The best way to get a sense of the kind of material Boston Review is looking for is to read the magazine. We do not consider previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are fine; just let us know right away if you need to withdraw something.
We are currently closed to general fiction and poetry submissions.
We strongly encourage online submission. However, if you prefer postal mail, you can send (with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to Boston Review, PO Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142. We do not accept emailed submissions. Payment varies.
We receive and read thousands of submissions each year, so the process can be lengthy. For poetry, fiction, and contests, we will send a formal response within a year. For nonfiction submissions, due to volume we can only respond to pieces we are interested in pursuing. If you need to withdraw a piece, please do so through Submittable. If you are withdrawing only one poem from a poetry submission, please do so by adding a note in Submittable to the submission.
Each year, Boston Review runs competitions in poetry and fiction.
We strongly encourage online submissions; however, contestants also may submit entries via postal mail but will not receive acknowledgement of successful submission. Email submissions are not accepted. All contest entry payments are non-refundable and previously published work may not be submitted to any contest. All winners are announced publicly and informed prior to that announcement. Please do not contact us to ask whether you have won a contest.
Contest entry forms will be available during the submissions periods. If a contest entry form is not visible, the contest is currently closed for submissions.
Spring internships are for the months of January through May.
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.
Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant’s knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. All interns are unpaid volunteers, but students may be able to obtain college credit according to the policies of their college or university. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying. Interns may work full-time or part-time. Part-timers should have two or three full days available each week for this on-site position.
Editorial interns are closely involved in the nuts and bolts of the publication process, proofreading and fact-checking articles for print and Web, helping with art research and permissions, reading submissions, and helping with writing contests. While most of an intern’s time is spent on end-stage editorial work, interns sometimes provide input in the development stage. There are also administrative duties.
The editorial internship is not a structured learning program, but rather a substantive work experience that provides an introduction to entry-level employment in magazine editing and production. Occasionally there is downtime, but interns typically have responsibilities that matter, not endless busywork. The skills accrued are essential to any job application, and the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of this rewarding and challenging occupation is invaluable.
The cover letter is by far the most important element of your application. It is your opportunity to explain why an internship at Boston Review is important to you and to demonstrate your abilities as a writer, which are the foundation of an editorial career.
Please submit the following materials in a single file:
1) A cover letter, no more than one page. Be sure to specify whether you are seeking a full- or part-time position.
2) Your CV
3) 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.
4) A list of five of your favorite books and a brief statement explaining why you like two of them.
5) A list of five publications you read regularly.