The best way to get a sense of the kind of material Boston Review is looking for is to read the magazine. (Sample copies are available for $6.95 plus shipping.) We do not consider previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we are notified of the fact. We accept submissions through our online submissions system. We strongly encourage online submission, however, if you prefer postal mail, our address is Boston Review, PO Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142. We do not accept faxed or emailed submissions. Payment varies.
Because we receive and read thousands of submissions each year, it will take us several months to respond to any given one. We regret that the process can be lengthy; however, we ask that submitters not contact us to ask about the status their submissions.
A self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany all postal-mailed
For Boston Reviews annual poetry and fiction contests, and the 92Y Discovery/Boston Review contest, visit the contest page.
NONFICTION AND BOOK-REVIEW ESSAYS:
You may submit query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words via the online submissions system.
Boston Review reads fiction submissions between September 15 and June 15.
From Junot Díaz, fiction editor: Im looking for fiction that resembles the Thirty-Mile Woman from Toni Morrisons Beloved: She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. Or as Takashi Murakami puts it: We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we dont completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art. Im looking for fiction in which a heart struggles against itself, in which the messy unmanageable complexity of the world is revealed. Sentences that are so sharp they cut the eye.
Please keep submissions under 4,000 words and use the online submissions system.
Boston Review also runs an annual short story 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 use the online submissions system.
This is the fourth year that Boston Review is hosting the Discovery contest as publishing partner of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. The deadline to participate in the Discovery contest is January 25, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
Boston Review also runs an annual poetry contest.