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 500-1,600 word review of the book? If so, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is seeking requests from academics who are knowledgeable in their field. You can 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. You can choose one of these or any other publisher, and contact their marketing department directly with the titles in their catalogs of books that interest you. 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. Consider if you need a book on their lists for your research. There is no limit for how long ago a given scholarly book has been published.

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. If you have already completed the review, send the review and a paragraph biography for you. 

A copy of the review will be sent to the publisher. 

You should send requests or submissions 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, 1108 W 3rd Street, Quanah, TX  79252. It is always a good idea to first send a query with information about a book before sending a printed book, in case it is outside of current areas of interest. Please mail copies via regular mail – do not request certification or other special delivery options.


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