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!
As we enter 2023, ARB is also looking to grow our editorial team; you can read more here if you’re interested.
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 May that we’d be interested in covering:
- Not Alone by Sarah K. Jackson
- City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Spring’s Arcana by Lilith Saintcrow
- The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw
- Momenticon by Andrew Caldecott
- Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
- Bang Bang Bodhisattva by Aubrey Wood
- The Roamers by Francesco Verso
- The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock
- Adrift by Lisa Brideau
- Dual Memory by Sue Burke
- Human Sacrifices by María Fernanda Ampuero, translated by Frances Riddle
- No One Will Come Back for Us by Premee Mohamed
- Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway
- The Monsoon War by Bina Shah
- Mother Sea by Lorraine Wilson
- Afterword by Nina Schuyler
- The Blighted Stars by Megan E. O’Keefe
- Myriad by Joshua David Bellin
- More Perfect by Temi Oh
- Project Chrysalis by Willard Joyce
- Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara
- Battery Life by Brennan Gilpatrick & Gregory Lang
- Witch King by Martha Wells
- Girl Country by Jacqueline Vogtman
- The Bone by Bedri Baykam
- Terrible Worlds: Revolutions by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie
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.
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