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“Of Mushrooms and Medicine” artwork by Eleanor Davis. Used with permission. Click the image above to view larger size.

The deadline for HFR Volume Six consideration is October 30, 2016.

HFR only accepts three to six poems. There are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, comics/original art, hybrid. 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):

Tip-Jar Submissions: This is a submission category that 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. We do not take a salary as editors or offer any service more than the free submission categories guarantee with this new submission category. Thanks!


Poetry (3-6 poems)

Creative Nonfiction


Comics/Original ArtHFR is looking for comics, illustrations, photography, and graphics to employ as cover art or publish within issues. Follow our tumbleblog to see comics/original art that pique our interest.

Hybrid: 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.

Heavy Feather Story Prize (CLOSED FOR JUDGING)

JOANNA RUOCCO holds an MFA from Brown and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of The Mothering Coven (Ellipses Press, 2009), Man’s Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (which won the 2009 Noemi Press Fiction Chapbook Contest; judged by Rikki Ducornet), Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize; judged by Ben Marcus), and Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2014). She also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex). With Brian Conn, Ruocco co-edits the fiction journal Birkensnake.

To enter: submit via Submittable. Work must be previously unpublished. Recommended length is 8 to 15 pages (2000 to 4000 words). This is a FICTION contest. The entry fee is $10. Only one winner will be selected and blurbed by the contest judge. Other manuscripts could appear in print at the editors’ discretion. The winner and finalists will be announced on the HFR website on JULY 1, 2016, and the finalists will receive special mention in the issue. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a print copy of the issue, and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. Each finalist will receive a print copy of the issue and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. All entrants will receive 1-year digital subscriptions to HFR. All entries are read nameless. Please don’t include any identifying information in your submission. The deadline for this contest HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO: JUNE 15, 2016.

Featured Essays: 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.

Interviews and Book Reviews: 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 reviews; Submittable for featured essays.

Save submissions as one document (doc, docx, rtf, txt, jpg, or png). Submit via Submittable. Cover letters are encouraged, but not required. HFR reads year-round and 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 (excluding chapbook features). 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 and digital, DRM-free copies of the issue in which they are published, and a lifetime digital subscription to the journal.

8 thoughts on “Submit

    • Dear Stephinie,

      We don’t have a page length, and can accept fiction that is novelette or novella length, though we regularly publish short stories. We like stories that sit in the four to eight page range, but also read flash fiction. We don’t officially assign a word count, though.

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