The deadline for Heavy Feather Vol. 7 has passed. We have temporarily closed print submissions to catch up. However, #NotMyPresident, Featured Essays, Tip-Jar Submissions, and other categories will remain open during this time.

HFR only accepts three to six poems. Otherwise, there are no guidelines for fiction, creative nonfiction, comics/original art, or hybrid works. Questions? Contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Submissions to HFR are now and forever FREE. HFR accepts the following (click on links to find submission forms):


#NotMyPresident – Online

HFR is invested in supporting and publishing art by the LGBTQIA+ community, Muslim writers, writers of color, female-identifying writers, undocumented immigrant writers, survivors of abuse or assault, disabled writers, plus other marginalized groups. White supremacy and other hate is inexcusable, and we wish to counteract and stand against these prevalent attitudes. HFR has reaffirmed its mission to elevate these marginalized groups by initiating a new blog feature, #NotMyPresident, an online space for these communities to publish new writing. Whether you’re an emerging or established writer, we want to witness your work. We will not succumb to vile rhetoric or back down from publishing important literature. Writers from these marginalized groups are encouraged to submit. This call is not only for election literature but also a place dedicated to promote new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, journalism, comics, hybrids, and more. Submit via Submittable. Open year-round.


Tip-Jar Submissions – Print or Online

This submission category is used to offset operations costs—printing, website maintenance, promotion, etc. Every bit helps out. The best way to support the magazine is to read us and share our links. With this submission category, we do not take a salary as editors or offer any service more than the free submission categories guarantee. Thank you for supporting HFR!


Fiction – Print

Poetry – Print (3-6 poems)

Creative Nonfiction – Print

Comics/Original Art – Print

Hybrid – Print

If your work does not fit neatly into one of our existing criterion—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics/original art—consider our “Hybrid” category, where form determination is of no importance.


Featured Essays – Online

We are looking for essays written on writing craft, politics, and international writers to feature online. To us, “essay” is a loose term/form, and the topics and form are open to interpretation. The final product can be a traditional essay, poem, short story, list, definition, collage, or whatever you can think up. Please visit the essay section of our website to see what we’ve published in the past, and keep submissions concise—approximately 1000-2000 words. Submit via Submittable.


Interviews and Book Reviews – Online

A full list of books currently available to cover can be found here. Please contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com to submit all inquiries about interviews and reviews.



Save submissions as one document (doc, docx, rtf, txt, jpg, or png). Submit via Submittable. Cover letters are encouraged, but not required. HFR debuts one issue a year. Only one submission at a time: the editors will get to your work as fast as they can. Allow 30-90 days for a response, inquire after 120, although we pride ourselves in responding sooner. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your submitted work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. HFR does not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere. Upon acceptance, HFR takes first serial rights to the work. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. Should the accepted work appear elsewhere after its publication in HFR, be sure to list HFR as its original publisher. HFR is unable to pay contributors. Contributors receive a print copy of the issue in which they are published.