Congratulations to the Winners & Honorable Mentions for the
2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize

1st Place
Alejandro de Gutierre
In the Shadow

2nd Place
Kerri Schlottman
A Daytime Moon

3rd Place
Christopher Whyland
The Exit Guide

Honorable Mentions

Nora Studholme
The Scales

Cynthia Singerman
The Most Interesting Man in the World

Alexandra Gowling
After the Seige of Syracuse

Rudy Ruiz

Anna Millard
Mary Oliver Is Dead and I Am Traveling to Paris or How an Atheist Prays

Byron Spooner
The Acrobat Rides the Horse in Sequins

Ronald Meek
The Terrible Degas

Les Zig
The Slush Pile Demolitionist

Ellen Sollinger Walker

Emma Gilberthorpe
A Visitation of Swallows

Please join me in congratulating the writers who made the longlist for the
2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize.

Winners will be announced on or before December 31, 2021.

names appear in no particular order

Alejandro de Gutierre – In the Shadow
Kevin Reigle – Early Bird CaféRead the Story Here
Amina Gautier – Simple Care
Porter Huddleston – A View of Bea Benton
Les Zigomanis – The Slush Pile Demolitionist
Ronald Meek – The Terrible Degas
Byron Spooner – The Acrobat Rides the Horse in Sequins
Tyler Kinchen – Two Brothers, Their Father Called Them
Kerri Schlottman – A Daytime Moon
Nora Studholme – The Scales
Rudy Ruiz – Allegiance
Dustin James Gillham – Marcel’s Final Monologue
Brooks Carver – No Visitors, Please
Alexandra Gowling – After the Seige of Syracuse
Ellen Sollinger Walker – Undercover
Stephanie Bousley – Nepali for Duct Tape
Gillian Wiley Rose – Next SeptemberRead the Story Here
Stephen Policoff – Blue Like an Evening Cloud
Sidney Wollmuth – The ChildRead the Story Here
Cynthia Singerman – The Most Interesting Man in the World
Anna Millard – Mary Oliver Is Dead and I Am Traveling to Paris or How an Atheist Prays
LM Wright – Space BountyRead the Story Here
Christopher Whyland – The Exit Guide
Emma Gilberthorpe – A Visitation of Swallows
Joshua Levy – Strange Gifts

Welcome to the 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize

The competition is now closed

We wish all entrants the best of luck!

Winners 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.

All other entries will be considered for publication in a TDR Issue or TDR Daily. All TDR publications are considered at the end of the year for our Best of the Best print anthology. The writer has the right to refuse this offer of publication.

Please help us welcome The Dillydoun Review’s new Poetry Editor, Patti White. We look forward to working with you Patti!

Patti White is the author of four collections of poems, Tackle Box (2002), Yellow Jackets (2007), Chain Link Fence (2013), and Pink Motel (2017), all from Anhinga Press. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Iowa ReviewNorth American Review, River Styx, Nimrod, DIAGRAM, Forklift OhioMissouri ReviewParcelMcNeese ReviewSlippery ElmVine LeavesWaccamaw, and New Madrid; her nonfiction in Gulf Coast, Miracle Monocle, and Mulberry Fork Review. Her most recent publication is Particularly Dangerous Situation (Arc Pair Press, 2020), an experimental novella. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

We are looking for a group of Regular Contributors (on a volunteer basis) to help diversify TDR Daily.

Currently, we publish fiction, flash fiction, poetry, prose poetry, nonfiction, and flash nonfiction five days a week, and will continue to focus on those categories. But, we’re also interested in developing long-term relationships with writers who are interested in publishing a series of four related articles/essays/reviews/ interviews (insert brilliant new idea here), about 1,000 words each, to be published once a month.

What Are We Looking For?

We are interested in writers who wish to Pitch an idea for a four-part series of related articles on a particular topic.

What Topics Are We Looking For?

Possible topics? Well, what’s your specialty? Your passion? Some topic suggestions (but not limited to):

Race, Gender, Identity, Culture, Academic, Pedagogy
The Craft of Writing, The Art of Reading,
Conversation Between Writers
Conversation Between Artists
Interviews, Reviews, Opinion Pieces
Historic, Scientific, Economic, Technology

This is a new project for us, so we’re sure the idea will evolve over time but this seems like a good start.

If you’re interested in pitching an idea for a series, you may do so here: Pitch It!

The Dillydoun Review submission categories underwent a massive overhaul today in an effort to address requests from contributors. We want to make the submission process easy and enjoyable while also tailoring it to meet the needs of as many writers as possible.

