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.

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publish substantial, nuanced, long-form essays, book reviews, and political, cultural, and philosophical analysis; we do not publish op-eds, and we do not accept unsolicited personal essays.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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