Hayden's Ferry Review is an international literary journal our of Arizona State University.

Welcome to HFR! Before submitting, please check out the info below (it's important, we promise!). 

General Submissions -  We're just looking for your best work.

Currently reading for: 

Issue 61 

We are always open to submissions of visual art and translations.

A Note on the Reading Fee

We know the $3.00 reading fee might be a pain, but we hope that you will rest assured knowing all money we receive goes toward supporting HFR's continued success as a supportive environment for our contributors. We all want to thank you for your trust in sending us your work. You make HFR an incredible literary magazine to read, and to work for! We aim to keep producing a beautiful magazine featuring new and exciting prose and poetry by today's best writers.

General Notes on Submission (or withdrawal)

  • Please send one submission per genre at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.
  • Withdraw your submission using Submittable. if you are only withdrawing a section of your work (for example: 2/5 poems), add a note to your submission. 
  • We generally do not accept prose over 25 pages.
  • Contributors receive one copy of the issue in which they appear. Additional copies may be purchased for $6 each.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify the editors immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published material. 
  • We do not consider book-length works. 
  • Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting: to subscribe, visit http://hfr.clas.asu.edu/store.


About HFR's Editorial Process 

PLEASE NOTE: We no longer accept submissions by mail or email. We will only review work that has been received through Submittable.

The editorship at HFR changes at the beginning of each year, and as a result, our aesthetic changes every few issues. Our current editors can be found on our masthead.

HFR editors do not read during June and July—because our staff is very small, our response time is currently 9+ months and can even in some cases take significantly longer. We don't like to rush through the reading; we give each piece considerable time. We're working to shorten this time and so will now be closed to submissions in May, June, and July. 

For information about submitting in a particular genre, see below.

For partial withdrawals please add a note in Submittable.

We look forward to reading your work!

General submissions will open again in August. 

Our current call for issue 62:

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages.

We are looking for the poems that must be long in order to accomplish the poem, and the prose that must not be reduced in length without losing something vital.

Novella in Latin means “new things” and so we invite prose in both fiction and nonfiction that longs to show us something new, to introduce us to an experience we have never had before. We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the novella we can’t stop thinking about. 

Poets, we ask you to give us a poem with complexity, with scope, which is ambitious in the effort to express itself and skilled in its execution. We are looking for the poems we want to climb into and which hold us in suspension such that we do not want to emerge.

We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until November 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. 

As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible. Note that we may close the submissions window early and will likely privilege early submissions as can only accept a few pieces before the issue is filled. We will begin reading for this issue on August 15, please do not expect a response before this time.

HFR would like to extend an apology for our lagging response time. We are working to catch up and hope to return to a four-month response by the end of summer.

In the meantime, we have closed the submissions for issues 59 through 61 and are accepting only for our "long" issue (62). Please see guidelines below.

A note on accessibility: It has come to our attention that Submittable may not be accessible to visually impaired writers. HFR is committed to accessibility and wants to receive submissions from all writers equally. If you are a visually impaired writer who is currently unable to submit via Submittable due to accessibility issues, you may send your submission as an attachment in .pdf format to hfr AT asu.edu. Note that submissions received via email which are outside the current submission period, or do not suit the current call(s) or current guidelines, will not receive a response. If you have questions concerning this policy, please email us at the above address.

Ends on November 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00

Translations should follow the guidelines for submission for the genre in which they are submitting. Both sets of guidelines appear below.

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages.

We are looking for the poems that must be long in order to accomplish the poem, and the prose that must not be reduced in length without losing something vital.

Novella in Latin means “new things” and so we invite prose in both fiction and nonfiction that longs to show us something new, to introduce us to an experience we have never had before. We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the novella we can’t stop thinking about. 

Poets, we ask you to give us a poem with complexity, with scope, which is ambitious in the effort to express itself and skilled in its execution. We are looking for the poems we want to climb into and which hold us in suspension such that we do not want to emerge.

We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until November 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. 

As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible. Note that we may close the submissions window early and will likely privilege early submissions as can only accept a few pieces before the issue is filled. We will begin reading for this issue on August 15, please do not expect a response before this time.

Ends on November 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages.

We are looking for the poems that must be long in order to accomplish the poem, and the prose that must not be reduced in length without losing something vital.

We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the poetry we can’t stop thinking about. 

Poets, we ask you to give us a poem with complexity, with scope, which is ambitious in the effort to express itself and skilled in its execution. We are looking for the poems we want to climb into and which hold us in suspension such that we do not want to emerge.

We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until November 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. 

As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible. Note that we may close the submissions window early and will likely privilege early submissions as can only accept a few pieces before the issue is filled. We will begin reading for this issue on August 15, please do not expect a response before this time.

Ends on November 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella.

Novella in Latin means “new things” and so we invite prose in both fiction and nonfiction that longs to show us something new, to introduce us to an experience we have never had before. We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the novella we can’t stop thinking about. 

We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until November 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. 

As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible. Note that we may close the submissions window early and will likely privilege early submissions as can only accept a few pieces before the issue is filled. We will begin reading for this issue on August 15, please do not expect a response before this time.