Dorothy Traver

Dorothy, a publishing project is an award-winning feminist press dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction.

Each fall, we publish two new books simultaneously. We work to pair books that draw upon different aesthetic traditions, because a large part of our interest in literature lies in its possibilities, its endless stylistic and formal variety. Dorothy books are available through most major retail channels, but we offer special sales on titles purchased together through this website, to encourage readers to approach them as a conversation (a project).

The press is named for its editor’s great-aunt Dorothy Traver, a librarian, rose gardener, animal lover, children’s book author, and bookmobile driver who gifted her niece books stamped with an owl bookplate.

Read more about Dorothy, a publishing project at CLMPThe AtlanticParis Review Daily, The Millionsliteraturhaus, Speculative Fiction, Kenyon Review, Kirkus, The New York Times, Entropy,  Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and BOMB.



If you’d like to be added to our (extremely infrequent) e-newsletter mailing list, please let us know at:
editors@dorothyproject [dot] com



We’re pleased to have partnered with Washington University in St. Louis to establish an internship position each year for an MFA student in the University’s creative writing program.



The best way to get to know what sort of work we might be interested in is to read some of the work we’ve already published.

Submissions will be open from September 15, 2021 through October 15, 2021. 

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are no longer able to respond individually to every single submission. If you have not heard from us within two months of your submission, this means we did not think your work was a good fit for us at this time. We absolutely do consider and appreciate every submission we receive, and we wish we had the time to respond thoughtfully to every single one.

We accept agented and un-agented submissions; simultaneous submissions are perfectly fine. We do not publish memoirs or poetry collections. Please familiarize yourself with our list before you decide whether or not to submit.

Every submission should include: 1) a brief description of the book-length manuscript in question (no lengthy plot synopsis or pitch letter required), 2) a brief author’s and/or translator’s bio, 3) the first 20 pages of the manuscript pasted into the body of the email. We will not open any attachment that we haven’t specifically asked for.

 All submissions and questions about submissions should be sent to the following email account only:
submissions@dorothyproject [dot] com



co-founder and editor / designer
Danielle Dutton
editors@dorothyproject [dot] com

co-founder and publisher
Martin Riker
publisher@dorothyproject [dot] com

editorial interns
Edil Hassan & Sebastian Mazza
(MFA students at Washington University in St. Louis)

Ben Donnelly
Amarnath Ravva

Jeremy M. Davies
Devin Johnston
Stephen Sparks
Christina Wood Martinez

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Yelena Bryksenkova

interns emeritus
Cora Lewis, Precious Musa, Irina Teveleva, Halley Parry, Red Samaniego, Robin Tripp, Meghan Lamb, Christina Wood Martinez, Erinrose Mager



Dorothy, a publishing project
PO Box 300433
St. Louis, MO 63130


“A decade ago Danielle Dutton and Martin Riker began their Dorothy publishing project, putting out two books by mostly contemporary women writers each fall, a list that has become its own canon, challenging and upending the potentialities of fiction in this current landscape.”
Kate Zambreno, BOMB Magazine

I love everything about Dorothy. I love the incredible women writers; I love the design, so beautiful; I love that they streak across the sky every autumn, the genius of just two books a year, just carried out perfectly.”
Barbara Epler, President of New Directions

“Inventive, idealistic publishers are as important, and praiseworthy, as their writers, because they support and promote the art of writing. My choice for best book of 2014 is Dorothy, a publishing project.”
Lynne Tillman, salon