Submission Guidelines

Acheson Prize Submissions — due March 30.

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.


We accept papers under 40 pages double-spaced; for longer pieces, we can suggest portions to excerpt.

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.

Acheson Prize: the Acheson Prize issue is a specialty issue published by YRIS in the spring. Those who submit to the Acheson Prize issue and whose pieces are selected into the top five by YRIS editors are eligible to win up to $500, contingent on the deliberations of YRIS’s faculty judging panel. For prize money breakdown, see the poster above. The five pieces selected for publication will appear in the print Acheson Prize issue, forthcoming in April/May, as well as on our website in the “Acheson Prize” category.

All submissions should be sent to by March 30 in order to be considered for our Acheson Prize print issue, forthcoming in April/May.


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 the 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.

Essays accepted into our print issue will also be published on the YRIS website. 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 the print managing editor of YRIS, Zeshan Gondal, at

Online Submissions



In addition to full-length papers for our print issue, YRIS is currently soliciting comment-length (300-500 words) pieces on current events in international affairs for online publication. These pieces can be analytical, research-based, op-eds, 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, email our online managing editor at

Issue-specific Information

Intercollegiate Issue

Official solicitation for next year’s Intercollegiate Issue will begin in May 2018, with a probable deadline of late June or early July. Submissions can be sent at any point during the year. The Intercollegiate Issue is open to submissions from non-Yale undergraduates.

Winter Issue

Official solicitation for our next Winter Issue will begin around November 2018. The Winter Issue is open to Yale undergraduates.

Spring Issue

Official solicitation for our next Spring Issue will begin around January 2018. The Spring Issue is open to Yale undergraduates.

Acheson Issue

Official solicitation for our next Acheson Issue has begun. Please read the “print submissions” section of this page for more information. Submissions are due on March 30. The Acheson Issue is open to Yale undergraduates.

YRIS is a student publication, and Yale University is not responsible for its content.