20 Publishers that Pay for Book Reviews

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These magazines, journals and websites publish reviews of books for children and young adults, seniors, women, LGBTQ community; of poetry, fiction, non-fiction; and books that languish on publishers’ backlists, on cinema, education, and religion, to name a few. Many of these magazines also publish work in other genres – features, essays, interviews, articles, criticism, memoir, creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. All of them pay writers, from token to pro rates.  –– S. Kalekar

Hamilton Review of Books

This literary journal publishes twice annually, in Spring and Fall, and accepts work by Canadian writers. They publish book reviews and long-form essays on works of Hamiltonian, Canadian and international fiction, nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels. Reviews are 500-750 words and pay CAD50. Essays are 1,500-5,000 words and pay CAD75, and focus on a literary subject; authors may, for example, engage with a book’s subject matter as a jumping-off point for a thematic, personal essay. Details here.

Milwaukee Magazine

This is a monthly magazine covering people, issues and places of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. They publish book reviews and excerpts, and want pitches, not completed work. Other articles they publish are on current issues, local personalities, area businesses, sports, health care, education, politics, arts and culture, architecture and urban life, history, food, shopping, music and nightlife, recreation and the environment. Rates are per word, based on experience and skill. Details here.

Proceedings

This is the flagship of the U.S. Naval Institute and provides an independent forum for discussion on professional topics of interest to the Sea Services. They publish book reviews (650 words maximum), and potential reviewers should send an email to the book review editor describing their writing experience and subjects they feel qualified to review. Apart from these, Proceedings also publishes feature articles and columns. Rates vary, and published non-members also receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Naval Institute. Details here.

Air & Space/Smithsonian

This is a magazine for aerospace enthusiasts, and is an adjunct of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum. Writing a department piece is one of the best ways of breaking into the magazine. This includes book reviews, which should be 200-450 words about a soon-to-be-released or recently released book, and reviews of videos, movies, aerospace-related recreational products, or software. They also publish other departments and in-depth features. They want queries, not complete articles. Rates vary, and they offer kill fees. Details here.

OutLook by the Bay

This is a magazine for the active Chesapeake Bay senior. The reader is typically over 50, retired or a part-timer. They publish book reviews of interest to seniors. They also publish articles on lifestyle, finances, health, nutrition and housing. Articles need to be upbeat, motivational, conversational, entertaining and informative. Their guidelines have several topics potential contributors can consider, including mastering the computer for the late beginner, container gardening, volunteer opportunities abroad, travel deals for the senior citizen and educational opportunities for seniors. They do not want profiles of local personalities, stories or poems. Payment is upon publication, and they accept reprints. Details here.

Los Angeles Review of Books

They want pitches on all topics from journalists, authors, professional and freelance writers – book reviews, hard news journalism, a feature article or an op-ed. Pitches must be 200-500 words. They offer an honorarium, say that writers can choose to be paid, or donate their pay back to the magazine. Details here.

Slightly Foxed

This is the literary magazine for nonconformists, “for people who don’t want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing.” They say they introduce readers to all the great books that languish on publishers’ backlists but which often disappear from bookshops. “Contributors are encouraged to discuss their chosen books with passion and wit … to delight in eccentricity and to share the joys of exploring the extraordinary, the little-known and the downright peculiar.” Past contributors include Robert Macfarlane and Diana Athill. Details here.

Westerly Magazine

This Australian magazine publishes short stories, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, essays and literary criticism. Their reviews are between 500-700 words, to be published online or in print. They pay AUD75 for reviews, AUD75-100 for poetry, and AUD150 for features and short stories. Their style guide is quite specific about submissions. Details here.

Contemporary Verse 2

This quarterly literary journal publishes poetry and poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Reviews should be 600-1,000 words, and pay $50-80. They pay $30 per poem, $50-100 for interviews and articles, and $40-150 for essays. Unsolicited overseas contributors (from outside of Canada and the US) whose fee is $40 or less (one poem or review) will receive only their two contributor copies as payment. Apart from submission guidelines, their website has a section on tips for publishing. Details here.

Poetry Ireland Review

They welcome poetry and proposals for reviews and articles in Irish and English from Ireland and abroad. They particularly want work from women and writers of diverse ethnicities. The payment for an article or a review is a minimum of €75, and for poems is €40, plus a copy of the journal. Details here.

