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 March of next year that we’d be interested in covering:
- Lone Women by Victor LaValle
- Lost Places by Sarah Pinsker
- A Brief History of Living Forever by Jaroslav Kalfar
- The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan
- Loki’s Ring by Stina Leicht
- White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link
- Rubicon by J.S. Dewes
- the book of webs by Jesse Kohn
- The Collapsing Frontier by Jonathan Lethem
- The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older
- The Curator by Owen King
- The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
- Old Babes in the Woods by Margaret Atwood
- Nothing but the Rain by Naomi Salman
- The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Eric LaRocca
- immechanica by E. F. Coleman
- New Suns 2 edited by Nisi Shawl
- Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo
- The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi
- The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud
- Quantum Radio by A.G. Riddle
- The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland
- Monstrilio by Gerardo Sámano Córdova
- The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten
- Transplantation Gothic: Tissue transfer in literature, film, and medicine by Sara Wasson
- Naomi Mitchison: A Writer in Time edited by James Purdon
- Every Living Thing: The Politics of Life in Common by Jenell Johnson
- Middle Eastern Gothics: Literature, Spectral Modernities and the Restless Past edited by Karen Grumberg
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.