Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply, however, we can only publish a very small fraction of the material we receive. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to the guidelines below. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with Harvard Review before you submit your work. You can find information about the current issue as well as subscription information online.
If the reading fee at Submittable presents a financial hardship, please email us at info [at] harvardreview.org.
Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please submit no more than 5 poems or 7,000 words of prose. Do not send the only copy of your work as we do not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts.
We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in reviewing please write to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the kind of books you would be interested in reviewing and enclosing one or more recent clips.
Yes. For submissions by mail, please include a cover letter and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). If you would like us to consider work in more than one genre, please send each piece in a separate envelope with a separate cover letter. Mail to: The Editors, Harvard Review, Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
We ask that writers submit no more than twice a year.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. If you sent work via Submittable, do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw in Submittable, or for partial withdrawals, add a note to your submission.
While we try to respond to submissions within 6 months, it can occasionally take longer for a manuscript to be read. We ask for your patience as we do make every effort to read all the submissions we receive.
Our current reading period will go from October 15 to December 31, 2020.
You may submit your manuscript online via Submittable. There is a $3 processing fee for online submissions.