Authors, Publicists, Editors:
Is there a forthcoming (or just out) novel, novella, graphic novel, story collection, or book about fiction that you’d like us to consider for review?
Fiction Writers Review welcomes previously unpublished reviews, essays, literary interviews, and guest blog posts from fiction writers, poets, graphic novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters. The editors will also consider work from librarians, journalists, other publishing professionals, and literary critics interested in forming connections across the arts and throughout the book world.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can not respond individually to each query. Typical response time for submissions ranges from 4 – 6 weeks. Please see the guidelines below for more information.
We will not be accepting unsolicited submissions between July 6th and September 3rd. If you would like us to consider your work, please re-submit your query after Labor Day, once we’ve resumed our fall schedule.
- We’re looking for craft-centered reviews, not plot summaries or “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” assessments. We believe that a good review—regardless of form, length, or format—leaves a reader thinking about writing in a new way, regardless of whether they decide to purchase the book or not. One that will teach us a bit more about how we interact with literature, and how we pursue our own craft as authors. Please read Jeremiah Chamberlin’s “The Good Review” and Charles Baxter’s “Owl Criticism” for a bit more on what we’re looking for. Average range: 800 – 1,500 words.
- We consider reviews of hardcover releases of literary novels, story collections, and graphic novels, as well as paperback originals in these categories. We have a particular interest in debut authors, international literature, and books published by independent presses.
- We also consider reviews of non-fiction titles about fiction or the writing life, or memoirs and biographies about writers.
- We do not review the following: (1) self-published books, (2) strictly genre work, (3) fan fiction, (4) general non-fiction, or (5) titles that only appear in e-book or digital format. We know this means we’ll miss some excellent books, but because we are a volunteer organization with a limited staff we simply can’t read everything that’s released each year.
- We try to review titles within a month of publication, and we typically schedule content several months in advance. As such, queries for review should ideally be received 3 – 4 months prior to publication.
- Reviews must be original, unpublished content. Work can not have appeared anywhere in print or online, including on personal blogs or book sites. However, writers retain their rights to publish the work elsewhere after it appears on Fiction Writers Review, so long as a line of attribution appears such as: “This [essay/review/interview] was originally published on Fiction Writers Review” or “An earlier version of this [essay/review/interview] was published on Fiction Writer’s Review.”
- We are interested in interviews with both emerging and established writers, ideally timed to the release of a new book by the subject.
- Interview submissions should follow the style and format of the interviews published on our site. We are looking for conversations, not Q & As. Average range: 2,500 – 3,000 words.
- We also seek essays on craft, voice, reading, the writing life, the book industry, and related topics.
- Again, please familiarize yourself with the style and format of this feature. Average range: 2,000 – 3,000 words.
- Finally, we welcome submissions for one of the literary series on our Blog:
Please send all queries for possible work with a brief (1 – 2 paragraph) pitch, a bio, and either one writing clip of a previously published review or an example of your work. If you would like us to consider an unpublished review, essay, interview, or blog series post that is already written, please send the finished feature along with a brief (1 – 2 paragraph) overview of the piece and your bio.
Email all inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation (or, lack thereof):
Sadly, at this point we can’t offer more than a heap of gratitude for work published on FWR, which is a labor of love. Even our editorial staff works on a volunteer basis. That said, we have a diverse and growing audience, one that averages 10,000 unique visitors a month. So your work will be noticed and read by a literary readership.
FWR does receive free review copies (solicited and unsolicited) from publishers and authors. Some of these books are reviewed or discussed on our site, and a few are even chosen as our Book of the Week–-but most unsolicited titles are not. You can read more about the FTC’s updated guidelines for endorsements here.
Further, we feel it’s important in light of new FCC regulations to stress that we are not performing some kind of advertising service for publishers with the work that we do on this site. Fiction Writers Review is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose literary purpose as a charitable organization is to provide a public forum for conversations about the craft of fiction, literature, and the writing life. We are under no obligation to review a books simply because we receive a review copy. We only consider a small percentage of the books submitted to us, and of these, we only publish reviews of the select ones our reviewers have individually chosen.
Also, we have a policy that contributors do not publish reviews of books written by friends or colleagues; however, contributors may certainly interview an author that he or she has a personal or professional relationship with.