Book Reviews

Portland Review accepts book review submissions year-round via Submittable.

We are looking for thoughtful, engaging book reviews between 1200-2500 words. Reviews should be for forthcoming or recently published works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, including anthologies, graphic novels or hybrid works. While we we may accept reviews of popular books or authors, we are especially interested in small press and indie titles. 

A strong submission will show a writer’s engagement not only with the book’s content, themes, and craft, but will also interrogate/apply its meaning in broader historical or cultural contexts whether aesthetically, politically, or intellectually.  Please see examples of reviews we have published previously

  • Please submit completed reviews, rather than pitches. We will respond within 3-4 weeks. 
  • Please do not send simultaneous submissions.
  • Please disclose any relationship you have to the author of the book you’re reviewing if one exists.
  • In your cover letter and at the top of your review, please list the book title, author’s name, press name, publication date, and your name and email address.