Book Reviewer Submission Guide

Military Review publishes book reviews by assignment only. If you would like to be considered as a potential reviewer, send a copy of your CV with a letter indicating your specific areas of interest to the editors at the address on page 11. Military Review publishes reviews of books provided by the publishers. The editors can normally offer no prior assurance as to whether or when a particular review will be published. The reviewer retains the book.

The book review’s purpose is to inform readers of the publication of a book of professional interest, to briefly tell what the book is about, and to provide a concise evaluation of the book by a qualified observer. The review should be from 450 to 500 words.

Reviews should answer the following questions:

  • What type of book is it (biography, anthology, history, monograph, etc.)?
  • What does the book say?
  • How authoritative is it?
  • What are its special attractions, deficits, or other features? If it has flaws, point them out candidly.
  • Is the book worthwhile and relevant to the security community? If not, say so.

Reviews should be written with spirit and verve--maybe even occasional wit. Do not bore the reader. If you decide the book is poorly written or you feel it has no application for Military Review’s audience, please email the features editor with your rationale.

Remember, an adverse review requires specifics. If you challenge the style, content, authority, or objectivity of a book, back it up with examples and facts. We insist on printing quality reviews, but this does not necessarily mean we print only laudatory ones. We have an obligation to warn readers about books that stir high expectations but promise more than they deliver.

The review should be typed, double-spaced (one side of sheet only), amply margined, and carefully edited. The review may be transmitted as an attachment to an email, or on a compact disc. Identify the operating system and the word processing program used. Do not submit original material by fax. Provide the review within 45-60 days of receiving the book.

The editors reserve the right to edit and abridge reviews.

In the review heading, include the title, author, number of pages, publisher, date, and price of the book. Also include your name and a brief credential or two establishing your authority to review the book.

War Poetry Submission Guide

Every conflict in which the U.S. has been involved has generated a body of writing that seeks to express the deep human emotional responses to the tension, tragedy, sacrifice, suffering, and exultation that armed conflict elicits. The current conflict will be no exception. Such writing often takes the form of poetry or fiction. To support in a small way a record of such expression, Military Review allots space for short poems, and also uses poetry as filler material as space permits. All service members, foreign military members, government employees, contractors, scholars, and journalists are welcome to submit their poetry for consideration.

Poems submitted to Military Review should generally not exceed 30 lines. A short biography of the writer and description of his involvement in international conflict should accompany all submissions. It should be noted that Military Review will handle poems submitted in the same way it handles book reviews: there are no guarantees of publication or notifications whether the material will be used at all. Therefore, unlike regular manuscripts, Military Review does not assert a first right of refusal before the author submits his poetry to other publications for consideration.

Poetry should be submitted via email. The document should be saved in Microsoft Word (version 2007 or earlier) or some compatible file format.