Originating from Longwood University’s prestigious Dos Passos Prize
for Fiction, The Dos Passos Review actively seeks the best American
writing in the areas of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
We are looking for writing that demonstrates characteristics found
in the work of John Dos Passos, such as an intense and original exploration
of specifically American themes; an innovative quality; and a range of
literary forms, especially in the genres of fiction and creative non-fiction.
We are not interested in genre fiction, or prose that is experiment for
the sake of experiment. We are also not interested in nonfiction that
is scholarly or critical in nature. Send us your best unpublished literary
prose or poetry.
Guidelines are available by e-mail, SASE, or on the website. Please do
not submit material to the magazine electronically. If accepted, an electronic
version may be requested. Send submissions addressed to Editor, indicating
on the envelope if the work enclosed is fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
Include a brief cover letter listing previous publications, if any, and
a fifty-word bio. Enclose SASE with your submission and with any subsequent
inquiries. Work without SASE --- even if the cover letter includes an
e-mail address --- will be discarded. Please do not submit again
until you have been notified of the status of your current submission.
is okay if notified. We are all writers who have waited for editors' replies;
we'll do our best to respond in a timely manner, two to twelve weeks.
Reading periods vary: May 1-July 30 for Fall Issue, February 1- April
30 for Spring Issue. Submissions postmarked outside these reading periods
will be returned unread.
Stories or essays should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with
your name, address, phone number, and e-mail on the first page, title
on subsequent pages. We are unable to read entire manuscripts, novellas,
or submissions of more than one story (roughly 3,000 words) at a time.
One story at a time, please.
Poems (one to three per submission) should be typed with your name, address,
email, and phone number on the first page of each.
We believe wholeheartedly that writers should be paid for their efforts
and their art; unfortunately, as we begin our literary journey together,
monetary payment isn't possible. Contributors will receive one copy. Support
your favorite literary journals by subscribing, making continued publication
and writers' payments possible.
Editor, The Dos Passos Review
Department of English and Modern Languages
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909