The Harvard International Review welcomes all submissions of guest columns and letters to the editor. Columns typically run 1200-1500 words while letters to the editor are a little short at around 600-800 words. All submissions should be sent to the editors-in-chief via email at

Please include your full name, any affiliations with Harvard University or other institutions and organizations relevant to the content of your column, and an evening or mobile phone number so that you can be contacted if your piece is chosen for publication.

Submissions to the HIR must be previously unpublished. We publish letters that are direct responses to an article or a column that appeared in the magazine. Columns, however, are primarily meant to raise new topics for conversation or put forth substantially developed new arguments about an issue already raised in our publication. Though we encourage guest columnists to use prior articles and columns to spark their thinking, submissions that directly reference, quote or paraphrase prior articles will not be chosen for publication.

We do not publish guest columns written on behalf of an organization, club or group, whether at Harvard, in Cambridge, or on a national or international scale. We furthermore strongly discourage groups of people from submitting articles together except when absolutely necessary. In such cases, we will likely restrict primary authorship to one individual, while acknowledging the additional authors in their contributing role.

As a policy, we do not permit anonymous submissions. However if you believe you absolutely cannot write without anonymity, please email with an explanation of your situation.

The HIR reserves the right to edit all submissions prior to publication, though authors will be contacted regarding any major changes. The HIR is responsible for all headlines.

If you are considering writing a letter to the editor or a guest column, please feel free to contact the HIR by email at to discuss your topic before submission.

How best to increase your chances of publication:

1. Email the editors with your pitch before you submit a draft. We’ll work with you to refine your focus and offer any needed suggestions. Know that we do not make decisions about publication until we see a draft from an author.

2. Read the magazine regularly. Our staff articles provide a model for quality writing.

3. Adhere to the word limit. In most cases, we simply don’t have space to publish anything longer than 800 words.

4. Be a member of the Harvard community. We look forward to hearing from students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and anyone else with a connection to Harvard.

5. Follow our style guide, found here.