Writer Guidelines & Submissions

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 accept submissions through our online submissions system. We do not consider previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are fine. 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, but we will get back to you. Please do not contact us about the status of submissions. 

For Boston Review’s annual poetry and fiction contests, and the 92Y Discovery/Boston Review contest, visit the contest page.

You may submit query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words via the online submissions system.

From Junot Díaz, fiction editor: “I’m looking for fiction that resembles the Thirty-Mile Woman from Toni Morrison’s 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 don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.’ I’m 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 5,000 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 systemIf you would like to partially withdraw a poetry submission, please contact [email protected].

Boston Review also hosts the "Discovery" contest as publishing partner of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

And we have an annual poetry contest.