Political Fiction Publisher

Harvard Square Editions (HSE) is a publisher run by Harvard alumni that grew out of the Harvard Alumni Association group, Harvard Writers and Publishers.

We appreciate aesthetic value and constructive social or political content, especially manuscripts related to climate change, deforestation, and conservation whether are written by men or women. We do not consider works which contain gratuitous levels of profanity and violence.

Harvard alum Editor in Chief David Landau heads up the Editorial Board, which oversees the process of selecting manuscripts for publication with the help of feminist playwright Susan Rubin and other board members.

We’d Love to Hear From You!

  • READERS, pre-order our titles. Let us know the title and your shipping address in the box below, and we’ll send you the invoice.
  • REVIEWERS, request a review copy of our titles. Let us know your web address, email or mailing address in the box below.
  • WRITERS, get in touch on our ‘Submissions‘ page to submit your work.
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What The Critics Say

Winning the silver medal for historical fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards this year, Degelman’s GATES OF EDEN is the story of seven young rebellious Americans involved in the anti-Vietnam war and civil rights movements.
—Uprising Radio, Sonali Kolhatkar
This profound coming of age low keyed fantasy is an engaging thought provoking tale starring a fascinating lead character.
Alternative Worlds, on THE CONJURER'S BOY
How Clements connects the dots between the two fraught relationships is just one of the rewards of this clever and entertaining book.
—Midwest Review, on ALL AT ONCE
Japanese myth beautifully percolates into the lives of the three young people.
Harvard Independent, on the twice-award-winning novel SAZZAE
A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.
Pleiades Book Review, on TRANSOCEANIC LIGHTS
…vivid scenes at a kinky sex club on the outskirts of Greenwich Village with references to the bursting economic bubble and the federal government’s bank bailout.
—Publishers Weekly, on TRADING DREAMS
An incongruous, gorgeous, eclectic mêlée that will open your eyes and mind to the huge potential amongst international authors – you may reach the end with an appreciation of the staid, stagnant state of Western literature and its devices.
—The Truth about Books, which voted VOICE FROM THE PLANET 'Book of the Month'

Our mission is to publish fiction that transcends national boundaries, especially manuscripts that are international, political, literary, sci-fi, fantasy, utopia and dystopia.


Literary Fiction Submissions Guidelines

We are now accepting novels and novella submissions with environmental and social themes, including men’s and women’s fiction, multicultural fiction, climate fiction, political fiction, urban fiction and more. We seek work of the highest literary quality.

Please send queries, including a brief synopsis, the first chapter, the author’s name and contact info and a one-paragraph bio in third person.

Authors are requested to inform Harvard Square Editions immediately if the piece has been accepted by another publication.

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Above Ground – A New Fiction Anthology

A group of award-winning and new authors have contributed to this anthology of short fiction and are donating the net proceeds to Doctors without Borders and Jubilee USA.

National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’ Winner

“S.Li is a singular contribution to the immigrant narrative and a necessary new voice to the growing genre of Asian American literature.” —SAMPAN, On TRANSOCEANIC LIGHTS

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Independent Publishers Award Winner

Author Charles Degelman accepted his Independent Publishers Book Award for the Vietnam protest novel GATES OF EDEN at an award ceremony in New York.

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Nautilus Book Award Winner

Yang Huang’s LIVING TREASURES is also a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Gold Medalist; a top 3 historical novel; Living Now Book Award Medalist; and a Bellwether Prize finalist

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Double Award Winning Japan Novel

The eLit Gold medal winner SAZZAE also picked up a Living Now Book Award for the world’s best lifestyle books. This Japan novel was written as a creative thesis at Harvard.

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