Pitches and Submissions

We are always open to pitches and submissions for our online journal, and are taking pitches and submissions for Issue One until October 1st.

Message us at crbsubmitpitch@gmail.com to pitch or submit a piece for our consideration.

If you want to write something for us but don’t quite know where to start, we can work together to pick a book or topic. Send us an email to see a list of books we’d like reviewed.

All writers published, in an issue or online, will be compensated (upon completion of final draft). Book reviewers will also be provided with a review copy of whatever book they are reviewing.

We don’t have strict guidelines in terms of length—generally, pieces will be between 1500 (shorter review) and 5000 words (long-form essay or investigation). One of our editors will work with you once a pitch is accepted, and we set guidelines on a case by case basis.

We are looking to publish reviews of titles slated for fall release. We want people to use books as a jumping off point to discuss a larger societal issue. Book reviews should also be works of cultural criticism or commentary.

Besides book reviews, we publish works of cultural criticism, art criticism, movie reviews, “literary” or new journalism, and engaging essays that are equal parts first-person narrative and third-person cultural analysis. We’ll figure out if the accepted pitch is better suited for an issue or our online journal, but typically the online journal emphasizes reviews, while issues prioritize journalism and essays and have a more explicit Midwestern focus.

Issue One

Issue One will be released in late 2018.

We are accepting pitches and submissions until October 1.

While our online journal places a priority on reviews, our issues focus on first person essays that slide into third person analysis, “literary journalism”, investigations of Midwest culture, and general cultural criticism.

While intended for both a regional and national audience, issues intentionally highlight Cleveland and Midwestern writers and subjects.