The Bloomsbury Review

They publish book reviews, essays, poetry, interviews, and other book-related articles. They ask writers to never contact the publisher or the author of a book when they have submitted a review to TBR. They publish 1,200 reviews in a good year. Their website has several points on how they want their reviews written – style, length, format and tips on what makes a good review. Reviewers may opt for gift subscriptions in lieu of cash payment. Their pay scale is: book reviews of 600 or more words, $10 to $15 (1-year subscription) — reviews of less than 600 words are not paid; poetry $5 to $10 per poem (1-year subscription); essays, features, and interviews, $20 to $50 (2- to 4-year subscription). Details here.

The Lifted Brow

Australian magazine The Lifted Brow accepts online work in two categories: The Lifted Brow Review of Books and Commentary. According to their guidelines, they “want to see what you can do when the usual confines of book reviewing are removed” and want reviews “that are weird, that break boundaries (technical, artistic, moral…), that you couldn’t get published anywhere else.” Submit pitches, not completed reviews. Pay for online pieces is AUD100. The flagship print magazine also publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews and commentary, and rates range from AUD100-300. Details here.

Plenitude Magazine

They want literature and arts created by LGBTIQ people. Apart from book reviews, they also publish literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film – work that focuses on queer histories, cultures, experiences, and sensibilities. Query the editors for reviews. They pay $80 per prose contribution, including reviews, and $35 per poem. Details here.

Cineaste

This quarterly publication offers social, political and aesthetic perspective on cinema. Book reviews should deal with newly published books (or up to two years old), and may be single-book or multiple-book reviews. They encourage review-essays in which the discussion serves as a vehicle for a broader treatment of ideas or issues, and individual book reviews should be 1,000-1,500 words. They also publish feature articles, interviews, film reviews, DVD and Blu-Ray reviews, and columns. Pay is $18 for Short Take reviews, $36 for book or DVD reviews (in the case of book or DVD reviews posted on their website as Web Exclusives, no cash payment is offered), $45 for film reviews and short articles, columns, sidebar interviews, or essays, and $90 for feature articles or interviews. Details here.

Women in Higher Education

They are interested in articles on the following topics for their newsletter: advice from successful women on campus, communication techniques, leadership, career strategies, ethical values, using intuition, research on gender differences, mentors and role models, problems facing women chairs, and ending sexual harassment. Departments include Moveable type, which is a synopsis of a useful book, of 800-1100 words. They also publish essays, features and interviews, and pay $150 for solicited guest contributions. Details here.

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts

They want writing by women, trans, genderqueer, and two-spirit Canadian writers on topics relating to literary arts. Apart from book reviews, possible genres include creative non-fiction, literary criticism, essays, and any innovative, alternative or hybrid genres. Submissions should explore topics related to women and other marginalized groups in literary arts. Submissions can be in English or French. They pay CAD200. Details here.

London Review of Books

This venerable magazine accepts unsolicited submissions as well as proposals. Apart from reviews, writers can send poems, reportage, memoir, articles for their Short Cuts and Diary slots, and blog posts. Details here.

Booklist

This is the American Library Association’s prepublication review journal for public and school librarians. They primarily publish book reviews (about 8,000 a year) to help librarians with selection, collection development, and readers’ advisory. They also publish top 10 lists, read-alikes, core collections, author interviews, and other features. They assign freelance book reviews, and pay $15 for book reviews, $12.50 for blog posts, and negotiated fees for feature articles. They value multicultural perspectives. Details here.

First Things

This magazine is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational organization. Apart from book reviews (1,250-1,500 words), they also publish opinion pieces and features for their magazine, articles for the web, and poetry. Contributors are paid an honorarium. Details here.

The Horn Book

The Horn Book Magazine is a distinguished journal in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Articles should be of a critical nature on some aspect of children’s literature. The magazine publishes reviews selectively. They also accept ‘Cadenza’ submissions — witty commentaries, send-ups, poems, sketches, comics, cartoons, etc. They do not accept fiction, or work by children. Payment is upon publication. Submission details are unspecified for the semiannual The Horn Book Guide, which only publishes reviews of children’s literature. Details here.

 

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