Welcome to the 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize

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

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

Please familiarize yourself with all the Rules & Guidelines prior to entry.

Contest Opens: June 2, 2021
Contest Closes: October 31, 2021 Midnight CST / GMT-5
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.

Entry Fee: $25

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.

Online Entry Only

RULES:

  1. You may enter as many times as you wish but each entry must be accompanied by the $25 entry fee. We accept entries via Submittable / Online Only.
  2. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast, or won a prize. Online publication includes your own personal blog/website/social media.
  3. Entries must observe an 8,000 word max. No minimum. All genres, themes, and fiction categories are welcome. Work must be original.
  4. This competition is open to all writers whether published or unpublished with the following exceptions: writers who work or have worked on The Dillydoun Review Editorial Staff (or are related to a past or present member of The Dillydoun Review Editorial Staff).
  5. There are no geographical restrictions on this competition. All international entries are encouraged but must be written in English.
  6. Judging will be conducted by the TDR Editors. Judging will be blind. Please do not include any personal, identifying information about the author in the actual manuscript.
  7. Please format your entry as follows:
    • Give your entry a title. This is how your entry will be identified throughout the judging process. If your work has been short-listed or long-listed by another contest, please make sure to give the entry a different title to ensure our ability to blindly judge.
    • Number the pages but do not add any other information that would identify the author.
    • 1.5 or double-spaced.
    • Use an easily readable font like Times New Roman (or similar) 12pt.
    • Use reasonable margins, preferably 1″ on all sides.
    • Accepted formats: doc, docx, pdf.
  8. Refunds will not be considered. No changes, alterations, or substitutions can be made after your entry is received.
  9. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please be aware, if you place the work elsewhere during the deliberation period, the entry fee is forfeited. If you would be so kind, please notify us as soon as possible should the work become unavailable so that we may remove it from consideration.
  10. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place: $2,000, 2nd Place: $1,000, 3rd Place: $500, Honorable Mentions: $50. All winners and honorable mentions will be included in a print anthology and will receive one (1) free contributor copy. The number of honorable mentions will be determined by the contest judges.
  11. The Dillydoun Review is not responsible for contributor copies once we post them. Please make sure that you provide the correct postal address.
  12. All winners and honorable mentions will be awarded cash prizes via Submittable.
  13. By entering the competition, writers agree that honorable mentions and winning entries can be published, using the author’s name, on our website and/or in our print anthology, in local or international media outlets, on social media, or may be broadcast with media outlets for up to one year after the closing date without further remuneration. After which time all rights revert to the author.
  14. Winning and honorable mentions included in our print anthology will not receive future royalties beyond the payment of the cash prizes stated above.
  15. Winners and honorable mentions will be notified by email. Results will be made public on our website and celebrated via social media and newsletter.
  16. All other entries will be considered for publication in a TDR Issue or TDR Daily. All work published by TDR is considered for a Best of the Best print anthology at the end of the year. The writer has the right to refuse this offer of publication.
  17. By entering, acceptance to all the Rules and Terms & Conditions are implied. Entries that fail to comply with the Rules and Terms & Conditions will be disqualified. No correspondence will be entertained in these matters and all judges’ decisions are final.
  18. Please feel free to contact us at thedillydounreview@gmail.com if you have questions or need clarification about the Rules and Terms & Conditions.

Enter Now

Welcome to the 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize

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Enter Now

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

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

Please familiarize yourself with all the Rules & Guidelines prior to entry.

Contest Opens: June 2, 2021
Contest Closes: October 31, 2021 Midnight CST / GMT-5
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.

Entry Fee: $25

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.

