The best way to get a sense of the kind of material Boston Review is looking for is to read the magazine. We do not consider previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are fine; just let us know right away if you need to withdraw something.

We are currently closed to general poetry and fiction submissions.

We strongly encourage online submission. However, if you prefer postal mail, you can send (with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to Boston Review, PO Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142. We do not accept emailed submissions. Payment varies.

We receive and read thousands of submissions each year, so the process can be lengthy, but we will get back to you. Please do not contact us about the status of submissions. If you need to withdraw a piece, please do so through Submittable. If you are withdrawing only one poem from a poetry submission, please do so by adding a note in Submittable to the submission.


Contests

Each year, Boston Review runs competitions in poetry and fiction.

We strongly encourage online submissions; however, contestants also may submit entries via postal mail but will not receive acknowledgement of successful submission. Email submissions are not accepted. All contest entry payments are non-refundable and previously published work may not be submitted to any contest. All winners are announced publicly and informed prior to that announcement. Please do not contact us to ask whether you have won a contest.

Contest entry forms will be available during the submissions periods. If a contest entry form is not visible, the contest is currently closed for submissions.

We also partner with the Unterberg Poetry Center/92nd Street Y to publish the winner of the annual “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest. Go here for more information on "Discovery"/92Y contest rules and submission periods. We do not host the submission process for the "Discovery" contest.

NOTE: This category should only be used for Global Dystopias fiction submissions. For nonfiction submissions, please use the Global Dystopias nonfiction category.

Special call from Boston Review fiction editor Junot Díaz:


Over the last decades dystopian narratives have proliferated to the point where they seem to have become our default mode for conceptualizing the future. But dystopias are not merely fantasies of a minatory future; they offer critically important reflection upon our present. If (as Tom Moylan has argued) traditional dystopias crafted cognitive maps of the terrors of the twentieth century, what cognitive maps does our current dystopian turn provide us of our turbulent global present?
 
Throughout 2017 BostonReview.net will feature stories, essays, and interviews on the theme of global dystopias. The project will culminate in a special print issue in the fall of 2017.
 
We are seeking essays, interviews, and fiction from writers around the globe that engage the theme of dystopia. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre fiction (SF, fantasy, horror, Afrofuturist, slipstream), and work that resides across/between genres are welcome.
 
Submissions might explore, but are not limited to:
  • Inequality / precarity
  • The Global South
  • Climate change
  • Global democracy
  • Civic media and civic imaginaries
  • Afrofuturism
  • The War on Terror
  • International politics and speculative futures
  • Post-humanisms
  • The future of females
  • Gendered violence
  • Radical futurities
NOTE: This category should only be used for Global Dystopias nonfiction submissions. For nonfiction submissions, please use the Global Dystopias fiction category.

Special call from Boston Review fiction editor Junot Díaz:


Over the last decades dystopian narratives have proliferated to the point where they seem to have become our default mode for conceptualizing the future. But dystopias are not merely fantasies of a minatory future; they offer critically important reflection upon our present. If (as Tom Moylan has argued) traditional dystopias crafted cognitive maps of the terrors of the twentieth century, what cognitive maps does our current dystopian turn provide us of our turbulent global present?
 
Throughout 2017 BostonReview.net will feature stories, essays, and interviews on the theme of global dystopias. The project will culminate in a special print issue in the fall of 2017.
 
We are seeking essays, interviews, and fiction from writers around the globe that engage the theme of dystopia. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre fiction (SF, fantasy, horror, Afrofuturist, slipstream), and work that resides across/between genres are welcome.
 
Submissions might explore, but are not limited to:
  • Inequality / precarity
  • The Global South
  • Climate change
  • Global democracy
  • Civic media and civic imaginaries
  • Afrofuturism
  • The War on Terror
  • International politics and speculative futures
  • Post-humanisms
  • The future of females
  • Gendered violence
  • Radical futurities
You may submit query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words.
Summer internships are for the months of June through August.

Interns at Boston Review work on a variety of editorial and promotional projects and have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of editing, producing, and marketing a publication for serious and demanding readers.

Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant’s knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. All interns are unpaid volunteers, but students may be able to obtain college credit according to the policies of their college or university. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying. Interns may work full-time or part-time. Part-timers should have two or three full days available each week for this on-site position.

Editorial interns are closely involved in the nuts and bolts of the publication process, proofreading and fact-checking articles for print and Web, helping with art research and permissions, reading submissions, and helping with writing contests. While most of an intern’s time is spent on end-stage editorial work, interns sometimes provide input in the development stage. There are also administrative duties.

The editorial internship is not a structured learning program, but rather a substantive work experience that provides an introduction to entry-level employment in magazine editing and production. Occasionally there is downtime, but interns typically have responsibilities that matter, not endless busywork. The skills accrued are essential to any job application, and the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of this rewarding and challenging occupation is invaluable.

The cover letter is by far the most important element of your application. It is your opportunity to explain why an internship at Boston Review is important to you and to demonstrate your abilities as a writer, which are the foundation of an editorial career.

Please submit the following materials in a single file:


1) A cover letter, no more than one page. Be sure to specify whether you are seeking a full- or part-time position.

2) Your CV

3) The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references. Please specify their relationships to you. We prefer, but do not require, that at least one reference be a past or current employer.

4) A list of five of your favorite books and a brief statement explaining why you like two of them.

5) A list of five publications you read regularly.


Summer internships are for the months of June through August.

Interns at Boston Review work on a variety of editorial and promotional projects and have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of editing, producing, and marketing a publication for serious and demanding readers.

Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant’s knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. All interns are unpaid volunteers, but students may be able to obtain college credit according to the policies of their college or university. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying. Interns may work full-time or part-time. Part-timers should have two or three full days available each week for this on-site position.

The ideal applicant for the marketing internship wants to learn the business of magazine publishing, including advertising, promotions, publicity, market research, development, and business management. Responsibilities include managing subscriptions, preparing mailings and invoices, publicizing the magazine, some bookkeeping, and communicating with distributors and booksellers. Interns have the opportunity to become involved in many types of projects according to their particular interests.

Please submit the following materials in a single file:


1) A cover letter, no more than one page. Be sure to specify whether you are seeking a full- or part-time position.

2) Your CV

3) The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references. Please specify their relationships to you. We prefer, but do not require, that at least one reference be a past or current employer.

4) A list of five of your favorite books and a brief statement explaining why you like two of them.

5) A list of five publications you read regularly.