Submissions

We publish full issues in spring and fall, and we welcome queries about writing reviews of new or forthcoming titles and essays all through the year.

All submissions must be previously unpublished, and there is no fee to submit your work. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please be sure to indicate at the time of submission if it is simultaneous. We would appreciate being informed immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. At this time, we are accepting submissions from Canadian writers only.

We will acknowledge receipt of your work within a few days of its arrival, and we will confirm acceptance or not within two to three months. Please do not contact us before that time has passed.

We are committed to paying our contributors with a modest honorarium, as follows:

Reviews: $50.00
Essays: $75.00

Reviews and Essays Guidelines

Reviews of books should be between 500 and 750 words in length and contain at least one quotation to give readers a sense of the author’s style. Please include page references for all quotations.

Assume your reader is not familiar with the work you are reviewing. Therefore, include some discussion of the plot, but please avoid relying too much on plot summary. Instead, engage with the book critically, providing a close reading of the work with specific details.

If you feel it is helpful to make reference to aspects of the author’s biography or bibliography, do so briefly. For instance, you might make comparisons to the author’s previous work if it helps you to make a specific point about the work you are currently reviewing.

We encourage constructive criticism in a review. If you do not like the book under review, make a clear case for its flaws and support your points with evidence, but make the effort to understand and articulate what you believe the author’s intentions were.

Include all necessary information at the top of your review, as in the example below:

A Review of Miranda Hill’s Sleeping Funny

Miranda Hill. Sleeping Funny. Doubleday Canada. $29.95, 320 pp., ISBN: 978-0-385-67683-0

Long-form essays should range from 1500-5000 words, and focus on a literary subject. You may, for instance, engage with a particular book’s subject matter as a jumping-off point for a thematic, personal essay incorporating your original thinking and experience. Include references as necessary, as well as a suggested title for your essay.

Please be sure to submit your review or essay in .docx format as an attachment emailed to hamiltonreviewofbooks@gmail.com.