DEAR READERS: Send us submissions for online features Flavortown USA, Bad Survivalist, Haunted Passages, & #NoMorePresidents. Weeee’re back!

Submissions for the Vol. 11 print annual are  … OPEN. Deadline 12/31/2020 @11:59 p.m. CDT.


Submissions to HFR are now and forever FREE.

We accept the following:


P R I N T  A N N U A L

HFR only accepts three to six poems. Otherwise, there are no print guidelines for fiction, creative nonfiction, comics/original art, or hybrid works. We can only print black-and-white images. Translations welcome. Questions? Contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com


(3-6 poems)

Creative Nonfiction

Comics/Original Art
(Only black-and-white images)


If your work does not fit neatly into one of our existing criterion—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics/original art—consider our “Hybrid” category, where form determination is of no importance.



O N L I N E  F E A T U R E S

We are looking for writing on craft, politics, and international writers to feature online. We also want your original work. To us, “feature” is a loose term/form, and the topics and form are open to interpretation. The final product can be a traditional essay, poem, short story, list, definition, collage, or whatever you can think up.


Flavortown USA

What’s that smell wafting on the wind? A gourmet hotdog with the works or the everything patty melt? Are we blinded by the sheen of Guy Fieri’s chlorine bleached tips? How does one deconstruct the deconstructed? Welcome to “Flavortown USA,” where food writing takes on a whole new spin.


Bad Survivalist

The couple that camps together gets mauled together. Never ask for directions but plead for outdoor sex? Every pool is safe for swimming. You are a bad survivalist; blaze your trail for HFR.


Haunted Passages

An ominous wind circles you in the middle of an isolated woods. Your friends wander into an empty factory, under the cover of dusk, never to be seen again. These are “Haunted Passages,” new features of unearthly delights.


Gorilla Graphics poster


HFR is invested in supporting and publishing art by the LGBTQIA+ community, Muslim writers, writers of color, female-identifying writers, aging writers, undocumented immigrant writers, survivors of abuse or assault, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, non-American writers, plus other marginalized groups. White supremacy and other hate is inexcusable, and we wish to counteract and stand against these prevalent attitudes. HFR has reaffirmed its mission to elevate these marginalized groups by initiating a new blog feature, #NoMorePresidents, an online space for these communities to publish new writing.


Interviews & Book Reviews

A full list of books currently available to cover can be found here. Please contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com to submit all inquiries about interviews and reviews.




Save submissions as one document (doc, docx, rtf, txt, jpg, or png). Submit via Submittable. Cover letters are encouraged, but not required. HFR debuts one issue a year. Only one submission at a time: the editors will get to your work as fast as they can. Allow 30-90 days for a response, inquire after 120, although we pride ourselves in responding sooner. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your submitted work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. HFR does not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere. Upon acceptance, HFR takes first serial rights to the work. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. Should the accepted work appear elsewhere after its publication in HFR, be sure to list HFR as its original publisher. HFR is unable to pay contributors. Print contributors receive a print copy of the issue in which they are published.