With the announcement of its new Arts in Society program, Boston Review is pleased to adopt a new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns.

  • Under the new model, contestants from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe will pay an entry fee of $20 which will help subsidize the entry of contestants from outside of those countries, as well as those claiming hardship, all of whom will pay nothing to enter our contests. Free entries and paid entries will be read in the same way and given equal weight.
  • In addition, while a winner will be chosen in each genre, many more runners-up will have their work published, increasing the likelihood that entrants will have their work shared with Boston Review’s audience.
  • Finally, Boston Review will commit to publishing an annual themed fall literary issue, and the contests will share the issue’s theme. This will offer more contestants more transparency about what Boston Review’s editors are seeking in any given year. All contestants will receive a free copy of the issue, either in print (for paid entries) or digital (for unpaid entries).

Complete instructions for submission to each contest can be found below. Please make sure that you choose the category, paid or free entry, that applies to you. They are separate forms.

We are currently closed to general fiction and poetry submissions, but we are open to nonfiction pitches and submissions.


You may submit query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words.
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