Guidelines for Review / Submit your Review here.
If you are thinking of reviewing for Lemon Hound, we suggest that you begin by submitting two to six short takes on books or the art form of your choice (see Short Takes link below).
Reviews are 800-1500 words. Reviewers are encouraged to go beyond the fast take, to not shy away from critical language, to ask difficult questions, and to offer nuanced thought about a work. A synopsis is less important than a moment or an aspect of a work contextualized by some greater apparatus. A good reader is someone who is attentive, sensitive, willing to balance judgment with objective analysis, not just a like or a dislike for a given text. Writing reviews is a skill, and we are always grateful for reviewers who are committed to thinking through a work’s difficulties.
For further insights on the task of reviewing, please visit our on reviewing page, which provides panoply examples and discussions on the task of reviewing from some of the most generous and forward thinking authors of our time.
For any further inquiries please write to our Reviews Editor, Geneviève Robichaud (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Guidelines for Short Takes / Submit your Short Takes here.
Short Takes are mini-reviews of up to 200 words that summarize, or highlight what’s curious, noteworthy, or worth looking more closely at in a book as well as allow the writer/critic an opportunity to develop her critical voice.
Call yourself a poet? Condense your thoughts and let one concise sentence compel your reader to pick up the book in question. You may submit up to 3 at a time…it’s a good way to get started.
Guidelines for How Poems Works / Submit your How Poem Work here.
We are soliciting columns of 800-1200 words on a single poem, or a single aspect/scene in a piece of fiction. We see these short pieces as a way of thinking about something specific about a text, or as a way of introducing a poet/poem. We are open to creative approaches, sound, visual, or textual responses.
Guidelines for Poetry and Short Fiction / Submit your Poetry and Short Fiction here.
At Lemon Hound we do read unsolicited work and we do publish from it.
We are accepting short fiction submissions for a fall fiction portfolio. We are particularly interested in finding compelling new voices. We want innovative or traditional stories that are tight units of high octane prose, or quiet, pools of observation that are aware of the sentence as a work of art. Up to 12 pages. Very brief cover letter.
We are also accepting poetry submission for the fall of 2013. You may submit 3-5 pages. We may ask you to send more. We are looking for excellent, provocative, well-crafted work in any mode.
Guidelines for Essays and Fragments / Submit your Essay and Fragments here.
We are interested in publishing whole essays or partial essays that are both canonical or classic or important works of contemporary poetry, poetics, feminism, cultural criticism, memoir, or non-fiction.
Guidelines for Contests and Prizes:
Please check back soon for an update on upcoming contests and prizes, including fiction and best critical work by a woman.
Our goal is to be paying all our reviewers by January 2014. Please help us support a thriving critical culture:
We welcome review copies and are looking to have our reviews planned well in advance. Please send your catalog as well as forthcoming titles for review to Lemon Hound (address below), and add us to your newsletter and/or contact our Reviews Editor personally at reviews @ lemonhound.com . Other queries to admin @ lemonhound.com
With each new issue launched, Lemon Hound receives over 3000 hits a day, and historically, nearly 50% of our unique visits are from American IP addresses. We are constantly praised for the quality and exposure of our reviews and our content–described as provocative and dynamic–keeps people coming back. In the fall we will post our first fiction folio, which we plan to make an annual event. We are planning upcoming folios on memoirs, the literary essay, archival work, and new lyric manifestos. We are committed to providing short, medium and long reviews on a bi-monthly basis.
Because we hover between a bi-monthly magazine and a literary blog we have flexibility to post between volumes. With that in mind we are looking to post excerpts from forthcoming books and to feature tie-in interviews with authors–this month we posted poems from Michael Crummey and will feature an interview in June. We have published DA Powell, Stephen Burt, Daisy Fried, Michael Robbins, Lisa Robertson, and fiction from Pasha Malla, Lynn Crosbie, Matias Viegner and Tamara Faith Berger.
c/o Sina Queyras
Editor in Chief, Lemon Hound
Professor, Creative Writing
Concordia University, Room 674.2
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.,
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