Established in 2011, Heavy Feather Review publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and more. We nominate for national anthologies and writing awards. Writing from HFR has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2021, The &NOW Awards 3, and The Best of the Net Anthology 2020. Our homepage sees updates on a rolling basis. These updates may include, but are not limited to, essays, guest posts, and book reviews. “Baby” logo art courtesy of John Dermot Woods. Questions? All correspondence is received by Jason Teal, Publisher & Editor. 


should be sent through Submittable, where you’ll find the submission guidelines. While work is regularly featured online, HFR debuts one print issue a year. At this time, we do NOT accept book manuscripts. 

R E V I E W S  &  C R I T I C I S M

A full list of books currently available to cover can be found here. We cover books that aren’t on our list, so reach out if you’re interested in reviewing books, interviewing authors, or helming another type of project. We only publish interviews and reviews online. We encourage 1000 words per book review. There are no word count restrictions for interviews or general criticism, however. Craft essays are welcome.


Jason Teal, Publisher & Editor

Jason Teal is the author of We Were Called Specimens: an oral archive of deity Marjorie (KERNPUNKT Press, 2020).

Kailey Alyssa, Poetry & Hybrid Editor

Kailey Alyssa is currently residing in Longmont, Colorado. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Colorado Boulder as well as the former Poetry Editor of Timber. You can find her work in places like Dreginald, Hobart, Juked, Pacifica Literary Review, Salò Press’ Milk: An Anthology of Eroticism, and The Thought Erotic.

William Lessard, Poetry & Hybrid Editor

William Lessard’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming at 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.

Ryan Bollenbach, 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.

Lucy Zhang, Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Lucy Zhang is an anime lover, writer, and software engineer. Her work has appeared in Maudlin HouseJellyfish ReviewOkay Donkey, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net. She currently writes (and procrastinates) from a small, cozy apartment in California. Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Contributing Editors

Editors Jeff Chon, Nathan Floom, Hillary Leftwich, Carol Covington, Hayli M. Cox, dezireé a. brown, Ally Harris, Colette Arrand, Chas Hoppe, Kyle Bialko, and 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, and Amber Sparks. Editorial assistants Bree Smart, Rayanna Pinnock, Trey Brown, Vivian Wells, Dominique Woods, and Ashby Daugherty.