Reinhardt University

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The James Dickey Review publishes the best writing that appeals to the educated generalist.

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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Reinhardt University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
William Walsh
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews
Recent Awards Received
Pushcart Prize in 2021 was awarded to Janice N. Harrington for "Sweet Potatoes" -- first published in the JDR.
Representative Authors
Dorianne Laux, Stephen Dunn, Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Submissions Policy
The James Dickey Review is open of all types of creative material: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, scholarly essay, and book reviews (assigned); however, the sole criteria is excellence. One of our goals is to entertain the mind of the educated generalist with provocative and imaginative writing. Submissions are accepted from April 1 though August 31 through Submittable (soon to be available for the JDR)
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 4 / 1 - 8 / 31
Reporting Time
4 - 9 months
Author Payments
Beginning in April 2024, the James Dickey Review will host the David Bottoms Poetry Prize. Details to follow.
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
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William Walsh
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
When Dr. Mark Roberts stepped down as editor, I was the most senior editor to replace him. I'd been the literary editor for six years.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Editor Managing Editor Assistant Editor Literary Editor Cope Editor Intern Assistants Special Consultant (as required) Visual Design Consultant
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Read and edit. Be creative. The staff loves literature and good writing from contemporary authors. Don't try to shock us with arbitrary or gratuitous images, language, or thought. Brevity & clarity go a long way. Excellence is paramount.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
When material arrives, it's generally reviewed within two weeks. If deemed acceptable, it moves to phase two where all the editors read it. It is scored. If it passes this scrutiny, it enters the discussion phase to be accepted or rejected.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Clarity of thought. Creative ingenuity. Voice. Narrative and image-based creative work is preferred. The material does not need be on or about James Dickey. even though we encourage ideas on his life and work.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read and edit extensively. This is the key that unlocks all creative doors. Have fun doing serious things, such as pouring your heart out to the world in a poem. Do your thing and stop worrying what others think. Just keep writing. Be professional.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
One undergrad intern edited a famous poet's poems, which the poet agreed with. The student later applied to grad school where the poet was the director. Neither realized the connection until it was pointed out.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
The educated generalist. This is the person who is interested in all things in life if presented to them in an interesting fashion. The JDR strives to fill that void in their life by being interesting and entertaining to read.