Write for HFR

ISSN 2373-3519 (print) / ISSN 2373-3527 (online)

Established in April 2011, Heavy Feather Review publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and more. Writing from HFR has appeared in Best Microfiction 2022, Best of the Net 2021, The Best Small Fictions 2021, The New York Times, Literary Hub, and The &NOW Awards 3. Questions? Review inquires go to Books Editor Jeff Chon. General correspondence is handled by Jason Teal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. Text logo designed by Gray Hunt.

Our Submissions

Print submissions are currently closed. However, online features are OPEN.

Our submission guidelines can be found on Submittable. Writing can be considered for online features or print issues. Online features are open year-round, and print issues are open during select reading periods. While work is regularly featured online, HFR debuts one print issue a year. At this time, we do NOT accept full-length manuscripts.

Reviews & Criticism

A list of books available to review can be found here. We cover books that aren’t on our list, though, so reach out to Books Editor Jeff Chon if you’re interested in reviewing books, interviewing authors, or pitching another type of project. We only publish interviews and reviews online. We encourage 800 words per book review. There are no word count restrictions for interviews or general criticism, however. Craft essays are welcome. Reviewers receive hard copies of the book if available.

If you’re a publicist, author, or publisher and want to tell us about your book, please also email Jeff.

Purchase HFR

You’ll find options to purchase available books here. Shirts and other accoutrement can be found at our Spring store.

Print Archives is a searchable category of work published since 2012. The project is an attempt to bring as much of the print issue online as possible. We’re still printing books, and archival will be gradual, hopefully weekly, depending on the given moment.

Where to Submit List

Go here for Where to Submit. If you are an editor or publisher and would like your journal, press, or literary organization to be included on the Where to Submit list, please email Jason with a formatted call like ones on the page. And if you need your call updated, drop us a line! We hope to continue this free resource Justin Greene, Dennis James Sweeney, & Janice Lee championed at Entropy.


Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Jason Teal is the author of We Were Called Specimens (KERNPUNKT Press, 2020), which was a finalist for Big Other’s Reader’s Choice and Best Fiction Book Awards. Writing appears in 3:AM MagazineQuarterly WestSmokeLong Quarterly, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Hobart, among other publications.

Poetry & Hybrid Editor

William Lessard is the author of instrument for distributed empathy monetization (KERNPUNKT Press, 2022). His writing has appeared at FENCE, McSweeney’sAmerican Poetry ReviewBest American Experimental WritingPrelude, and Hyperallergic. His visual work has been showcased at MoMA PS1 and is part of the special collection at Poets House.

Poetry & Prose Editor

Ryan Bollenbach is a writer and musician living in Houston, Texas. He formerly served as Poetry Editor for Black Warrior Review in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He currently reads for Gulf Coast and Heavy Feather Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tarpaulin Sky, Sink Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Snail Trail Press, and elsewhere. To contact, reach out on Twitter @SilentAsIAm or visit his website his website.

Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Lucy Zhang’s chapbook, Hollowed, is available from Thirty West Publishing House, and her micro chapbook, Absorption, was published by Harbor Review in 2022. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, The Offing, Passages North, The Rumpus, West Branch, and elsewhere, and is included in Best Microfiction 2021 and The Best Small Fictions 2021. Find her at kowaretasekai.wordpress.com or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Books Editor

Jeff Chon is the author of Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun (2021) and This Is the Afterlife (forthcoming; December 2022), both from Sagging Meniscus Press. His stories and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions, The Seneca Review, The Portland Review, Barrelhouse, Juked, and The North American Review, among other fine places. He currently lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife and children.

Web Editor & Graphic Designer

Gray Hunt, or Grayson, is a peculiar human who has spent the majority of their life writing, reading, and obsessing over fictional characters. After the life-changing event that was Lord of the Rings, they couldn’t stay away from the fantasy genre and wrote a book, which at this time is in editing. Lover of dogs, sweets, and manga, you can find them playing video games in their basement until 3 a.m.

Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Madeline Vosch is a writer, translator, and teacher. She writes short fiction and essays, and is currently working on a memoir. An excerpt of her memoir, Undead, was selected as the winner of the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest in 2021. She was an Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow in 2021. She sometimes writes a newsletter, I and my Coat, which can be found here. Madeline teaches at a community college and feels an affinity with all monsters.

Poetry Editor

Jessie Janeshek’s full-length collections are No Place for Dames (Grey Book Press, forthcoming), MADCAP (Stalking Horse Press, 2019), The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017), and Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). Her chapbooks include Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press, 2016), Supernoir (Grey Book Press, 2017), Auto-Harlow (Shirt Pocket Press, 2018), Channel U (Grey Book Press), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, 2020). With Jesse Graves, she coedited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). Read more at jessiejaneshek.net.

Enduring Thanks

Co-Founding Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Nathan Floom. “Baby” logo courtesy of John Dermot Woods. Editors Kailey Alyssa, Hillary Leftwich, Carol Covington, Hayli M. Cox, dezireé a. brown, Ally Harris, Colette Arrand, Chas Hoppe, Kyle Bialko, & Jason Carnahan. “Haunted Passages” Series Editor Gabino Iglesias. Contest judges Brian Oliu, Tasha Coryell, Leia Penina Wilson, Brandi Wells, Joanna Ruocco, Dorothea Lasky, Jac Jemc, Kristina Marie Darling, Lucy Corin, Noah Eli Gordon, & Amber Sparks. Editorial assistants Bree Smart, Rayanna Pinnock, Trey Brown, Vivian Wells, Dominique Woods, & Ashby Daugherty.