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ISSNs 2373-3519 (print) / 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, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, The New York Times, Literary Hub, and The &NOW Awards. 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. Once in a section, click on its heading to return to the top menu.

Our Submissions

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.

Print submissions are currently closed. However, online features are OPEN. Review and interview inquires go to Books Editor Jeff Chon. Please do not submit these via Submittable.

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 sparked by Justin Greene, Dennis James Sweeney, & Janice Lee.

As this is a community resource managed by one person, please reach out via email (not on social media) if you notice outdated listings or dead URLs …


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, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 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.

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 (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.

Enduring Thanks

Co-Founding Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Nathan Floom. “Baby” logo courtesy of John Dermot Woods. Editors Madeline Vosch, Jessie Janeshek, Ryan Bollenbach, Kailey Alyssa, Hillary Leftwich, Carol Covington, Hayli M. Cox, dezireé a. brown, Ally Harris, Colette Arrand, Chas Hoppe, Kyle Bialko, and Jason Carnahan. Web Editor & Graphic Designer Gray Hunt. “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.