Dorothy Traver

“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


Recently named one of five small presses “slyly changing the industry for the better” (flavorwire), Dorothy, a publishing project is dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women.

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, head librarian, author, gardener, animal-lover, and Woodie Wagon bookmobile-driver, who on each birthday gave her niece a book stamped with an owl bookplate.

Read more about Dorothy, a publishing project at The Atlantic, the Paris Review, Kirkus, the Kenyon Review, The Millions, 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 are 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 are closed for the foreseeable future. 

All submissions and questions about submissions (but please do not email us to ask us when submission will be open) should be sent to the following email account (any submissions, whether agented or un-agented, sent to any other Dorothy account will be discarded and will not be considered):
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
Cora Lewis & Precious Musa
(MFA students at Washington University in St. Louis)

Ben Donnelly
Amarnath Ravva

Jeremy M. Davies
Devin Johnston
Stephen Sparks

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Yelena Bryksenkova

interns emeritus
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


“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