Submission Guidelines

KSR is now recruiting its next editorial team for the 2020-2021 year! Fill out the form here to apply to be an associate editor.
The pitch process for the 2021 print journal is now open. Click here to submit a pitch to the journal.
We accept pitches for KSR Online year-round. To submit a pitch to the online edition, please email with a brief summary of your article.

Founded in 2000, the Kennedy School Review is the only general-interest journal published by students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. KSR publishes timely, provocative articles that will influence policymakers and practitioners and stimulate public debate in a variety of formats. We primarily publish long-form research, op-eds, and interviews.

We accept pitches from students, policy practitioners, and researchers on any subject relevant to policy and politics in the United States and around the world. All are welcome to submit a pitch, including those who do not have an affiliation with Harvard. It is our mission to publish articles written from a wide variety of perspectives, including by people who have not written for publication before. We know that writing for publication can be a daunting task, but we stand ready to be a resource for writers.

Pitches need not be fully written articles and should include:

  • An abstract or concept of a proposed piece (no more than 300 words).
  • Plans for future research.
  • An indication of preferred formats (print journal, digital, podcast, or video).

If you have any questions, please email


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?

Samples of successful pitches from previous journals can be found at this link. Please note that there is no perfect pitch, and following the format of these pitches may not lead to success.