We are currently open to submissions for:
- nonfiction essay and book review submissions
- summer editorial internship applications
We are not accepting poetry or fiction submissions at this time.
Please read the submission guidelines carefully before submitting!
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 We welcome unsolicited nonfiction and book review submissions—from previously unpublished as well as well-established writers—on a wide range of subjects of interest to general readers.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 publish substantial, nuanced, long-form essays, book reviews, and political, cultural, and philosophical analysis; we do not publish op-eds, and we do not accept unsolicited personal essays. Most essays we publish are at least 3,000 words in length.
We are independent, nonprofit, and have a very small editorial staff. We try to review the high number of submissions we receive quickly—typically within a month of the submission date—but delays can occasionally lead to much longer response times. We appreciate your patience.
1. We accept nonfiction essays and book review submissions (either page-long pitches, or 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 written in an op-ed style. 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 released 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, not just in the Submittable form.
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 your vision for the essay in substantive detail—on the order of one single-spaced typed page, with enough substance to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter, showcase your ability to write in an accessible and compelling style, and convey the stakes of the issue for a broad, general audience. Pitches shorter than a couple of paragraphs 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.
Application deadline: March 15
Summer editorial internships at Boston Review run from early June to late August. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will consider candidates for remote internships, but we strongly prefer candidates who can work in person in our office in Cambridge, MA.
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. Our small office makes for a unique opportunity to collaborate with experienced professionals across all aspects of magazine publishing.
Most interns have entered the program while undergraduate or graduate students. Others use the internship as an introduction to publishing after having completed their studies or as they are transitioning into a new career. 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. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially those that are not well-represented in the publishing industry.
Full-time interns receive a stipend of $2,500 for five full days of work a week; part-time interns receive a prorated stipend. 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. Their primary activities are proofreading and fact checking articles for print and web publication. They also help with copyediting, art research, evaluating submissions, website maintenance, and web production. Interns may also perform some administrative duties (such as checking email or retrieving physical mail), as well as occasional marketing and publicity duties, and will attend all-staff meetings. Through involvement in all aspects of magazine publishing, interns gain invaluable hands-on experience in a fast-paced, intellectually demanding environment.
Interns are extremely valued members of the Boston Review team, and they have gone on to significant positions in the publishing world, including at NBC News, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Jacobin, and Boston Review itself.
To apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF file:
- A cover letter of no more than one single-spaced page. Be sure to specify whether you are seeking a full- or part-time position. The cover letter is by far the most important element of your application; it is your opportunity to explain why a Boston Review internship is important to you and to demonstrate your abilities as a writer. Please give us some sense of the ideas, issues, and debates that are most important to you.
- A résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your educational background of no more than two pages.
- 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.
- Answers to the following two questions, comprising no more than one single-spaced page:
- In a substantial paragraph or so, please discuss an essay of at least 3,000 words that was published in a general interest magazine comparable to Boston Review and that caused you to change your mind on an issue or prompted you to think about an issue in a new way. Be sure to explain how your thinking changed.
- In a couple of paragraphs, please describe what you take to be the best possible objection to a view you are deeply committed to, and then defend your position by responding to the objection.