Submission Categories

Each category now has its own, simplified link on Submittable:

Notice anything different? We added a category! Flash Nonfiction. Several writers have emailed to ask if we accept super short nonfiction submissions and the answer (now) is yes. Yes, we do.

Fast Track / Feedback Changes

We also made some changes to what was previously known as the Fast Track / Feedback option. As many of you know, all the submission categories listed above are free. We never charge a submission fee for regular submissions. However, when the financial reality of trying to keep a growing literary magazine afloat met changing contributor wants and needs… our Fast Track / Feedback option was born.

It’s been a great way for us to get to know many of you and it’s a supremely kind, generous way to support The Dillydoun Review. But, as with many things, the Fast Track / Feedback option wasn’t without its flaws.

We Came Up With an Answer

The old Fast Track / Feedback option has now undergone a bisection! Here are the details:

For Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry –
Receive a Response Within 24 Hours No Feedback Provided – $15

Our typical response time is 12 weeks or more. For those of you who want a response within 24 hours and aren’t interested in feedback, the Fast Track option is for you.

For Fiction and Nonfiction –
Receive Detailed Feedback Within 1 – 3 Days – $25

We tailored the Feedback Option to cater to those writers who are less interested in publication and more interested in in-depth feedback. Sure, there is an option for contributors to indicate Yes (I’m interested in being considered for publication) and No (I just want feedback); but for those who are really interested in someone carefully studying their work and providing a considered response, the Feedback option is for you.

Here’s What We Hope

We hope these custom options allow you to tailor the TDR experience to fit your own creative needs. You told us what you wanted. We listened. And then, we did something about it! So, yay! On the horizon are even more changes. We’re in the process of developing one-on-one, mini-virtual workshops. The idea of meeting you in a virtual safe-space to talk in detail about your work is thrilling (for us and, hopefully, for you).

Thanks so much for your continued interest in The Dillydoun Review!

A Note from the Editor

It has truly been an exciting week for The Dillydoun Review. We opened our proverbial doors on October 26, 2020, and ten days later, we have over three hundred submissions. Some were accompanied by a contribution to our Tip Jar via Submittable.

Thank you very much for contributing to The Dillydoun Review via our Tip Jar.

This helps us actually pay for Submittable (which is wonderful but wickedly expensive) until we can become full members of CLMP. At that time, we will qualify for a generous discount.

We must publish our first issue before we can become full members of CLMP so, not long now.

And, speaking of our first issue, I have received several questions regarding the publication format for The Dillydoun Review.

Are TDR Issues produced as print publications?

Many people have contacted me asking if TDR issues are produced as print publications.

The answer is no. Not yet, at least. For the time being, we are only online.

A print version of the journal is definitely on our list of things to accomplish but, for now, we are online only. TDR publishes quarterly issues of prose and poetry each March, June, September, and December.

We also publish (beginning Monday, November 8, 2020) a blog called TDR Daily which features short stories, flash fiction, poetry, prose poetry, articles, interviews, reviews, and essays.

All submissions are considered for both TDR Issues and TDR Daily unless you specify otherwise in your cover letter.

One is no better than the other, in our opinion. It is our goal to make TDR Daily just as desirable a home for your work as our quarterly issues.

So, thanks again. Hope this answers at least one of your questions.

We look forward to reading your work.

Amy Burns, Managing Editor

The Dillydoun Review is now accepting submissions for our inaugural issue which is scheduled for publication at the end of December 2020.

TDR is an online publication only. We do not publish a print issue at this time, although it is a goal to work toward.

We read unsolicited manuscripts throughout the year. Submissions are considered for both quarterly issues and our daily blog.

Online Submissions

We accept submissions online through Submittable.

If you have any questions or problems feel free to contact us at

Mail Submissions

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

The Dillydoun Review
ATTN: Amy Burns
P.O. Box 1208
Hanceville, AL 35077

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

For more details, please see our Writers’ Guidelines.

The Dillydoun Review is a new online literary journal that publishes prose and poetry each March, June, September, and December.

To keep our readers and writers engaged between issues, the goal is to publish articles, essays, reviews, interviews, opinion pieces, fiction, and poetry each day on the TDR blog. If you have an idea for the blog that falls outside the mentioned categories, feel free to pitch it.

My name is Amy Burns. I am the Managing Editor. Some of you might recognize me from other lit mags including Unbound Press, Spilling Ink Review, and Mulberry Fork Review. I missed being part of the online writing community and look forward to reacquainting myself with old friends and, of course, making new ones.

I am still in the early stages of developing the journal so the website is a bit sparse. Check back soon and see our progress!