Dorothy Traver

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 dialog.

The project is named for head librarian, author, gardener, animal- and art lover, bookmobile-driver, and great-aunt Dorothy Traver, who on every birthday gave a book 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, BOMB, and Poets & Writers, or listen to an interview at St. Louis Public Radio.

If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know at:
editors [at] dorothyproject [dot] com

We are pleased to have partnered with Washington University in St. Louis to establish one internship position per year for an MFA student in the University’s creative writing program. See here for more information on the internship and the program.

Submissions should include: 1) a brief description of the manuscript in question (no lengthy plot synopsis, please), 2) a brief author’s and/or translator’s note, including any previous book publications, 3) the first 20 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. Open submissions will close on May 12, 2017 and reopen on September 1, 2017.

Submissions should be sent to:
submissions [at] dorothyproject [dot] com


Danielle Dutton

Martin Riker

assistant editor
Christina Wood Martinez

editorial assistant
Robin Tripp
(MFA Student in Fiction at Washington University in St. Louis)

Ben Donnelly

Jeremy M. Davies
Devin Johnston
Stephen Sparks

owl logo
Yelena Bryksenkova

interns emeritus
Meghan Lamb, Erinrose Mager

mailing address
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