For Contributors

MRB commissions contributions but the editors are equally interested in hearing from you about those pieces that demand to be written. The editors welcome proposals for book reviews, essays, interviews, and op-eds. Please read below for detailed contributor information. Keep your proposal to 500 words or less.

Please send pitches of your work to publicity@themarginaliareview.com 

  • To request a book for review, tell us why this book deserves to be reviewed and your qualifications to review it.
  • To propose an essay, tell us how you will pursue the topic for a diverse readership.
  • To propose an interview, provide highlights of the interviewee’s biography and the types of questions you would like to pursue.

For Contributors

The Marginalia Review of Books is an international, open access review of literature along the nexus of history, theology, and religion. MRB examines, critiques, and illuminates the traditions, institutions, discourses, and practices of religions and their believers. We aim to connect the academic and public worlds by providing an intellectually rich and broadly accessible conversation that does not merely summarize previous work but contributes new ideas.

Submissions that do not meet the following guidelines will not be considered.

Reviews: Contributors are encouraged to use the book under review as a base from which to explore larger intellectual and cultural questions. Our reviews translate the knowledge created in humanities for a broad readership that includes scholars as well as readers outside of academia. We seek reviews that are accessible, intelligent, in-depth, and keep the larger context in view. Please indicate if your review is a simultaneous submission.

Technical Guidelines for Reviews

  • Reviews should range between 1200-3000 words.
  • Bibliographic information should be formatted as follows:
    • Author’s Name. The Title of Book. City: Publisher. pp.#. Price in USD.
  • Reviewers should include their contact information: name, title, phone number and email address at the end of the review. Contact information should be followed by bio of no more than three sentences (you may include a link to website). Please include social media handles.
  • Times New Roman, 12pt., double spaced.
  • Reviews should not contain footnotes, references to page numbers, or hyperlinks.
  • Marginalia titles all pieces.

Essays: We seek essays that situate a thesis in a larger intellectual and cultural context. Essays are not narrowly focused academic articles. We encourage pitches of stimulating pieces and invite potential contributors to read our essays to note the range of styles and voices we welcome. Please indicate if your essay is a simultaneous submission.

Technical Guidelines for Essays

  • Essays should range between 1200-3500 words.
  • Writers should include their contact information: name, title, phone number and email address at the end of the review. Contact information should be followed by bio of no more than three sentences (you may include a link to website). Please include social media handles.
  • Times New Roman, 12pt., double spaced.
  • Essays should not contain footnotes, references to page numbers, or hyperlinks.
  • Marginalia titles all pieces.

Marginal Notes

Marginal Notes are shorter and occasional pieces published on timely topics.
If you are interested in submitting a note, please submit a pitch or draft of  750-1500 words to publicity@themarginaliareview.com with Marginal Note as the subject line.

What to Expect after You Submit

All contributors should expect to enter the editorial process with the editorial team, which usually include multiple rounds of edits. In general, we rarely reject pieces that have made it through revisions. However, the decision to publish rests exclusively with the senior editorial team, and pieces may be rejected at any point in the editorial process. Additionally, all decisions about layout (especially images) and titling rest with the senior team. You may follow up on your submission after four weeks.

Archiving and Syndication

MRB supports the rights to one’s own work and encourages contributors to post their reviews on personal and institutional websites. Please include a link to MRB with a mention of the publication details clearly on the page. MRB publishes all works under a Creative Commons license that freely allows the sharing and distribution of all materials. The license prohibits modification and use for commercial purposes and requires crediting MRB. Our material may also be syndicated by third-party publications, which serves to extend MRB’s reach.

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