Chicago Book Review is dedicated to reviewing books published in Chicago and the Midwest, written by authors based in the area, and/or written about or set in Chicagoland. We review all genres, but books without a Chicago or Midwestern connection will not be considered, so, really, don’t bother sending us something without a Chicago connection unless you want to share free books for no good reason.
We welcome appropriate books and prefer those that have published or will publish +/- three months (e.g., April 2015 will feature books published roughly between January 2015 and July 2015), although some exceptions may be made, at our discretion. Reviews—positive or negative—are never guaranteed, so know and understand that any books submitted to CBR may or may not be read or reviewed.
We accept newly published finished books, bound galleys, advance reader copies, galleys, and PDFs. We’re also on NetGalley.
All submissions must include the following information:
– Chicago connection
– U.S. list price
– Publisher and imprint
– Publication format
– Number of pages in the finished book
– 13-digit ISBN
– Month of publication
Mail materials to:
Chicago Book Review
PO Box 808
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-0808
Any and all materials submitted for review become the property of Chicago Book Review and ChicagoBookReview.com; materials will not be returned. COD and/or postage-due packages will be declined and returned to senders. Reviews—positive or negative—are never guaranteed.
Special Note to Self-Published Authors
NOTE: AS OF MAY 2014, CHICAGO BOOK REVIEW IS NOT ACCEPTING SELF-PUBLISHED TITLES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please do not send your self-published book for review; any books received after May 10, 2014, will be donated unread.
Chicago Book Review accepts self-published titles for review (except for right now—see above). But we believe that “self-published” should not be a synonym for “unprofessional.” So, be sure to read the guidelines above. Send us your edited, published book along with all the information requested above, ideally in a prepared sell sheet or press release. Hand-written notes on lined school paper or scrawled on index cards and shoved into the book … probably not a good idea.