideas from different countries.

YRIS accepts submissions on any topic or discipline that has broad relevance to international affairs, and you can read past issues at for a guide of what we are looking for. The top three submissions will be published in our print Issue, and a certain percentage of all submissions will be published on our website.

Submissions are now closed for our 2023 Acheson Issue.

Submissions are now closed for our 2023 high school essay competition. Stay tuned for our 2024 competition next spring!

Guidelines and FAQs for Print Submissions:

Graduate students, high school students, and individuals not currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution are not eligible to submit.

    • We accept papers under 40 pages double-spaced; for longer pieces, we can suggest portions to excerpt.
    • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, although .docx is preferred
    • Our journal uses the Chicago manual of style, but we do not require that pieces are Chicago formatted upon submission.
    • There are no required topics for each issue, though we do seek to have a variety of subjects and regions represented in each issue.
    • We only accept undergraduate pieces, and we refer graduate students and others above the undergraduate level to the Yale Journal of International Affairs at
    • Due to a high volume of submissions, one author may only submit one paper per issue. Pieces can be submitted even when we are not officially soliciting, and we will add them to the pool for our upcoming issue.
    • Submitted articles must be previously unpublished work by the listed author(s). We will not publish an article that has already been accepted at other journals.
    • YRIS takes plagiarism very seriously. Submissions must represent the original work of the listed authors, and information that authors use in their article must be attributed to original sources. Submissions with multiple authors are permitted.
    • YRIS reserves the right to retract any published article if our staff finds that the article does not adhere to submission guidelines.

We accept a certain percentage of the best submissions for online publication. Additionally, we publish the top 3 essays in the submission pool both in print and online. Our print issues are circulated across the Yale campus (dining halls, academic buildings, and more) and are also disseminated to 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, YRIS is currently soliciting comments (300-500 words) or analysis pieces (800-1200 words) pertaining to current events in international affairs for online publication. These pieces can be analytical, research-based, opinion, or based on personal experience. We also accept reviews of books or other media relevant to international affairs. If you have a timely, relevant pitch, any inquiries, or interest, please fill out this form. Please note that we will not, at this time, be accepting pitches outside of this form. If you have any outstanding questions, please email our online managing editors at,,, and

Issue-specific Information

Global Issue

Official solicitation for our Global Issue begins in September. Undergraduate students at universities outside of the United States are eligible to submit essays for review.

Winter Issue

Official solicitation for our Winter Issue is from Oct. 1 – Nov. 15. The Winter Issue is open for submissions from any undergraduate student from anywhere in the world.

Spring Issue

Official solicitation for our Spring Issue is from Jan. 17 – March 17. The Spring Issue is open for submissions from any undergraduate student from anywhere in the world.

Acheson Prize Issue

Official solicitation for our next Acheson Prize Issue is from March 1 – April 14. The Acheson Prize Issue is open to Yale undergraduates only.