con•text is a new magazine focused on writing about literature, with an emphasis on the reviewer's perspective.
We're a space for talking about literature. We don't run fiction or poetry, but that doesn't mean we're not looking for writing that is creative, inventive, and personal. We like a review that is not only about the book itself, but also about the experience of reading it. We like criticism that turns things over, that is challenging, and that is a pleasure to read.
Written Criticism : We tend to think of book reviews as being at once succinct, exploratory, and personal, showing the reviewer's intimate connection with the text. Criticism may employ outside texts or sources (explicit or implied) in addition to evaluating a central work. We are open to the possibility of reviews or other works of criticism that cross generic boundaries and assume unfamiliar forms. If that's your thing, we hope you'll take advantage of this space to experiment.
Retro Reviews : We'll also occasionally feature personal essays about literature, or reviews of older works.
Graphic, Sonic, and Multimedia : We're opening the floor to reviews and criticism in uncommon forms. We'll see what we can do to meet your technical specifications.
Any written work should fall between 800-1,500 words, give or take.
To Submit: You can find any submission details, and the magazine itself here, or send us an e-mail at:
contextreviewsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )