Hunting and Gathering Issue Six of The Toronto Review of Books

Dear readers, dear writers: Issue Six of The Toronto Review of Books is percolating through your thoughts as I type. If you suspect you have a part of the issue in your head, waiting to spit itself out on screen, be in touch.

We’re looking for essays, both shorter (800-1000 words) and longer (1500-2000 words), as well as a few poems. 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. We are able to offer writers who contribute to our issues a very tiny and humble honorarium for their work, but unfortunately we can’t yet pay a standard rate per word.

Please send casual and concise essay proposals to me ( by Monday, December 3. Let me 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. First drafts will be due January 10. If you’re submitting poetry, send three to five poems to our Poetry Editor, Moez Surani (

In our hunt for all the curious notions that ought to make up this issue, we really don’t want yours to go missing, so please do send us your ideas.