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.

Do you waive submission fees in case of financial hardship?2020-10-05T08:08:14-04:00

If the reading fee at Submittable presents a financial hardship, please email us at info [at]

How should I format my manuscript?2018-06-07T18:36:07-04:00

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.

Do you accept book reviews?2018-06-07T18:36:41-04:00

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in reviewing please write to describing the kind of books you would be interested in reviewing and enclosing one or more recent clips.

Do you accept paper submissions?2021-11-04T18:34:35-04:00

We accept paper submissions by mail:

Harvard Review
Lamont Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission. Manuscripts will not be mailed back.

How often can I submit my work?2018-06-07T18:38:19-04:00

We ask that writers submit no more than twice a year.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?2018-06-07T18:38:46-04:00

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.

What is your response time?2018-06-07T18:39:19-04:00

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.

Can I inquire about the status of my submission?2018-06-07T18:40:15-04:00

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to status inquiries.


We accept online submissions through Submittable.
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