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The Massachusetts Review wins a 2021 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize

We are proud to announce that the Massachusetts Review has won a 2021 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize!

The Massachusetts Review is honored to receive this award from the Whiting Foundation,attentive and daring editorship in a time when the literary arts have been overshadowed by political and social strife. To be recognized by such an important organization validates our six decades of work, and, more importantly, celebrates our daring, thoughtful, and essential...


2021 Winner of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize

Congratulations to ABIGAIL CHABITNOY, the winner of our annual Anne Halley Poetry Prize awarded by the Massachusetts Review!

Our poetry editors along with Guest Judge Nathan McClain have selected Abigail Chabitnoy's poem "Girls Are Coming out of the Water" from MR's Native and Indigenous Authors issue (Vol.61, Issue 4) for the prestigious prize. From the judge's note, the award was given for her poem's "power, music, use of repetition, subtle...


Call for Submissions: Climate Crisis Special Issue

This year, for publication in December 2021, the Massachusetts Review is putting together a special issue focused on the climate crisis, climate refugees, and eco-literature. We seek work from international as well as U.S. writers, and plan to present perspectives on the environmental frontlines around the world, particularly the experience of those whose lives have explicitly been affected by climate change.  

As the world finally begins to grapple with human-caused climate change, MR believes that literature can elicit empathy as well as understanding, and that it can inspire action. The...


Celebrating our 10th Annual Jules Chametzky Translation Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions!

We are pleased to announce the winner of our annual Chametzky Translation Prize is Mike Day for his translation of Lu Min's "Song of Parting" from its original Chinese. Published in our Fall 2020 issue, Day's translation of this moving story of a village can be read here.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this prize, our judges included two honorable mentions as well: Bruna Dantas Lobato's translation of Caio Fernando Abreu's "Beyond the Point" (MR Vol. 60, Issue 1) and Mara Faye Lethem's...

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