We are currently accepting paid submissions to our poetry and fiction contests (the deadline for free submissions was May 31),  nonfiction pitches and submissions, and applications for our fall editorial internship. Please read descriptions for the individual categories very 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.

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