Harvard Review

Harvard Review is a semi-annual literary journal published by Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library with support from the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University. We publish essays, poetry, short fiction, drama, and reviews. Recent contributors include Yusef Komunyakaa, Thomas McGuane, Alice Hoffman, Jorie Graham, Sonia Sanchez, Phillip Lopate, Sherman Alexie, Jim Crace, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Laura Healy
Print and Online
Poetry: Jan 1 - May 31
(6 credits for 1 poem)
Fiction: Jan 1 - May 31
(6 credits for 1 manuscript)
Plays: Jan 1 - May 31
(6 credits for 1 manuscript)
Creative Nonfiction: Jan 1 - May 31
(6 credits for 1 manuscript)
Best American Poetry 2002, 2006, 2008
Best American Essays 2003, 2004, 2009
Best American Short Stories 2003, 2005
Best American Mystery Stories 2006
Best New Poets 2008
Pushcart Prize '01, '04, '11, '12, '13
Best American Essays 2010, 2011
Best Canadian Short Stories 2013
Best American Short Stories 2010
Submission Guidelines

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, and do not submit more than twice in one year. POETS: You may submit up to 5 poems, but please group them all in one document. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please note: we do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in reviewing, please send a proposal with clips to cathomps@fas.harvard.edu.

Excerpt Sample

The instant he died, Horlach Spencer was reincarnated as Pradna Singit. Lying on his back, Spencer stared at the Indian’s sun-blackened face, wondering why he was taking such an interest in him. Then, with a rush like an ejaculation, his soul burst out of him, and his field of vision reversed. Instead of the Indian, he saw his own face: bright, dead eyes staring up at him, mouth open, arms and legs askew in the mud.

--Fred McGavran, "The Reincarnation of Horlach Spencer" (HR37)