PDR will cease publication on October 1, 2015, and so we are no longer accepting submissions. Submission guidelines remain posted here for archival purposes only.
Our reading periods were May 1 to September 1 for Fall and October 1 to January 1 for Spring.
We ask that writers please submit only one work of ﬁction and up to ﬁve poems during any reading period.
We accept ﬁction, nonﬁction, and poetry submissions only through our online web form.
We are looking for thoughtful, earnest ﬁction. We like stories that make the ordinary unfamiliar, that introduce us to new ways of seeing and being in the world, stories that move us without aiming for stock reactions. We’re interested in the inner lives of characters: their intimate challenges and relationships, and whatever these struggles might say about larger issues or ideas.
- Submissions should be short ﬁction or novel excerpts between 2,000 to 9,000 words.
- We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Submissions should be in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format.
- Please be sure to provide your name and email address on the ﬁrst page.
Because we’re conﬁdent that more good ﬁction is being written today than is being published, we especially encourage submissions from emerging and previously unpublished writers.
Sorry, but we’re not interested in erotica, horror, romance, inspirational, or other genre ﬁction. That said, literary ﬁction that plays with generic conventions is welcome.
Sometimes, people ask us for the names of writers we like. Here are some (in no particular order): Maile Meloy, Miranda July, George Saunders, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, Wells Tower, Joshua Ferris, ZZ Packer, Gary Shteyngart, Jim Shepard, Margaret Atwood, Tom Perrotta, Alice Munro, Gish Jen, William Trevor, Anton Chekhov.
We are currently accepting submissions of painting and photography. If you would like your work to be considered, please email a link to portfolio of your work to email@example.com.
We welcome submissions in a broad range of poetic modes, from traditional to experimental, narrative to lyric. That said, we tend to prefer poetry that is written in common language but that elevates the language used. We are looking for poems that elicit something visceral in the reader, poems that leave us, as Dickinson wrote, with the tops of our heads taken oﬀ. Here is a not-quite-exhaustive list of poets that have had such an eﬀect on us: John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, John Berryman, Anne Carson, William Carlos Williams, T.S. Elliot, Naomi Shihab Nye, Louise Glück, Matthea Harvey, Larry Levis, Bernadette Mayer, Jack Spicer, James Tate, C.D. Wright, Dean Young, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Wright, Mark Strand, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Simic.
Please submit no more than ﬁve (5) poems, with a maximum length of ﬁve (5) pages per submission. If you send in a ﬁve page poem, please understand that we can only accept one poem of that length per poet.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Submissions should be in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format, with all poems in a single ﬁle. The name of the ﬁle should include your last name. Please be sure to provide your name and e-mail address on every page of your submission.
We are looking for creative nonﬁction pieces that introduce readers to new perspectives and ideas, works that challenge the reader’s assumptions about the world, and that create a conversation with the poetry and ﬁction we publish.
What We Like:
- We do not generally publish reviews, but we love work that engages critically with art and pop culture in a broader way (think Bitch, for instance).
- We are not looking for formal, academic pieces; think The Believer or n+1 rather than PMLA or Critical Inquiry.
- While we have published memoir in the past, we are not currently open to submissions of that kind. We do, however, encourage work that brings an author’s lived experience or professional expertise to bear on an aesthetic, philosophical, or political concern.
- Submissions should generally be between 2,000 to 9,000 words.
- We do not accept simultaneous submissions of nonﬁction.
- Submissions should be in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format; please be sure to provide your name and email address on the ﬁrst page
Feel free to contact us (nonﬁction@pdrjournal.org) with a query before beginning work on a nonﬁction piece intended for the magazine.