Calls for Reviews & Essays: July 2021

The Ancillary Review of Books publishes reviews and essays with an emphasis on utopian impulses and systemic injustices. ARB seeks to build a community of radical thinkers writing about amazing, speculative, global writing. If you are interested in writing for ARB, please pitch us using the form below! Some works coming out this July that we’re interested in covering:



Other Review and Essay Options:

  • ARB is interested in an essay or review of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work (her next novel, Velvet Was the Night, comes out in August). Topics might include: her engagement with horror, gothic, and other genres; the importance of time and place in her fiction; Mexican and Mexican American culture in speculative genres. We welcome personal reflections and celebrations of her work, as well, and would love to see a Latinx author for this piece.
  • ARB is interested in essays or reflections on or about the film The Green Knight (July 30). Topics might include gender and sexuality in period pieces or racial representation, erasure, and re-casting in adaptations of Arthurian or other “historical” tales.
  • ARB is always broadly interested in pitches for essays about genre fiction, world literature, literature and media from below, cultural studies, and writing about systemic injustices and utopian impulses.
  • If you’re interested in reviewing anything not on this list, please send us a pitch—we’re interested in a broad range of topics. For works published more than 5 years ago, we are interested in “retrospective reviews” that focus on why this text is worth revisiting.
  • You can also see which titles ARB has available for review.
  • We are accepting pitches for review and essay series, such as re-reads of an author.
  • We are looking for contributors to ARB’s “Zoom and Enhance” series: essays that closely examine a small feature of a work, such as a single line of text or dialog.
  • We welcome pitches for “Ancillary Guides” that introduce readers to an idea by way of a list of 5-10 books that are must-reads on a critical conversation, with brief commentary.

If you are interested in reviewing or essaying for ARB, please fill out the form below: let us know what you’d like to write about, and why you might be suited for it. While we welcome new writers, please point us towards any of your reviews or other writing if possible (personal blogs or Goodreads are fine). If there are multiple books for review that catch your eye, please list them in the order you’re interested in reviewing them.

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