Hayden's Ferry Review is an international literary journal out 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 64: MAGIC

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 up to 5 copies.
  • 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!

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.


  

Submit up to 6 poems. Please include your entire submission in one file and be sure your name and contact information are included on the first page of the file. All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager. Acceptable file formats include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Please send one submission at a time and wait for a response before you submit additional work. We do not consider book-length works. Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting. Sample work from current and past issues is available on our website.

Hayden’s Ferry Review is open for submissions for our Magic issue. Magic holds a precarious position in literature as it has become associated with genre, camp, sentimentality and tropes. But magic and writing have a shared history. The first human etched lines into glyphs that didn’t illustrate a thing but represented a sound or a word. Those who understood those glyphs participated in a type of magic, a magic that language does so well to magnify. We are looking for magic that is eccentric and defiant, that creates its own universe within our existing universe. We want magic that brings Magical Realism into the 21st century, that smuggles risk into the realms of the speculative, that makes the fantastic tangible and deepens our lexicon, that renders the grotesque sensual and dangerous, that unveils moments of unexpected grace and terrible wonder. Magical writing should peel back the layers of reality; it should make the serendipitous sing; it should make the ironies of everyday life feel orchestrated and musical. 

As always send us your best work and we are especially interested in writing from underrepresented communities and emerging writers. –

Send us the words no one ever wrote for you

We are looking for visual art in all categories.
Please submit 5-8 pieces at a time. We may ask for additional art based on this submission. We do not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere.

Upon acceptance, we will request high res files, an author's bio, and an artist's statement. We publish art in full color, often selecting between 2 and 4 artists for each issue. One of these will receive cover credit and bookmark credit. 

Note: We are currently looking for art for our Magic themed issue so we are especially interested in anything that fits into this category. Please see our general call for more details.

  

We accept both fiction and non-fiction. Prose should be double-spaced. There is no maximum or minimum word count, though we favor pieces under 25 pages. Please include your entire submission in one file and be sure your name and contact information are included on the first page of the file. We accept one story, essay, novel excerpt, or memoir excerpt per author at any given time. All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager.

Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting. Sample work from current and past issues is available on our website.

Hayden’s Ferry Review is open for submissions for our Magic issue. Magic holds a precarious position in literature as it has become associated with genre, camp, sentimentality and tropes. But magic and writing have a shared history. The first human etched lines into glyphs that didn’t illustrate a thing but represented a sound or a word. Those who understood those glyphs participated in a type of magic, a magic that language does so well to magnify. We are looking for magic that is eccentric and defiant, that creates its own universe within our existing universe. We want magic that brings Magical Realism into the 21st century, that smuggles risk into the realms of the speculative, that makes the fantastic tangible and deepens our lexicon, that renders the grotesque sensual and dangerous, that unveils moments of unexpected grace and terrible wonder. Magical writing should peel back the layers of reality; it should make the serendipitous sing; it should make the ironies of everyday life feel orchestrated and musical. 

As always send us your best work and we are especially interested in writing from underrepresented communities and emerging writers. –

Send us the words no one ever wrote for you.

Hayden's Ferry Review