Online Entry Only

RULES:

  1. You may enter as many times as you wish but each entry must be accompanied by the $25 entry fee. We accept entries via Submittable / Online Only.
  2. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast, or won a prize. Online publication includes your own personal blog/website/social media.
  3. Entries must observe an 8,000 word max. No minimum. All genres, themes, and fiction categories are welcome. Work must be original.
  4. This competition is open to all writers whether published or unpublished with the following exceptions: writers who work or have worked on The Dillydoun Review Editorial Staff (or are related to a past or present member of The Dillydoun Review Editorial Staff).
  5. There are no geographical restrictions on this competition. All international entries are encouraged but must be written in English.
  6. Judging will be conducted by the TDR Editors. Judging will be blind. Please do not include any personal, identifying information about the author in the actual manuscript.
  7. Please format your entry as follows:
    • Give your entry a title. This is how your entry will be identified throughout the judging process. If your work has been short-listed or long-listed by another contest, please make sure to give the entry a different title to ensure our ability to blindly judge.
    • Number the pages but do not add any other information that would identify the author.
    • 1.5 or double-spaced.
    • Use an easily readable font like Times New Roman (or similar) 12pt.
    • Use reasonable margins, preferably 1″ on all sides.
    • Accepted formats: doc, docx, pdf.
  8. Refunds will not be considered. No changes, alterations, or substitutions can be made after your entry is received.
  9. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please be aware, if you place the work elsewhere during the deliberation period, the entry fee is forfeited. If you would be so kind, please notify us as soon as possible should the work become unavailable so that we may remove it from consideration.
  10. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place: $2,000, 2nd Place: $1,000, 3rd Place: $500, Honorable Mentions: $50. All winners and honorable mentions will be included in a print anthology and will receive one (1) free contributor copy. The number of honorable mentions will be determined by the contest judges.
  11. The Dillydoun Review is not responsible for contributor copies once we post them. Please make sure that you provide the correct postal address.
  12. All winners and honorable mentions will be awarded cash prizes via Submittable.
  13. By entering the competition, writers agree that honorable mentions and winning entries can be published, using the author’s name, on our website and/or in our print anthology, in local or international media outlets, on social media, or may be broadcast with media outlets for up to one year after the closing date without further remuneration. After which time all rights revert to the author.
  14. Winning and honorable mentions included in our print anthology will not receive future royalties beyond the payment of the cash prizes stated above.
  15. Winners and honorable mentions will be notified by email. Results will be made public on our website and celebrated via social media and newsletter.
  16. All other entries will be considered for publication in a TDR Issue or TDR Daily. All work published by TDR is considered for a Best of the Best print anthology at the end of the year. The writer has the right to refuse this offer of publication.
  17. By entering, acceptance to all the Rules and Terms & Conditions are implied. Entries that fail to comply with the Rules and Terms & Conditions will be disqualified. No correspondence will be entertained in these matters and all judges’ decisions are final.
  18. Please feel free to contact us at thedillydounreview@gmail.com if you have questions or need clarification about the Rules and Terms & Conditions.

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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!

It’s been about six months since we sent out our ‘weekly’ newsletter. I know, right? Finally, it’s here. A lot has changed since the first newsletter. Hope you enjoy catching up with what’s new and what’s on the horizon for TDR.

Read Our Newsletter Here:

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!

Thanks for your patience! I *think* all author bios have been added now. If you are a TDR contributor, either Issues or TDR Daily, your name should be listed. If you don’t see your name (or if there is an error), please send me an email: thedillydounreview@gmail.com.

Also, please feel free to email with updates, future successes, and new publications! I’d love to keep in touch with you and am happy to make future changes.

Author Information

The Dillydoun Review is proud to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize. We are forever grateful for these exceptional writers, as well as all the other talented writers, who took a chance on a new literary journal. TDR is only about a month old but we already have an enviable author list. Join me in congratulating these six!


Noémie Boucher
(Fiction) – “Une Recette de Ratatouille” / Forthcoming in Issue 1

W. David Hancock
(Fiction) – Memory Mobile / Forthcoming in Issue 1

Iain Maloney
(Fiction) – The Jungle / Forthcoming in Issue 1

Judy Schneier
(Fiction) – Biyalis and Salsa / Forthcoming in Issue 1

Wendy Shaia
(Fiction) – Waiting for Something / Forthcoming in Issue 1

Patti White
(Nonfiction) – The Fall / Available to Read Now @TDR Daily


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 thedillydounreview@gmail.com

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!