Speculative Fiction Reviews
Your review should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Use the DOCX file format for submitting your review. Attach this file to your email submission. Do not put the text of your review into the body of the email.
Use the Times New Roman font for submitting your review (or an equally legible serif font of your choice).
Your review should have an original title. “A Review of New Novel by Mary Smith” will be added as a subtitle to your review, so your review must have an original title in addition.
Include a cover letter in your submission. Your cover letter should include a summary of why you are interested in this particular work and why it merits more attention in the speculative fiction community. The cover letter may be in the body of your email or in an attached document.
Priority will be given to works published within six months of the publication date of the next issue of SRSF, however, you may still submit reviews of works published within five years of that date. For older works, see the “Essays on Speculative Fiction Classics” section.
Email your review to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Review Submission.”
We accept queries for submissions. Send your cover letter to email@example.com with the title “Review Query.”
The Seattle Review of Speculative Fiction reviews works of SF published recently, usually within the three months prior to the issue’s release. Often it is necessary to dig a little deeper, but we won’t stray back more than five years.
We primarily review novels, but we are open to reviews of works in other media, particularly film.
We are looking for reviews that are both discerning and clearly written. We want reviews that really dig into a work and reveal its inner character, that are unafraid to hold it accountable for both its merits and flaws, and to share a clear view of what those are.
Novels of Interest
We are particularly interested in receiving review submissions for the following novels for Volume 1, Issue 1 (deadline March 1, 2019):
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
The Smoke by Simon Ings
Golden State by Ben Winters