74 Publications That Pay Freelancers for Book Reviews, Interviews, and More

Book reviews aren’t as ubiquitous as they used to be, but as of 2022, at least 74 publications still pay freelance writers for book reviews and author interviews.

To build this exhaustive list as a free community resource, I collaborated with the wonderful Chelsea Leu to create a more detailed version for the National Book Critics Circle, including points of contact and some nonpaying outlets. Visit their page here.

For this abridged version, I’ve just included rates and links to submission guidelines (where available). Rates vary wildly from $15 to more than $1,000, depending on the outlet and the assignment. Another great resource is Who Pays Writers, and here’s an old thread of mine on how to pitch book reviews. Note that while the rates are accurate at publication, editorial budgets change all the time.

If you see any omissions or mistakes in the list below, feel free to contact me at adam[at]adam-stephen-morgan.com, just keep in mind that this version of the list is only for outlets that pay freelancers.

4 Columns – Book reviews (how to pitch)

The Adroit Journal – Book reviews and interviews (how to pitch)

Air Mail – Book reviews, interviews, and features

AGNI – Book reviews ($20 per printed-out page, how to pitch)

Asymptote – Book reviews and interviews (how to pitch)

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Book reviews (~$250)

The Atlantic – Book features (how to pitch)

The AV Club – Book reviews and features ($75)

The Baffler – Criticism and essays ($250+, how to pitch)

Black Femme Collective – Book reviews ($150-$300, how to pitch)

BOMB – Book reviews and interviews ($150 for web interviews)

Bookforum – Book reviews, interviews, profiles, and features (how to pitch)

Booklist – Capsule book reviews ($15, how to pitch)

BookMarks – Book review…overviews? ($35-$800, how to pitch)

BookPage – Book reviews and author interviews

Borderlore – Book interviews, features, essays

The Boston Globe – Book reviews ($450, send pitches to contributing editor Kate Tuttle, kate.tuttle[at]globe.com)

The Brooklyn Rail – Book reviews and interviews ($75, how to pitch)

Buzzfeed Books – Book features and interviews

The Chicago Reader – Chicago-based book reviews and profiles (how to pitch)

The Chicago Review of Books – Book reviews, interviews, and features ($25, how to pitch)

The Chicago Tribune – Book reviews

The Christian Science Monitor – Book reviews and interviews ($200)

The Cleveland Review of Books – Book reviews ($70-$200, how to pitch)

Electric Literature – Book related essays, interviews, and lists ($100, how to pitch)

Esquire – Book features and interviews (send pitches to assistant editor Adrienne Westenfeld, awestenfeld[at]hearst.com)

Event mag – Book reviews

Foreword Reviews – Book reviews and interviews

Guardian (The) – Book reviews and interviews

Houston Chronicle – Book reviews

Hyphen – Book review and interviews ($25, how to pitch)

In These Times – Book reviews ($0.25 per word, pitch Sherell Barbee at sherell.inthesetimes[at]gmail.com)

Jewish Currents – Book features and essays

Kirkus Reviews – Capsule book reviews and interviews ($50 for reviews)

LIBER: Feminist Review – Book reviews and features ($100 for reviews, $500 for features, how to pitch)

Literary Hub – Book features and essays (how to pitch)

London Review of Books – Book reviews, essays, and features (how to pitch)

Los Angeles Review of Books – Book reviews, interviews, and essays ($50-$100, how to pitch)

Los Angeles Times – Book reviews and features ($400)

Lux – Book essays ($0.50 per word, pitches[at]lux-magazine.com)

The Markaz Review – Book essays ($120)

Millions (The) – Book reviews, interviews, and features (how to pitch)

Mother Jones – Book features

Nation (The) – Book features ($950-$1250)

New Criterion (The) – Book essays ($100)

New Republic – Book reviews ($500-$2,000 for print, $250-$400 for web)

New York Post – Book features, occasional author interviews ($500-$1,000, pitch Mackenzie Dawson at mdawson[at]nypost.com)

New York Review of Books – Book reviews and essays

New York Times Book Review – Book reviews, interviews, and features

New Yorker (The) – Book reviews and essays ($0.75 per word for web)

Newsday – Book reviews and interviews

NPR – Book reviews ($300 for fiction)

Oprah Daily – Book reviews, interviews, and features ($2 per word)

Observer (The) – Book reviews and interviews (pitch Erin Taylor at etaylor[at]observer.com)

Paris Review (The) – Book essays for The Daily (how to pitch)

Paste Magazine – Book interviews and features ($100, who to pitch)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Book reviews

Ploughshares – Book reviews and interviews ($25, how to pitch)

Publishers Weekly – Capsule book reviews ($25-$50)

Puritan (The) – Book reviews ($100, how to pitch)

Reason – Book reviews ($500)

The Rumpus – Book reviews and interviews (pays small honorarium, how to pitch 1 and 2)

San Francisco Chronicle – Book reviews ($165)

SFWA – Book reviews ($0.10 per word, how to pitch)

Shondaland – Book interviews and features (how to pitch)

Slate – Book essays ($300-$500, how to pitch)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Book reviews ($85+)

Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Book reviews ($150)

Tampa Bay Times – Book reviews ($150)

Times Literary Supplement – Book reviews and essays (how to pitch)

USA Today – Book reviews ($300)

Wall Street Journal – Book reviews ($400-$1,000)

Washington Independent Review of Books – Book reviews ($25, how to pitch)

Washington Post – Book reviews

Words Without Borders – Book reviews and interviews ($100)