Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, 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.

Reading Period: Harvard Review is published twice yearly and we ask that writers also submit no more than twice a year. Our reading period is 1 November to 31 May. Manuscripts received outside of the reading period will not be read.

Response Time: 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. Unfortunately we are unable to respond to status inquiries.

Manuscripts: Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please limit your submission to no more than 5 poems, 2 short plays, or 7,000 words of prose. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. Do not send the only copy of your work, as we do not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts.

Book Reviews: Please note that 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.


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