We are currently open for submissions in the following categories:

  • essay and book review submissions

We are not accepting poetry or fiction submissions at this time. 

Please read the submission guidelines below before submitting!

Please read the following guidelines before submitting!

Thank you for your interest in writing for Boston Review! We welcome submissions of essays and book reviews of through this form.

Please note that we are a general interest political and literary magazine; we are not a local Boston news organization. We primarily publish long-form essays, substantial book reviews, and political and social 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 We do not publish op-eds, and we do not accept unsolicited personal essays.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.

We have a very small editorial staff. We try to review the large number of submissions we receive within a month of the submission date, but delays can occasionally lead to much longer response times. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

1. We consider pitches (at least two substantial paragraphs) and drafts (between 2,000 and 6,000 words), subject to these limitations:

  • We do not accept unsolicited memoirs or personal essays.
  • We do not accept op-eds or pieces written in an op-ed style.

2. We usually publish reviews only within six months of the publication or release date of the work under review. It is best to submit reviews as close as possible to the release date of the work under review, ideally in advance. The goal is to make sure that the reviews we publish have a chance to influence the terms of public debate and reach a very broad audience. But this is not a hard-and-fast rule, and we make exceptions depending on the strength of a review and the amount of coverage a work has already gotten.

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

4. If you are submitting a pitch instead of a draft, please describe your vision for the essay in significant detail, on the order of one single-spaced page. Please provide enough substance to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter, showcase your ability to write in an accessible and engaging style, outline the argument you intend to make, and convey the stakes of the issue for a general audience.

5. Submissions perform much better when they show familiarity with work Boston Review has published. Please read 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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