Book Reviews

Book Review Guidelines

Reviews for Free Books: Are you interested in receiving a free book from the publisher in exchange for writing a thorough 1,200-1,600 word review of the book? If so, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is seeking requests from academics who are knowledgable in their field. Please choose one of the publishers from the following list (these have agreed to send free books):

Pearson Higher Education

Harvard University Press

Random House – Academic

Penguin Group – Academic

Cambridge University Press

SUNY Press

University Press of Colorado

University of Nebraska Press


Duke University Press

Columbia University Press

Palgrave Macmillan


The University of Alabama Press

University of Chicago Press

John Hopkins University Press


Ohio State University Press

All of the above publishers asked that if a book is requested, a review should be published. If you are interested in a different publisher, you will have to contact their marketing department directly. Please go on the publisher’s website, and choose a book from their catalogue that you anticipate in advance you will enjoy reading or will be useful for your research. Some negative remarks can be productive, but rants are not appropriate. Take a look at the essays or books that you are working on composing. Do you need a book on their lists for your research? The book should have been published in the last five years, or, preferably, the last two years.

Some requests might not be granted, if the publisher has any reservations. 

If PLJ is not already familiar with your work, please send a copy of your C.V. and a few sentences describing why you are interested in the specific book that you are requesting in the email where you choose a press and a specific book for your review. Everybody should also include their mailing address in their query, as the book will be mailed directly to you by the publisher.

The quality of your writing in these reviews is even more important than for the critical essays. A copy of the review will be sent to the publisher. The review should be between 1,200 and 1,600 words.

You should send requests by email to Anna Faktorovich, Editor-in-Chief at

Mailing Any Other Books for Review to PLJ: If you have published a book with any publisher, or if you are a publisher and would like to have your book(s) reviewed by PLJ, mail a copy of the book (with or without marketing materials) to Anna Faktorovich, PhD, Director, 5755 E. River Rd., #2201, Tucson, AZ  85750. Please mail copies via regular mail – do not request certification or other special delivery options.

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