What Are You Reading Reviewer Guidelines

A poster about submitting reviews to feature on the NewPages blog

What are you reading?

We’d love to hear about what you’ve been reading. Whether it’s a new issue of your favorite literary magazine, the book you’ve just added to your shelf, or one piece of poetry or prose that really spoke to you, we’re looking forward to your recommendations.

Share the love

What have you connected with recently? Who said those words that kept you going through another day? How have you re-read a favorite?

Send us an email with a brief, previously unpublished review (200 words maximum) and we’ll share it with our readers on our blog and across our social media accounts.

Reviews should be originally written for NewPages.

Our best advice is to write the review the way you would talk to a friend if you wanted to recommend they read the work. Give some summary, but more on your assessment that gets them interested, and any drawbacks that are fairly worth mentioning.

NewPages seeks reviews of contemporary literary books from small presses and new magazine issues or work. Contemporary = within the past year. Literary = no ‘popular genre’ works (fantasy, thriller, sci fi, murder mystery, etc., unless it is from a publisher we list on our site).

Click here to find example posts.

NewPages practices these ethical boundaries: 

  • No reviews sent from publishers or agencies promoting their own titles.
  • No reviews sent from authors of the work being reviewed.
  • No gratuitous promotion of friends, family, current/past teachers, publishers you are waiting to hear back from, etc. 
  • If you know the author, editor, and/or publisher but believe your review is a fair critique, please disclose that relationship. 
  • We will Google names, and if they show up together, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do. 
  • We do not support publishers requiring authors to provide “cross promotion” of other’s works published with them. 

If your submission is accepted, we will clean up minor errors, and it will appear on the NewPages blog within the next two weeks and shared via our social media. 

There is no payment at this time, just the standard fame and glory.

Have questions?

Contact our editors — info@newpageswork.com

Teachers!

We LOVE that you are using NewPages in the classroom! Writing reviews is a great skill to teach and practice with your students. We would appreciate a ‘heads-up’ as to the assignment, as not everything that works in the classroom translates well to our publication. If you would like to have a Zoom session with our Editor Denise Hill, she would be more than happy to provide a session (40 minutes + Q&A) on review writing. Free! Denise is also a teacher and has provided this workshop to many other students and teachers at various levels of education.

Where to send your review

Send your guest blog post review to info@newpageswork.com with “Review” included in the subject line.

Identify your relationship to the author, editor, and/or publisher. If there is no relationship, say, “No relationship.” If you can’t say this, see the note above. 

Include the title of the publication, author, publisher, and publication date.

Include a short bio (under 50 words) written in the third person with any relevant personal links including your social media tags.

We notify final publication via Twitter handle, so include that if you have one. 

Ownership

NewPages retains the rights to the review, so please do not republish it elsewhere. You are encouraged to give the review a shout-out with a link via your own networks and be sure to tag NewPages:

Twitter: @NewPages

Facebook: @NewPages

Instagram: @newpagesdotcom