With the announcement of its new Arts in Society program, Boston Review is pleased to adopt a new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns.

  • Under the new model, contestants from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe will pay an entry fee of $20 which will help subsidize the entry of contestants from outside of those countries, as well as those claiming hardship, all of whom will pay nothing to enter our contests. Free entries and paid entries will be read in the same way and given equal weight.
  • In addition, while a winner will be chosen in each genre, many more runners-up will have their work published, increasing the likelihood that entrants will have their work shared with Boston Review’s audience.
  • Finally, Boston Review will commit to publishing an annual themed fall literary issue, and the contests will share the issue’s theme. This will offer more contestants more transparency about what Boston Review’s editors are seeking in any given year. All contestants will receive a free copy of the issue, either in print (for paid entries) or digital (for unpaid entries).

Complete instructions for submission to each contest can be found below. Please make sure that you choose the category, paid or free entry, that applies to you. They are separate forms.

We are currently closed to general fiction and poetry submissions, but we are open to nonfiction pitches and submissions.


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

Fall internships are for the months of September through December.


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 applicants’ knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that they can bring to the magazine. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying.

Full-time (five days a week) interns receive a stipend of $2,500; part-time (three days a week) interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Stipends are paid in three installments over the course of the internship.

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. Interns will also perform some administrative duties, as well as occasional marketing and publicity duties.

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 any career in publishing.


Please submit the following materials in a single file:

1) A cover letter of 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.  

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