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 check out our Procedures & Style Guide, and pitch us using the form below!
ARB is always interested in critical essays on speculative fiction and related topics. We also invite pitches for guides: a brief introduction and a short annotated reading list for an author, topic, or subgenre. For reviews, here are some titles coming out in December that have caught our attention:
- Grime by Sibylle Berg, translated by Tim Mohr
- Expect Me Tomorrow by Christopher Priest
- Cursed Bunny: Stories by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur
- Hawa Hawa and Other Stories by Nabarun Bhattacharya, translated by Shubha Prasad Sanyal
- Flight From the Ages and Other Stories by Derek Künsken
- Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race by Mary-Jane Rubenstein
- Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction edited by Ida Yoshinaga, Sean Guynes, & Gerry Canavan
- Cowboy Hamlets and Zombie Romeos: Shakespeare In Genre Film by Kinga Földváry
- Imaginary Empires: Women Writers and Alternative Futures in Early US Literature by Maria O’Malley
- The Lion’s Country: C. S. Lewis’s Theory of the Real by Charlie W. Starr
Other Review and Essay Options:
- 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 writing 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. Please check out our Procedures & Style Guide to see how it works and what we’re looking for.