Become a NewPages reviewer.
NewPages accepts flash reviews for publication on our blog year-round. We are not a paying market. We do not assign reviews nor provide the reading materials, but want readers to share what they are already reading on their own, just as they would to someone who asks, “What are you reading?”
What We’re Looking For:
Send us flash reviews (200 words maximum) on the latest literary magazine, book, or individual piece(s) of writing you’ve read recently and would love to share. Give us something short and sweet, but with substance.
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.
We seek reviews of contemporary literary books from small presses (see our guide to Publishers) or imprints and new magazine issues or publication website content (NOT social media or other forms of self-publishing).
contemporary = published within the past twelve months.
literary = no ‘popular genre’ works (fantasy, thriller, sci fi, murder mystery, etc., unless it is from a publisher/publication we list on our site).
We prefer works that are generally overlooked or underrepresented in review media. If you search the book title/author and the word “review” and it already has multiple pages of reviews or dozens of reviews on community review sites, then it’s not a good match for us.
Please query the editor if you would like confirmation before submitting a review.
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 understand connections happen.
- 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 works published with them.
- No simultaneous submissions please; we are a small staff and our time is precious, so only send us what you write expressly for us.
- Reviews should be entirely written by yourself. We do not accept AI-generated reviews.
If you are not familiar with the short review, you can find examples here.
How to Submit:
Reviews can be submitted via our online submissions manager: npofficespace.com/submit-review/.
Include the title of the book or piece, author, publisher, and publication date.
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 a short bio (under 50 words) written in the third person with any relevant personal links including your social media tags.
Include your Twitter and/or Instagram handle if you have one.
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.
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 be shared via our social media.
There is no payment at this time, just the standard fame and glory.
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:
Questions About Reviewing Not Answered Here?
Contact us for more information and to get started.