TLB publishes work on its website that fits under one of two categories: TLB Review of Books, or Commentary – and we welcome pitches for both. This category right here is for pieces that fit under TLB Review of Books; if you’d like to write about anything other than a book or author for us, please submit your pitch via the Commentary category.
Please send pitches only, rather than completed pieces. This saves everyone time! When pitching, please make it clear which specific book/books/author you wish to cover.
Our aim for TLB Review of Books is to do more than publish book reviews that don’t suck. We want to see what you can do when the usual confines of book reviewing are removed. We want reviews that are weird, that break boundaries (technical, artistic, moral…), that you couldn’t get published anywhere else. We want you to be bold, to look at the big picture, to stir up controversy wherever it needs to be stirred. We want you to be as funny, incisive, and smart as you possibly can. If what you’re trying is a little odd or untested, that’s fine! Please send us your most ambitious ideas; we are forever eager to be convinced.
Here are some examples of existing TLBRB reviews that we love:
Length: We generally publish pieces between 1500-2500 words, though for the right piece we will happily break all our own rules.
We pay our writers. Online pieces are paid at $100 each.
We use a Squarespace-based platform which can support a wide range of HTML and CSS. If you’re thinking of doing something playful using code (which we do very much encourage), get in touch.
There’s no limit on the amount of pitches you can submit, but be sensible. You should only submit your best ideas at any time.
For any questions about TLB Review of Books, please email us