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Russia Reviewed is now accepting guest submissions.

A few requirements:

  • The work may be about any subject related to Russia* in any genre. Politics, history, travel, cooking, culture, memoir, biography, comics, language, art, nature, you name it – I’m not restricting your creativity here. All I ask is that Russia play a central role in whatever you’re reviewing.
  • The work may be in any language, but the review must be in English. Please translate any quotes into English in your review.
  • You may also re-review any work previously reviewed on RR.
  • Works must be published in 2000 or later.
  • Your review must be at least 250 words long.

A few considerations for nonfiction reviews:

  • What is the book’s position in the context of the current US-Russia standoff?
  • Does the book avoid popular misconceptions about Russia or does it perpetuate them?
  • Does it take a nuanced approach to Russia that will help its readers form a well-informed opinion on the country?

As of Nov 1, 2017, you may now review podcasts, academic papers, magazines, and movies as well. Above requirements still apply.

New Method (Requires WordPress account)

Step One: Fill out the Contact Form with the following information:

  1. Your WordPress email and username
  2. The title you want to review
  3. Your byline (a brief bio of yourself that I’ll put at the bottom of your review. ex. J.T. is a cartoonist, translator, and student of Russian Affairs. She holds a B.A. in Not Giving a Crap from WhatIsThePointOfThis University and is currently working on a double major in Russian Studies and Poli Sci at the keyed virus unit. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hovering uneasily on the edge of photos. She lives in Cricket-hell. You can read more of her work at [personal site].)

If I approve your proposal, I’ll send a contributor invite to whatever email address you used in the form. As a contributor to Russia Reviewed, you can create and edit only your own posts, but you cannot publish them.

Step Two: Read the book and write your review. Take your time.

Step Three: When your review is ready to be published, notify the admin (that’s me) directly. I will edit your draft – for grammar and coherence issues, mostly. I’m not a censor, though, so I won’t delete huge swathes of your review or tell you to revise because I disagree with what you’re writing. I will notify you of the changes. Once you signal the review’s completion (by typing [FIN] in the title), I will publish your it on the soonest Wednesday or Friday, and you will no longer be able to edit.

Once you’re done (and if you don’t plan to write any more reviews for RR), I can remove you from the ‘Contributors’ list at your request.

Old Method (Does not require WordPress account)

Step One: Using the contact form on my Author page (or writing directly to rusreviewed@outlook.com), send:

  1. Your name or nickname
  2. The title you want to review
  3. Your byline (a brief bio of yourself that I’ll put at the bottom of your review. See the byline example above.

The subject line should read: SUBMISSION: Book Title by Author.

I’ll review your proposal and send a confirmation email.

Step Two: Read the book and write your review. Take your time.

Step Three: Using the contact form or rusreviewed again, send a draft of your review as a Word document or in the body of the email. As the administrator of this site, I will edit your draft – for grammar and coherence issues, mostly. I’m not a censor, though, so I won’t delete huge swathes of your review or tell you to revise because I disagree with what you’re writing.

Step Four: I’ll send you back an edited review with my commentary attached.

Step Five: Make necessary changes and send me the final draft. I’ll post it on Russia Reviewed on the soonest Wednesday or Friday.

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*ВНИМАНИЕ! Please avoid works on the following controversial topics: Stalinism, Russian “fascism”, the ongoing war in Ukraine, alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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