Calls for Reviews & Essays: October 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 October that we’re interested in covering:



Other Review and Essay Options:

  • With the release of the new Dune film (Oct. 22), we are interested in essays or reflections on or related to the franchise. Topics might include: reflections on Dune’s multimedia history; discussions of orientalism, appropriation, and the white savior complex; under-discussed aspects of Dune, such as its community-based ecological praxis; Dune’s relation to T.E. Lawrence or past and current petropolitics; guides or introductions to the later Dune novels or Frank Herbert’s non-Dune SF.
  • With the release of the film Antlers (Oct. 29), we are interested in essays or reflections on or related to Indigenous horror. Topics might include: works by Antlers writer Nick Ancosta; horror and horror-adjacent writers such as Stephen Graham Jones, Owl Goingback, Cherie Dimaline, Kathleen Alcalá, Rebecca Roanhorse, or the anthologies Taaqtumi or Deer Woman; the use and mis-use of Indigenous and Native American myths and imagery in horror film.
  • 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.
  • We are accepting pitches for review and essay series, such as re-reads of an author.
  • 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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