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 deakinreview@gmail.com to make sure your title is not already in the editing queue awaiting publication.

  • Please submit book reviews or articles via email to deakinreview@gmail.com

 

Choosing French-language books to review

  • Please contact deakinreview@gmail.com 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 deakinreview@gmail.com).

 

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

Identifiers:

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

Rating:

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.

FAQ

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.