Monday, July 9, 2018

Guidelines for Book Reviews

  • Books must be written by disabled and/or neurodivergent authors and/or have disabled and neurodivergent main characters.
  • Reviews may not exceed 2,000 words.
  • All text must be in the body of an email with double-spacing between paragraphs.
  • Email subject line:  "Book Review Submission [Your Name]".
  • All submissions should be sent to handyuncappedpen[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Please refrain from giving a book a score.  Just tell us if it's worth the read, not worth it, or if you're on the fence.
  • Please send your contact information and a third-person biography in the email.  You don't need to include the author's biography.
  • It would be helpful (but isn't required) if you would send the book's cover image with a description of it.
  • Anthologies as well as issues of literary magazines focusing on disability, neurodivergence, illness, etc. can be reviewed.
Notes on ethics:
  • Please do not review books by family or close friends.
  • Reviewers are allowed to ask authors for review copies if the only way to find a copy is to purchase one (and the cost is prohibitive).
  • Reviewers will never accept payment from authors.
  • No review-for-review agreements between authors.

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