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Highlights

  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    2-6 months*
    Editor reported data
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    73 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    4.34%*
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Pays$100

Find more details in the Genres section

Fee$3

Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7500 words max

Max words: 7500

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

Please include your name and contact information on the first page, and we encourage page numbers.

Nonfiction

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

Articles and essays of breadth and depth are considered, as well as discussions of leading writers; of art, music, and drama; analyses of trends in literature, science, philosophy, and public affairs. Please include your name and contact information on the first page. We encourage page numbers.

Poetry

Max lines: 100

Max pieces: 6

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

Please include your name and contact on every page

Hybrid

Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

A hybrid submission may cross genres with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or art. We consider one such text per submission, with a maximum of 30 pages. Please include your contact information on the first page; we encourage page numbers.

Review

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

General Guidelines The Massachusetts Review 2021 - 2022 Submissions Period is now closed. We will accept new submissions starting October 1, 2022. If you have submitted to us online, please check that your spam filters do not block our email. You can add massrev@external.umass.edu to your "approved senders" list. What kinds of writing are you looking for? We seek a balance between established writers and promising new ones. We're interested in material of variety and vitality relevant to the intellectual and aesthetic questions of our time. We aspire to have a broad appeal; our commitment, in part regional, is not provincial. "Inspired pages are not written to fill space, but for inevitable utterance; and to such our Journal is freely and solicitously open." —Ralph Waldo Emerson N.B. Submissions from authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color will be accepted year-round; however, outside our regular reading period, when the online submission manager is shut down, all submissions from BIPOC writers should be sent by regular mail or emailed to massrev@external.umass.edu. Nonfiction: Articles and essays of breadth and depth are considered, as well as discussions of leading writers; of art, music, and drama; analyses of trends in literature, science, philosophy, and public affairs. Please include your name and contact information on the first page. We encourage page numbers. Fiction: We consider one short story per submission, a maximum of 30 pages or 7500 words. Please include your name and contact information on the first page, and we encourage page numbers. Poetry: A poetry submission may consist of up to 6 poems. There are no restrictions for length, but generally our poems are less than 100 lines. Please include your name and contact on every page. Hybrid: A hybrid submission may cross genres with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or art. We consider one such text per submission, with a maximum of 30 pages. Please include your contact information on the first page; we encourage page numbers. Translation: Fiction, poems, or essays are accepted. The above guidelines for essays, fiction, and poetry should be followed, and a copy of the translated text should be submitted along with the translation. The translator is responsible for acquiring permission to publish. N.B. Translation submissions will be accepted year-round; however, outside our regular reading period, when the online submission manager is shut down, all translation submissions should be sent by regular mail or emailed to massreview@external.umass.edu. Also please note: Essays, fiction, hybrid, poetry, and translation manuscripts should be submitted separately. No mixed submissions please. Are there any genres or topics that you do not consider? We publish book reviews online, but not in the print magazine.

Translation

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

Fiction, poems, or essays are accepted. The above guidelines for essays, fiction, and poetry should be followed, and a copy of the translated text should be submitted along with the translation. The translator is responsible for acquiring permission to publish.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Other

  • Cover letter

    All submissions should include name and contact information on every page of the manuscript. A suggestion is to include this information in the header or footer.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All prose manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. We strongly encourage Fiction and Non-fiction to include page numbers. All poems, a maximum of six per submission, should start on a new page and be included in one document.

  • Author's rights

    In most cases, copyright reverts to the author upon publication with Massachusetts Review.

  • Additional info

    N.B. Submissions from authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color will be accepted year-round; however, outside our regular reading period, when the online submission manager is shut down, all submissions from BIPOC writers should be sent by regular mail or emailed to massrev@external.umass.edu. Payment/copies. At the time of publication, we pay a $100 honorarium for work published in a single issue. Authors also receive two complimentary contributor's copies.

Tracker statistics

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Total submissions tracked

73 days

Average response time

4.34%

Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

366 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 825 days, 474 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics

4.00%

12-month average acceptance rate

74 days

12-month average response time

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    General

    Oct 1, 2024 - Apr 30, 2025

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About

Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, MR publishes literature and art to provoke debate, inspire action, and expand our understanding of the world around us. Founded in 1959 by a group of professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Mount Holyo...

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