Ends on August 15, 2017

Guidelines for Book Reviews

-Books must have been published by a small &/or independent press.

  • University presses are okay
  • Try to avoid reviewing chapbooks unless you are reviewing more than one related chapbook within a single review


-All books up for review need to have been published within a year of the release of the issue of GS they will appear in.

For example, a book published in Jan. 2016 could be reviewed in an issue that comes out in Jan. 2017, but not Feb. 2017.

-We do not print negative reviews.

-Reviewers’ names will appear in the table of contents and also a contributor biography will appear in the issue. Reviwers' will not on the back of the journal. Books being reviewed and reviewers’ names will be listed on our website when we announce content for an upcoming issue.

-Often, GS book reviews are written by the editorial staff, not by outside contributors. We may or may not choose to publish a book review submitted to us each submissions period. Reviewers will be notified within the same time frame as others who submit during our open periods.

Format & Copy-editing

FORMAT in WORD by deadline in following manner, please:

Title Of Book Being Reviewed

by Writer of Book Being Reviewed

Name of Press | month/year published

Website of press/book



 Review by [Reviewer’s Name]



◦        We use an indent, rather than a break, to indicate a paragraph break.


◦        Quotes from the book being reviewed must be formatted like this:

o   “Secrecy is a hotbed of vanity” (45).


◦        The author should be referred to by his/her last name or an appropriate pronoun, except when the reviewer first mentions him/her.


◦        We use the Oxford comma.


◦        Numbers 0-99 should be written out:

o   “Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer--”


◦        To indicate line breaks in poetry, please use the slash when citing 4 lines/less. Ex) “I have been one acquainted with the night. / I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.”


◦        Use a double slash to indicate a stanza break. Ex.) “maggie and milly and molly and may / when down to the beach (to play one day) // and maggie discovered a shell that sang…”


◦        When citing 4 lines/more, please indent and type in lines. Example below:


The huge frostbank of the North

Leans over these few days.

Sunlight crumbles in haze,

Saffron of smell and color.

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