Submission Guidelines

Book Review Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in submitting a review for consideration, please have a look at our guidelines:

Choosing English-language books to review

  • Please select a recently published book (i.e., published within the last year) from a local library or retailer (nota bene: regrettably, we cannot reimburse reviewers for purchased books).

  • Please use the search function on our journal's website to make sure the selected title has not already been reviewed and then contact to make sure your title is not already in the editing queue awaiting publication.

  • Please submit book reviews or articles via email to


Choosing French-language books to review

  • Please contact to inform Deakin editors of your interest in reviewing French-language books.

  • If there is a specific title you would like to read, please contact Deakin editors for information about how to proceed.


Reviewers Biography

Please send a brief biography (email two to three sentences about yourself to


Reading and Reviewing Books

  • Number of reviews per issue: On average, there are 15-25 reviews per issue. Reviewers are welcome to submit up to 4 reviews for inclusion in each issue. Additional reviews may be carried over to a future issue.

  • Length: depends on book length. Suggested - 250 words for children’s picture books up to a maximum 500 words for prose-based, novel-length books.


Review format


Required: author(s), title, place of publication, publisher, publication date, format.

Style: Please format your reference using MLA style [n.b., if a book has up to three authors, list them all. For more than three authors, use et al.]

Citation examples from previous issues:
  • Castellucci, Cecil. Odd Duck. Illus. Sara Varon. New York: First Second Books, 2013. Print.
  • Jocelyn, Martha and Nell Jocelyn. Where Do You Look? Toronto: Tundra Books, a Division of Random House of Canada, 2013. Print.
  • Binkow, Howard and Ana Reverend. Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2014. Print.

Optional: suggested age range, price


Required: Star rating (1-not recommended; 2-recommended with reservations; 3-recommended; and 4-highly recommended.)

Full stars only, no half stars, please.

Review: generally we want to leave ample room for creative expression but some things you may want to consider when structuring your review include:

Information about the author: How does this book compare to previous publications? Does this book fit into a pattern of any sort?

Synopsis: please alert readers to plot spoilers!

Opinions: Is there anything to be said about the use of language? Tone? Realistic portrayal? Literary techniques?

Potential recommendation:

  • Good for a specific type of library?
  • Comparison to other stories
  • Reasons to read, reasons to avoid
  • Reasoning behind rating, where applicable


Submitting Reviews

  • MS Word format
  • 12 pt/ Calibri font
  • 1 review per document and following this convention:

File name = audience_title_reviewer name (eg/ K-6_i want candy_sulz)


Publishers' Interest in Reviews

  • Please keep in mind that publishers are indeed sent (or search for) copies of reviews for their titles by our Communications Editor; this is standard practice in the publishing industry.

  • It is therefore especially important to ensure the title, author, etc. are spelled correctly.


When will my review be published? The Deakin editors reserve the right to decide when and if a review will be published. We will contact you if your review is selected for publication.

In the case where the reviewer reviews multiple books as a single review (e.g., a series), is it a good idea to make mention of the other volumes in the series in the review? Yes, please do!


Advance Reading Copies

Attention publishers: The Deakin Review accepts advance reading copies for consideration by Deakin reviewers who work at the University of Alberta Libraries. If a reading copy is selected for review and published in our journal, the book will get catalogued for a special collection in the library (i.e., the "Dr Andrea Deakin Collection of Children's Literature"). Surplus books from the review pile are donated to local charities once a year.