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 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.

We also partner with the Unterberg Poetry Center/92nd Street Y to publish the winner of the annual “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest. Go here for more information on "Discovery"/92Y contest rules and submission periods. We do not host the submission process for the "Discovery" contest.

We are devoted to selecting from unsolicited manuscripts the majority of the poems published in our magazine, and our poetry editors read every submission. We encourage you to submit your work. Please include all of the poems you are submitting in one document.

If you need to withdraw a poem from consideration, please do so by adding a note in Submittable to your submission.

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