Cleveland Review of Books

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Cleveland Review of Books, founded in 2018, was launched in order to fill a perceived critical gap in the city and Midwest-at-large. Our goal is to be the highest quality literary review in the Midwest. While not exclusively Midwest-focused, we strive to publish writers of and from the Midwest alongside writers from around the country and world, with an emphasis on serious, formally-daring fiction and timely non-fiction. Our contention is that through publishing, events, and conversations, we can foster a community of critical thought and aesthetic appreciation locally while harboring a discussion that is worth the attention of a national and global readership.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
William Lennon
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We typically put out a guide to pitching every few months that lists publishers we like, upcoming titles that interest us etc. and people look at that and pitch us at [email protected]. We accept or reject, secure review copies, set deadlines, go through edits, and then give it a publishing date. We typically don't take cold submissions. We also reach out to folks we admire, or to people in our circles, to review specific books we think might be a good fit ("reverse pitching"). Over time people become de facto contributing writers, and those connections work really well for both parties going forward.
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