We are currently open for our poetry and fiction contests, summer internship applications, and nonfiction submissions. Please read the guidelines for each carefully, and note that paid and unpaid (international/hardship) contest entries are separate forms.

Summer intern fellowships are for the months of September through December. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic, we will consider remote internships.

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 applicants’ knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that they can bring to the magazine. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying.

Full-time (five days a week) interns receive a stipend of $2,500; part-time (three days a week) interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Stipends are paid in three installments over the course of the internship.

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. Interns will also perform some administrative duties, as well as occasional marketing and publicity duties.

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 any career in publishing.

Please submit the following materials in a single file:

1) A cover letter of 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.  

Please read the following guidelines before submitting.

Thank you for your interest in writing for Boston Review! We welcome unsolicited nonfiction and book review submissions, from both emerging and well-established writers, on a wide range of subjects of interest to general readers. We do not accept poetry or fiction submissions through this form.

Please note that we are a general interest U.S. literary and political magazine with a global audience; we are not a local Boston news organization. We primarily publish substantial, nuanced, long-form essays, book reviews, and political, cultural, and philosophical analysis; we do not publish op-eds, and we do not accept unsolicited personal essays. We are independent, nonprofit, and have a very small editorial staff. We try to review submissions within a month of the submission date, but delays can occasionally lead to much longer response times. We appreciate your patience.

1. You may submit nonfiction pitches and drafts between 2,000 and 6,000 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. We usually publish reviews of books, films, or other cultural artifacts only within three months of the publication or release date of the work under review. We very rarely publish a review of a work that has been published or release more than a year prior to the review. It is best to submit reviews as close as possible to the release date.

3. Please INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in all documents you submit. Your submission may be rejected out of hand if your submission letter and attached pitch or draft do not contain an email address.

4. If you have published work elsewhere, please include links to clips of your other writing.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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