We are currently only open for nonfiction submissions and spring internship applications. Please read the guidelines for each carefully.
Please read the following guidelines before submitting.
Thank you for your interest in writing for Boston Review! We welcome nonfiction and book review submissions on a wide range of subjects, from politics, philosophy, and economics to science, law, gender, sexuality, and race. We do not accept poetry or fiction submissions through this form.
Please note that we are a U.S. literary and political magazine with a global audience; we are not a local Boston news organization. We publish substantial, long-form essays and book reviews ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 words in length. We are independent and nonprofit and have a small editorial staff. We try to review submissions within two weeks of the submission date, but delays can occasionally lead to much longer response times.
1. You may submit nonfiction pitches and drafts up to 5,000 words, subject to these limitations:
- We DO NOT ACCEPT memoirs or personal essays. These submissions will be rejected without being read.
- We DO NOT ACCEPT op-eds or pieces of fewer than 2,000 words. These submissions will be rejected without being read.
2. Please include your email address in all documents you submit. Your submission may be rejected out of hand if your submission letter and attached document do not contain an email address.
3. If you have published work elsewhere, please include links to clips of your other writing.
4. If you are submitting a pitch instead of a draft, please describe in substantive detail what argument you intend to make as well as what structure, length, and frame you expect the essay to take. Pitches shorter than a couple of sentences are always rejected out of hand.
5. Submissions tend to perform much better when they show some familiarity with work Boston Review has published. Please consider reading a few of our essays before you submit to get a sense of the style and substance we are looking for.
Boston Review is now accepting applications for the Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship, created to prepare and support the next generation of Black journalists, editors, and publishers.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Black Voices in the Public Sphere recognizes aspiring media professionals who demonstrate an interest in exploring the publishing world and a commitment to enlarging the landscape of ideas in the media.
A Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience is required to apply. Established professionals should not apply.
Previous editorial experience is helpful but not required. Most important is the clarity of a candidate’s vision for a publishing project and career goals.
To apply you will be asked to provide:
- A copy of your resume
- A cover letter that demonstrates your commitment to writing, editing, or publishing, describes your goals for this fellowship and beyond it, and explains how the fellowship will contribute to your career goals.
- A proposal describing your project in detail; be sure to note the kinds of research and interviews necessary to complete it, and why you think the project is important and distinctive.
- A portfolio of work related to your project. This can include published articles, television or radio clips, podcasts (...) We are seeking work that conveys your strength as a public intellectual and reflects your talent in a particular medium.
- The contact information of three references.
Frequently Asked Questions
- May I apply if I am currently a student or intern?
No, this opportunity is a full-time position offered exclusively to college or masters degree graduates.
- May I apply if I have a full-time job?
No. The Black Voices in the Public Sphere fellowship is a paid, full-time position.
- Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident to apply?
No. But since our goal is to diversify the landscape of the publishing industry in the United States, it’s important that you intend to have a career working primarily in U.S. media. You must, however, be authorized to work in the United States.
- How many years of experience is too many?
We are accepting applications from recent graduates (undergraduate- or graduate-level) with a maximum of 2 years of relevant experience. In lieu of having a BA, candidates can offer evidence of equivalent experience.
- May I apply if I am not a person of color?
No. The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship is an effort to address the lack of diversity in publishing, so it is created specifically to prepare and support the next generation of Black journalists, editors, and publishers.
- What are some potential capstone projects I can propose?
We seek out highly original ideas that align with Boston Review’s commitment to publishing challenging cultural commentary, political discussion, and social analysis. This fellowship is a platform to bring your voices and priorities into the public sphere—either through your own series of written columns or in the editorial curation of essays, design of print or online forums, moderation of live debates, or facilitation of interviews.
- Is it okay to propose more than one capstone project?
We encourage you to stick to one, to avoid spreading yourself too thin.