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Our Mission

Rooted in the nation’s capital’s suburbs, Potomac Review is the antidote to the scripted republic that surrounds it. By taking on D.C.’s values of international inclusion, Potomac Review looks out into the world from its lush Potomac River basin, collecting and absorbing the world’s literary diversity. Potomac Review seeks literature from emerging and established writers around the globe to facilitate in the literary conversation.

Our History

Founding editor Eli Flam launched Potomac Review in the D.C. area in 1993, declaring it “the quarterly with a conscience at the heart of the Mid-Atlantic.” The review relocated in the early 2000s to Montgomery College and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, where it became the biannual print literary magazine it is today.

In 2009, Best American Essays cited essayist Andrea Nolan as a notable distinction for “Edges” (issue #44). In 2010, Best American Essays also cited essayist Sue Eisenfeld for “Urban Refuge” (issue #45). Other Notable citations include:

  • Best American Mystery 2008 for Jim Tomlinson‘s “Accomplished Son” (issue #41)

  • Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 for Rebekah Yeager’s “The Couch” (issue #41)

  • Best of the Midwest 2011 for Sarah Domet’s “The McDoogle Family Home” (issue #45)

The quality of Potomac Review’s work is further reflected in our 2011 all-poetry issue (issue #49) and “Best of” issue (issue #50).

Potomac Review participates in literary dialogue by attending and hosting national conferences. It has hosted the Conversations and Connections Conference in conjunction with BarrelhouseBaltimore Review, and Johns Hopkins University. Every year, Potomac Review can also be found at the book fair and panel discussions at the AWP conference. For example, at 2015’s Minneapolis conference, editors Julie Wakeman-Linn and John Wang organized and presented the panel “Slush Pile Standouts.”

Despite its wide travels, Potomac Review still remains grounded in its Potomac River roots and spirit; but like the water that flows from Maryland’s mountains into the wide Atlantic, the review has spread its pages, too. Under the guidance of current editor-in-chief Julie Wakeman-Linn, the review now accepts submissions from around the globe from both emerging and established authors.