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Potomac Review opens windows into the complexity of literature: in each issue, our selections span the spectrum of voice and style. We sample realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Drawing 95 % of our content from unsolicited submissions, we publish writers at all stages of their careers. Every issue includes work by emerging and by established writers. The Potomac Review features award-winning writers and has been recognized in the Best American series. Our philosophy welcomes variety, and through it, we create an organic flow of ideas to contribute to the literary conversation.
Potomac Review no longer accepts paper submissions. Instead, submit your work electronically via our Online Submission Manager.
Begun in 1993, “Potomac Review is the quarterly with a conscience at the heart of the Mid-Atlantic,” founding editor Eli Flam wrote. In those days, the review was a quarterly publication, and, with its move to Montgomery College and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute in the early 2000’s, it became the biannual journal that it is today. Under the guidance of current editor Julie Wakeman-Linn, Potomac Review has featured an all-poetry issue (49) and a “Best of” Issue (50), both published in 2011. Over the past few years, the journal was awarded Notable Essay from Best American Essays twice, Notable from Best American Mystery Story, Notable from Best of the Midwest, and Notable Story from Best American Nonrequired Reading. Potomac Review has helped run the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference in Rockville, Maryland, and has hosted the Conversations and Connections Conference, in conjunction with Barrelhouse, Baltimore Review and the Johns Hopkins University. The journal has hosted a reading series for many years, on and off campus. Today, the journal continues to expand its perspective: rooted in the mid-Atlantic but reaching to writers around the globe.