The Dillydoun Review is an online literary journal. We do not yet have a print edition. We publish issues monthly, online only. We also publish TDR Daily (our blog), online only.

Work submitted is considered for both the upcoming issue and our daily publication.

Beginning January 2022 we will look back at 2021 and select the best of all our publications for a print anthology. Work published in issues AND TDR Daily will be considered.

Reading Period?

TDR accepts unsolicited submissions year-round.

What is TDR Looking For?

If it is good,  we want to read it.

We are looking for short stories, flash fiction, prose poetry, poetry, creative nonfiction, articles, essays, interviews, and reviews.

Have an idea for something which falls outside the box? Pitch it here first.

All voices are welcome. However, TDR will not tolerate writing which fosters or promotes discrimination and hatred.

Word Limit?

If you have something wonderful, drastically beyond the word limit guidelines, pitch it here first. We rarely publish anything over 8,000 words.

Fiction - 1,000 - 5,000 - submit only one at a time.

Flash Fiction - up to 1,000 - submit up to three at a time.

Prose Poetry - up to 1,000 - submit up to three at a time.

Nonfiction - 1,000 - 5,000 - submit only one at a time.

Flash Nonfiction - up to 1,000 - submit up to three at at time

Articles/Interviews/Reviews - play it by ear - submit only one at a time.


Response Time?

If you haven't heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com

Languages?

All voices are welcome but, at the moment, TDR is only able to read submissions in English.

Simultaneous Submissions?

We consider simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Previously Published?

We do not consider previously published work.

Payment?

Not yet. But, as we grow, so will author payment.

Rights?

Upon acceptance, TDR acquires first worldwide serial rights and archival rights*. All rights revert back to the author upon publication.

*By archival rights we simply mean that, unless the author requests that we remove work, it will remain on the website for the life of The Dillydoun Review. We are more than happy to remove work at author request if, say for instance, you land an amazing publishing deal elsewhere and they wish all work to be removed from online publication. We're easy like that.

How to Submit?

Online Submissions

We accept online submissions via Submittable.

Mail Submissions

If you wish to submit via mail, send your manuscript and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Amy Burns

ATTN: The Dillydoun Review

310 Morningside Drive

#199

Friendswood, Texas 77549

IMPORTANT: Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.

Welcome to The 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize


Entries must observe an 8,000 Word Max / No Min

Open to all works of fiction whether categorized as a short story, flash fiction, or self-contained excerpts from longer works.


Contest Opens: June 2, 2021

Contest Closes: October 31, 2021 / Midnight CST / GMT-5

You may enter the competition as many times as you wish prior to the closing date. All entries must be accompanied by the $25 entry fee.

Results will be announced by November 30, 2021

Cash Prizes:

1st Place - $2,000

2nd Place - $1,000

3rd Place - $500

Honorable Mentions - $50

All winners and honorable mentions will be published in the print anthology and will receive one (1) free contributor copy.

Please make sure you've read all the Rules & Guidelines prior to entry.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please be mindful: refunds are regretfully not considered. In an effort to give our fair attention to each and every submission, we have a team ready to begin processing and reading your work as soon as possible. If you publish this entry elsewhere during deliberation, the entry fee is forfeited. No alterations or substitutions are allowed.

Judges' decisions are final.

Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.

Short Story - 1,000 - 5,000 words - submit only one at a time.

If you have something wonderful, drastically beyond the word limit guidelines, pitch it here first. We rarely publish anything over 8,000 words.

Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.

If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.

Many authors are less interested in publication and more interested in Feedback Only ($25). You will receive a thorough response within 1 - 3 days.


Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.



Flash Fiction - max 1,000 words - submit up to 3 at a time*

*If you are submitting more than one at a time, please include them in a single document.


Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.


If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.


Many authors are less interested in publication and more interested in Feedback Only ($25). You will receive a thorough response within 1 - 3 days.





Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


Poetry - max 1,000 words - submit up to 3 at a time*
*If you are submitting more than one at a time, please include them in a single document.

Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.

If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.





Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


Prose Poetry - max 1,000 words - submit up to 3 at a time*
*If you are submitting more than one at a time, please include them in a single document.

Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.


If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.





Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


Nonfiction - 1,000 - 5,000 words - submit only one at a time.

This category includes essay, lyric essay, journalism, article, academic, philosophical, history, memoir, humor, commentary, reviews, and interview.

If you have something wonderful, drastically beyond the word limit guidelines, pitch it here first. We rarely publish anything over 8,000 words.

Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com




If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.


Many authors are less interested in publication and more interested in Feedback Only ($25). You will receive a thorough response within 1 - 3 days.



Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


Flash Nonfiction - max 1,000 words - submit up to 3 at a time*
*If you are submitting more than one at a time, please include them in a single document.

Our normal response time may be as long as 12 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us at the end of 12 weeks, check your submission status via Submittable. If you experience problems or have further questions, feel free to email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.



If you want a quick response, consider using our Fast Track option ($15). You will receive a response within 24 hours.

Many authors are less interested in publication and more interested in Feedback Only ($25). You will receive a thorough response within 1 - 3 days.




Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


We do not charge a mandatory reading fee for submissions. However, this is a special option, completely voluntary. If you wish to fast track your submission this is an option for you. Paying this fee for a quick response does not guarantee that your work will be accepted for publication. But it is a kind, generous way to support the journal while allowing us to spend more time with your work. Feedback is not provided with this option. If you want Feedback try: FEEDBACK Fiction and Nonfiction - Receive Detailed Feedback Within 1-3 Days - $25


If you're interested in the long version: Writer Guidelines


Short Story - 1,000 - 5,000 words - (may submit one at a time)

Flash Fiction - up to 1,000 words - (may submit three at a time)

Poetry - up to 1,000 words - (may submit three at a time)

Prose Poetry - up to 1,000 words - (may submit up to three at a time)

Nonfiction - 1,000 - 5,000 words (may submit one at a time)

Flash Nonfiction - up to 1,000 words - (may submit three at a time)


You will receive an answer within 24 hours.


Feedback is not provided with the Fast Track option.

If you are interested in Feedback, try our Feedback Only option ($25 /  1 - 3 day response time). Many writers are less interested in publication and more interested in feedback. With the Feedback Only option, you will have an opportunity to tell us if you are seeking publication or if you just want thoughtful, insightful feedback on how to improve your fiction and nonfiction (not available for poetry at this time).




Thank you for thinking of The Dillydoun Review as a home for your work.


We do not charge a mandatory reading fee for submissions. However, this is a special option, completely voluntary. If you wish to fast track your submission AND receive feedback within 1 - 3 days, this is an option for you. Paying this fee for a quick response does not guarantee that your work will be accepted for publication. But it is a kind, generous way to support the journal while allowing us to spend more time with your submission and to provide you with insight on how to improve your work.

If you do not want feed back but want an Answer Within 24 Hours - Try the Fast Track Option ($15)


Short Story - 1,000 - 5,000 words - (may submit one at a time)

Flash Fiction - up to 1,000 words - (may submit three at a time)

Nonfiction - 1,000 - 5,000 words (may submit one at a time)

Flash Nonfiction - up to 1,000 words - (may submit three at a time)

*We do not accept poetry or prose poetry for the Feedback option at this time


You will receive an answer within 1 - 3 days.

Are you interested in Feedback ONLY? That's perfectly fine. You will have an opportunity to let us know if you wish to be considered for publication or not. Many writers are less interested in publication and more interested in feedback.




The Dillydoun Review