Dunes Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are now open for our Winter/Spring 2020 issue. Our reading period runs through Wednesday, January 15 OR until we have received 300 submissions. Our next issue will launch in April.

Dunes Review guidelines:

We welcome work from writers, artists, and photographers at all stages of their careers living anywhere in the world. We are open to all styles and aesthetics, but please read the following paragraph carefully to dive a little deeper into what we're looking for. 

Ultimately, we're looking for work that draws us in from the very first line: with image, with sound, with sense, with lack of sense. We believe that poetry can occur anywhere, anytime, and the subject doesn't matter, only the words, the sounds, the rhythm and cadence. We're looking for writing that bowls us over, that lifts us up, that takes us places we've never been and shows us ordinary things in ways we've never seen them. We're looking for poems and stories and essays that teach us how to read them and pull us back to their beginnings as soon as we've read their final lines. We're looking for things we can't wait to read again, things we can't wait to share with the nearest person who will listen. Send us your best work. We'll give it our best attention.


Submissions are accepted only via Submittable. We do not consider work sent through postal mail or email. Any submissions sent through email will not be read or responded to. 

Please include a cover letter in the cover-letter section with your contact information, title(s) of your work, and a third-person bio of 50 words or less. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine. If any of your work is accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Please leave a note in Submittable to withdraw your piece.

You may send work in more than one genre. However, you may send work only ONCE per genre per reading period, including withdrawn submissions. Excess submissions will be declined unread.

We assume work to be finalized upon submission, and accordingly request that you do not withdraw work, revise, and resubmit it during the same reading period.

We do not publish:

  • Previously published work. (Work that has appeared on your blog, Facebook page, or that is publicly available online without a login is considered published.) Submitting your work is an affirmation that you are the original author and that you retain the rights to your work.
  • Unsolicited book reviews
  • Author interviews
  • Journalism or academic writing

We aim to respond within 30-45 days for poetry or 60-90 days for prose, artwork, and photography—and often much sooner. If you have not heard from us after 120 days, feel free to email us at dunesreview@michwriters.org.

Due to the volume of submissions received, we regret that we cannot give feedback.

Payment comes in the form of two copies of the journal. We also invite contributors to read at the issue's launch celebration in Traverse City, Michigan. We often nominate selected work for the Pushcart Prize.

Dunes Review