Dear Charming Readers,
If you like The Toronto Review of Books, do think about contributing! Our blog, Chirograph, is always hungry for bookish, curious, and open-minded mini-essays and reviews of books and other things, new and old. Meanwhile, we’re putting together Issue Five and are eager to know your ideas. Also, if you’re interested in podcasting with us, get in touch! See below for more information on all of these endeavours. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jessica Duffin Wolfe
ISSUE FIVE: Call for Pitches!
The Toronto Review of Books is currently looking for a few 1000-word pieces, and a few 1500- to 2000-word pieces, as well as a poem or three, for our fifth issue. Essays in our regular issues consider print and e-books, old and new, but also anything else that intrigues you, our contributors. We’re open to essays that look like reviews, essays that don’t look like reviews, and reviews that don’t look like essays—including video, illustration, and audio pieces.
If you’re submitting poetry, please send three to five poems to our Poetry Editor, Moez Surani (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’d like to write an essay, please send a casual proposal to Jessica Duffin Wolfe (email@example.com) by
Monday, June 4 Friday, June 15. Let her know what you’re thinking about, what shape you’d hope your essay would take, and whether you’d need any review copies or press passes to write your piece.
CHIROGRAPH: Call for Writers!
For our dailyish blog, Chirograph, we’re always looking for 350- to 400-word reviews and mini-essays on bookish, delicious, diverting, enraging, or generally artful topics. We’ve found that in this setting reviews work best if they devote their first two thirds to exposing what the book (or other thing) does and what it tries to do, leaving appraisals to the end. Please let Jessica Duffin Wolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you’d like to review something in particular, including books, but also films, performances, restaurants, and pretty much anything you like. We’re generally able to secure press passes for our writers when need be, and often have review copies for interested reviewers who can pick them up in Toronto.
PODCAST: Call for Event Recorders and Interviewers!
We’re always looking for more folks interested in recording talks and interviews for our weekly-ish podcast If you might like to make a podcast, or if you want to suggest something for us to record, send a note to our podcast coordinator, Sydney Hyatt (email@example.com). We supply the equipment (which is very easy to use), and we edit the files.
EVENT LISTINGS: Let us know what’s on
If you know of or are running an event you think might interest our readers, send a note to our projects manager Ange Friesen (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re happy and eager to post notices of local happenings whenever possible—and they don’t need to be book-related. Concerts, film premieres, art openings, design shows—we want to hear about everything.