Welcome to the Dreamers Creative Writing Book Review submissions form!
As per our our general submissions, our Book Review deadlines are rolling. Please use 12 pt. font and double-spaced formatting, 2-3 pages. Include the book price and publisher. Multiple submissions are fine.
Our current deadline is October 1, 2018.
In keeping with the theme of the website, we’re accepting reviews of books of any kind—short story collections, novels, memoirs, chapbooks, first-hand accounts from within the linen closet of Dante’s Inferno—but would prefer those that are related in some way to wellness writing. For example, I wrote a review of sam sax’s Madness, a book of poetry concerning mental and physical health. As I write this, I’m working on a review for Michael Pollan’s new book, a nonfiction number entitled: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. The options are almost endless.
I’ll provide you with a few pieces of advice that my poetry professor gave me this year: Firstly, never write a negative review. What’s the point? It’ll be more enjoyable for you, for us and may even facilitate a dialogue with the author you’re reviewing. By all means, you can find issues with a work—the best pieces of art, no doubt, leave us conflicted—but if it isn’t for you, then it likely isn’t for us. Secondly, the book review functions on film-trailer logic: entice, but don’t spoil. Describe and recommend memorable scenes that struck you, but if those scenes hinge on shock or twist, leave those for the reader. Thirdly, read a few reviews by those who know what they're doing before submitting. This should provide some guidance for structure.
Lastly, creativity stems from the shattering of rules. If you think you really have something good that defies a guideline I’ve listed here, send it our way. I’ll consider it. I’m young and naïve.
-Will Bahr, Dreamers Book Review Editor