To pitch an article to us, or to inquire about submitting a drafted article, please write to editor[at]chinabooksreview.com.
Below are the sections we currently accept contributions for:
Reviews — Punchy, argument-driven reviews of recent single titles (c.1500 words) and longer review-essays that engage with multiple titles and deeper themes (c.3000 words).
Essays — Essays that engage with broader ideas and trends in China and the Sinophone world, from culture and society to politics and history, adding original voice or material to the conversation while engaging with its literature (c.1500-3000 words).
Profiles — Interviews with prominent Chinese or China-focused authors, thinkers, artists and other public figures (especially in the literary or cultural sphere), written up as a story with a particular angle or focus (c.2000 words).
Stories — Dispatches and narrative reportage from on the ground in China and the Sinophone world (c.1500-3000 words). Occasionally, personal stories or fiction (mostly excerpted from books).
Archive Picks — Articles (c.1000 words) or lists (5 books, one paragraph on each plus introduction) presenting older China books (10+ years, all the way into the deep archive) in a fresh light or new context.
Reader Letters — Short responses (c.250 words) to articles published on the site. Please submit directly, including a letter title and one line bio, and note the title and author of the article you are reacting to in the letter itself.
We pay a competitive rate for accepted articles, except for reader letters. Please review our standards before pitching.
When pitching, consider why your proposed piece is thought-provoking and timely. Why should the general reader care about this topic? What does it say more broadly about China or the Sinophone world? Will it surprise us, or tell us something we already know? What questions does it answer? You should be making an original argument or drawing out a theme, not just surveying a subject.
Please keep it short, both in consideration of our inbox and to demonstrate that the idea has a clear single focus. Include a brief bio, and links to previous work of a similar form. A suggested title can be helpful to clarify your angle and how it might pique readers’ interest. Remember that we are a publication for the general reader, not just for China “experts”. If your topic is too niche, or the approach too academic, it is likely not a fit.
Note that principal books under review should have been published in the last year. Additional books that are mentioned, paired or recommended in lists, need not be.
We read all pitches and endeavor to reply in a timely fashion. If you have not heard back from us after ten days, however, please accept our apologies for not replying — we get a lot of mail — and assume that we are not accepting it.
If you are an author, publisher, illustrator or reader, please see how to contact us instead.