Publishers Weekly is Seeking For Experienced Freelance Book Reviewers. You Should Apply!

Publishers Weekly  is Seeking For Experienced Freelance Book Reviewers. You Should Apply!

David Varno, Fiction Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly Posted:

"Hello, world.@PublishersWkly is looking for a few more good reviewers to cover a range of categories, including mine (literary fiction). If you're interested, feel free to DM with Qs or apply here"

Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers for both traditionally published and self-published works. Applicants should be able to comfortably handle books in any of the following subject areas:


  • African American history
  • Ancient History/Archaeology
  • Art
  • Asian studies
  • Business/Personal Finance
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Gardening
  • General fiction/Literary fiction (specifically: contemporary and historical African-American, Asian-American, Native-American, and Latinx life; LGBTQ stories; and stories about immigrants)
  • Home
  • Health/Diet
  • Latinx Studies
  • Memoir
  • Native American history
  • Parenting
  • Politics/Current Affairs
  • Science/Math


  • Picture book generalists who are familiar with the picture book form and comfortable assessing art
  • Nonfiction picture book reviewers who are familiar with the picture book form and comfortable assessing art (please note nonfiction subject-matter expertise when applying)
  • Early middle grade reviewers specializing in commercial-leaning contemporaries/series starters
  • Middle grade reviewers who specialize in contemporaries and/or middle grade horror
  • Middle grade and YA historical fiction and contemporary reviewers who have subject-matter expertise with BIPOC narratives and/or narratives about the global south
  • Middle grade and YA nonfiction reviewers, all categories (please note nonfiction subject-matter expertise when applying)

BookLife (Self-published works)

  • Romance/Erotica (BookLife Prize)
  • Mystery/Thriller (BookLife Prize)
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror (BookLife Prize)
  • General Fiction (BookLife Prize and BookLife Reviews)
  • Middle-Grade & YA Fiction (BookLife Prize)
  • General nonfiction (BookLife Reviews)
  • Christian fiction and nonfiction (BookLife Reviews)
  • Memoir (BookLife Reviews)
  • Business/personal finance (BookLife Reviews)
  • Spirituality (BookLife Reviews)
  • Self-help (BookLife Reviews)

Book enthusiasts with an education and a background in specific areas preferred, though all are welcome to apply. Applicants must be able to meet deadlines.

Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, most reviews are done using e-galleys.

PW pays a modest honorarium per review.

If you are interested in reviewing for PW, please send a resume and a sample review (approximately 200 words) of a recently published book to (Please look at published PW reviews for editorial formatting examples. Previously written reviews not following the guidelines will not be accepted) Use the email subject heading "Book Reviewing:" followed by the categories you are interested in. For example, "Book Reviewing: Music, Romance." Applications submitted any other way or missing materials will not be considered. Members of diverse communities are highly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls, please.

Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business running for 150 years. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, of which it publishes more than 8,500 per year.

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