The Dos Passos Review

General Call for Submissions

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 Send us your best unpublished literary prose or poetry.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 or on the website. Dos Passos Review will be phasing out paper submissions. Please send all submissions as a Word attachment to: Include specific genre in the subject line, e.g. POETRY, FICTION, NONFICTION.

Include a brief cover letter listing previous publications, if any, and a fifty-word bio. Please do not submit again until you have been notified of the status of your current submission.

Simultaneous 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: April 1-July 31 for Fall Issue, February 1- May 31 for Spring Issue.

Prose Submissions
Stories or essays should be 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. We do not accept novel excerpts. If submitting flash fiction (less than 1000 words), you may submit up to three pieces.

Poetry Submissions
Poems (three to five 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 two copies. Support your favorite literary journals by subscribing, making continued publication and writers’ payments possible.

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