Submission Guidelines


The Kennedy School Review is calling for your pitches for our annual print journal! We’re looking for timely, provocative articles that will influence policymakers and practitioners, stimulate public debate, and make a smart contribution to this year’s Review. If you have an idea for a long-form feature, op-ed, interview, illustration, or other kind of policy piece, we want to hear it!

Pitches are due Sunday, November 12th by 11:59pm through this pitch form.

The Kennedy School Review is the only generalist policy journal at HKS and one of its longest running. We publish one print journal a year late in the spring semester, along with dozens of pieces on our website year-round. To get your piece in the annual print journal, you must 1) submit a pitch and 2) be selected by the KSR team. Selected authors will be notified just before Thanksgiving break.

Print journal pitches should include:

  • The type of article you’d like to write (e.g., long-form feature, interview, book review)
  • An abstract or concept of your proposed piece
  • Any future plans for research or interviews

We realize that pitching a piece may feel daunting, and we want to help you work through ideas. Throughout the pitch process, journal editors will hold several informal “BYO Coffee Chats” on a drop-in basis, where you can stop by to talk about possible pitches. The Coffee Chat schedule is below.

  • Tues, 10/24 – 12:00 to 1:30pm, Lounge above HKS Cafe
  • Fri, 10/27 – 4:00 to 5:30pm at Quorum Call
  • Wed, 11/1 – 1:00 to 2:30pm, Lounge above HKS Cafe
  • Tues, 11/7 – 11:00am to 12:30pm, Lounge above HKS Cafe
  • Fri, 11/10 – 4:00 to 5:30pm at Quorum Call

We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity! Writing for the print journal is a great way hone your professional writing skills, and past print authors have successfully leveraged their work when reaching out to future employers. Additionally, copies will be sent to decision-makers across a broad range of domestic and international organizations.

If you have any questions, please email



The KSR Website features op-eds, interviews, and commentary on pressing policy-related issues and current events. Articles should be between approximately 500 and 900 words and authors will receive editing support from the KSR team. We welcome potential submissions from both within and outside the Kennedy School of Government. We also welcome video and other media content.

Below are a few writing prompts for inspiration on any policy issue:

  • What about this issue do most people (or media) miss, misunderstand, or misrepresent? What do readers need to know to more fully or accurately understand the issue?
  • What makes this issue particularly important at this point in time or in a certain geography? How can policymakers address these context-specific hurdles?
  • Is this issue a cyclical/chronic issue? Why does it resist a sustainable solution?
  • Who is most harmed or benefited by this issue? Is it the group you would suspect, or a less obvious group?

Please submit pitches or drafts to