Pitches + Submissions

We are always open to pitches and submissions for our online journal, and are planning on releasing a physical issue in mid-2019. We also made a handy guide for pitching our online journal.

If you want to write something for us but don’t quite know where to start, we can work together to pick a book or topic. Send us an email if you have any questions at all.

All writers published, in an issue or online, will be modestly compensated (upon completion of final draft). Book reviewers will also be provided with a review copy of whatever book they are reviewing.

For book reviews (and any other art criticism), we have four major criteria:

  1. Engage with the text or artifact in a faithful way: provide us an entry point into its world.

  2. Place the book or artifact in a critical context (are there any akin works with similar ambitions? Is there something important about the time and place of the work’s production and publication?

  3. Connect the work to some aspect of contemporary culture, preferably relevant to the Midwest or Cleveland (can be concrete or abstract).

  4. Shoot for 1000 words.

Remember that we don’t publish summaries or simple descriptions of what a work is; rather we want you to use the work as a jumping off point to make your own claims or assertions, whether it’s an indictment of culture or a value judgment of a particular work (etc).

Besides book reviews, we publish works of cultural criticism, art criticism, movie reviews, “literary” or new journalism, and engaging essays that are equal parts first-person narrative and third-person cultural analysis. We are always open to new forms if there’s enough of a connection.

Shoot a message to pitch@clereviewofbooks.com to pitch or submit a piece. Please provide some sort of angle and a provisional idea of how you might go about the review. Also, please send one or two writing samples of previous cultural criticism or reviews you have written.