Submissions are now open for our Winter / Spring 2019 issue. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, the first stage of our reading period will close on January 2. If we have not yet received enough submissions to fill our issue, we will reopen for a second reading period later in January.

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.

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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 However, you may send work only ONCE per genre per reading period, including withdrawn submissions.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We do not publish: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, which will be held in April 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. We often nominate selected work for the Pushcart Prize.

We're open to all styles of poetry. We are partial to poems that pull us through to the last line and immediately invite us back in. We love it when a poem teaches us how to read itself.


Submit 3 or 4 poems formatted into one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). Each new poem should start on a new page. Do not number the pages. Do not submit poems individually; doing so will cause them to appear as multiple submissions, which will not be read. Submissions containing more than 4 poems will be declined unread.


Single-space poems and format them as you would like them to appear. Use a clear, readable 12-point font such as Times New Roman.


Please do not enclose any photos or illustrations with your submission.


Include a cover letter in the cover-letter section with your contact information, poem titles, and a bio of 50 words or less, written in the third person.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please leave a note in Submittable if any of your work is accepted elsewhere. 


We do not accept previously published work. (We consider self-published work that's publicly accessible without a log-in, such as on a blog or Facebook, to be published.) Submitting your work is an affirmation that you are the original author and that you retain the rights to your work.


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


We aim to respond within 30-45 days, and often much sooner. You may send work only ONCE per reading period, including withdrawn submissions. Excess submissions and those not following our guidelines will be declined unread.

We're open to all styles of fiction and all aesthetics. But most of all we love the stories that we can't put down, the ones we immediately want to talk about with a friend or whoever happens to be nearby, the ones we can't stop thinking about for days and days, the ones that invite questions but not confusion.


Stories should be no longer than 3,000 words, submitted as .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Please do NOT number the pages or use headers and footers.

Double-space the work and use a clear, readable 12-point font such as Times New Roman.


Please do not enclose any photos with your submission.


Include a cover letter in the cover-letter section with your current contact information and a bio of 50 words or less, written in the third person.


Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please withdraw your story if it's accepted elsewhere by leaving a note in Submittable. 


We do not accept previously published work. (We consider self-published work that's publicly accessible without a log-in, such as on a blog or Facebook, to be published.) Submitting your work is an affirmation that you are the original author and that you retain the rights to your work.

Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to give feedback.

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 aim to respond within 60-90 days, and often much sooner. You may send work only ONCE per reading period, including withdrawn submissions. Excess submissions and work that does not follow our guidelines will be declined unread.
 

We're open to all styles of creative nonfiction and all aesthetics. Please note that we do not publish journalism or academic writing, but we do especially getting to the end of an essay and realizing that not only have we completely lost an hour of our day, we are actually smarter than we were an hour ago. We love to learn from your experiences. We want to learn new things we didn't know we were interested in.


Your piece should be no longer than 3,000 words, submitted as .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Please do NOT number the pages or use headers and footers.


Double-space the work and use a clear, readable 12-point font such as Times New Roman.

Please do not enclose any photos with your submission.


Include a cover letter in the cover-letter section with your contact information, poem titles, and a bio of 50 words or less, written in the third person. 


Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please withdraw your piece if it's accepted elsewhere by leaving a note in Submittable. 


We do not accept previously published work. (We consider self-published work that's publicly accessible without a log-in, such as on a blog or Facebook, to be published.) Submitting your work is an affirmation that you are the original author and that you retain the rights to your work.

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

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 aim to respond within 60-90 days, and often much sooner. You may send work only ONCE per reading period, including withdrawn submissions. Excess submissions and work that does not follow our guidelines will be returned unread.

Rate includes shipping within the U.S. For international rates, please email dunesreview@michwriters.org.

Do not attach a submission to this purchase. If you would like to send work for consideration, please submit it in the appropriate genre category.

Please ensure that your Submittable account contains your current mailing address.
Rate includes shipping within the U.S. For international rates, please email dunesreview@michwriters.org.

Do not attach a submission to this purchase. If you would like to send work for consideration, please submit it in the appropriate genre category.

Please ensure that your Submittable account contains your current mailing address.

Rate includes shipping within the U.S. For international rates, please email dunesreview@michwriters.org.  

Do not attach a submission to this purchase. If you would like to send work for consideration, please submit it in the appropriate genre category.  

Please ensure that your Submittable account contains your current mailing address.

All back issues from Winter / Spring 2013 to Summer / Fall 2017 are available. Please indicate whether you have a preference, or if any issue is fine. The cost includes shipping within the U.S. For international rates, please email dunesreview@michwriters.org.

Do not attach a submission to this purchase. If you would like to send work for consideration, please submit it in the appropriate genre category.

Please ensure that your Submittable account contains your current mailing address.

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