Deadline: None. This is a standing call.
Contact: Karen Zarker
Email: zarker at popmatters dot com
PopMatters seeks intelligent and open minds to review books covering the entire spectrum of popular culture, from the big guns of the megapublishers to the edgy voices coming from the radical indie presses. Ideal reviews provide contextual commentary and bring an historical awareness to the piece—PopMatters book reviews are far more substantial than the average “liked it / hated it” review.
Standard book reviews average 800 words, shorter reviews are published on our books blog, Re:Print. Longer, in-depth essays are encouraged for worthy books, and the best pieces—those that set the subject matter in a culturally and historically relevant context, and are written in an informed and entertaining manner—will be considered for placement in the Re:Print column or features.
We regularly provide curated lists of books for review, which we will order for you upon assignment, and we also welcome suggestions.
We are happy to arrange author interviews when possible, as well.
Interested in writing for the PopMatters’ books blog, Re:Print? In Re:Print, we are especially interested in covering new vistas in publishing (eBooks, web-exclusive publishing, hypertext projects) and book-related issues, such as censorship, rights arguments, and the struggle for essential truth in memoir and non-fiction. Blog entries are often shorter than book reviews. Please indicate your interest in blogging about books in your application.
Many of our writers are called upon for their opinion by notable members of the media such as the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, Radio Australia, and VH1. Publications such as USA Today.com, Alternet.org, and Movies.com regularly pick up links to PopMatters articles and post quotes from PopMatters writers. Many PopMatters stories are carried across McClatchey-Tribune’s wire services with more than 60 US newspapers and 1,200 media clients worldwide and MCT Campus, a national wire service reaching more than 1,000 college and high school newspapers.
Interested parties, please send a query with your background and areas of interest, along with three samples of your writing, including one review of a book not in our archive that would be your first published piece at PopMatters if you are accepted, to:
- Karen Zarker, Senior Editor, zarker at popmatters dot com. IMPORTANT: Please put ‘PopMatters Book Reviewer’ in your email subject line.