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

Established in April 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 New York Times, The Best Small Fictions 2021, The &NOW Awards 3, and Best of the Net 2020. Our homepage sees updates on a rolling basis. These updates may include, but are not limited to, essays, guest posts, and book reviews. 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

Our submission guidelines can be found on Submittable. While work is regularly featured online, HFR debuts one print issue a year. At this time, we do NOT accept book manuscripts.

Typically, we have been exceeding our “unpaid submission limit” with Submittable, so if there are no open categories you may have to wait until next month.

Purchase HFR

You’ll find options to purchase available issues and books here. Buy our T-shirts, totes, and accoutrement at the Spring merch table

Print Archives is an attempt to bring as much of the annual online as possible (for free).

Reviews & Criticism

A list of books available to review can be found here. We cover books that aren’t on our list, 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 1000 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.

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.


Jason Teal, 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.

William Lessard, 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.

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’s chapbook, Hollowed, is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing. She writes, codes, and watches anime. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contrary, DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Hobart, Jellyfish Review, New Delta Review, Passages North, West Branch, and elsewhere, and is included in Best Microfiction 2021 and The Best Small Fictions 2021. Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Jeff Chon, Books Editor & Prose Reader

Jeff Chon is the author of Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun (2021) and This Is the Afterlife (forthcoming), 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.

Gray Hunt, 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.


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.