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Jacket magazine: Books for review

Jacket is moving to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in late 2010. The new editors will be announcing their editorial and acceptance policies in late 2010. So, expect this page to change then.

Jacket used to list books received from poetry publishers in the hope that reviewers would be tempted to ask to review them. That suffered from two disadvantages: maintaining the list ate up far too much of our time — it grew to hundreds of titles — and most of the books listed failed to attract a reviewer. So we stopped doing it, in mid-2007.

If you wish to review a book that you feel Jacket readers would be interested in, check that the book has not already been reviewed in Jacket. Use Google or a similar search engine, asking the search engine to search for text like so:
      jacket magazine review [a word or two from the book title] [author surname]
For example, search for: jacket magazine review hamlet shakespeare
or if you are looking for a review of Letters from Aldenderry, by Philip Nikolayev, search for:
      jacket magazine review letters aldenderry nikolayev
Do take care with your spelling: search engines can be unforgiving. But you don’t need to worry about capitalizing words — all lower case is fine.
Here is a direct link to Google:

Then, please write to Jacket’s Associate Editor Pam Brown at
p [døt] brown62 [åt] gmail [døt] cøm

and let us know if you have reviewed for Jacket before. If you haven’t reviewed for Jacket before, that’s fine, but please provide links to a few reviews you have done, and a biographical and bibliographical note. If we agree that your choice should be reviewed in Jacket, and you are the best person to review it, we will ask the publisher to send you a copy pronto.

Most of the larger publishers are easy to find on the internet. Here is a brief list of links to some worthwhile smaller presses:

Ahsahta Press in Boise, Idaho
Alice James Books, USA
Coffee House Press, USA
Equipage (Cambridge UK) (they don’t have a website: this is a list of their books)
Shearsman books (UK)
University of Queensland Press, Australia
Ken Bolton’s Little Esther Books in South Australia

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The most important rule is that tabs should be converted to spacebars. Tabs don’t exist in HTML.

Disclaimer: I regret to have to say that as Jacket is free, I am unfortunately not able to pay for contributions. Because of that, I don’t mind if material used in Jacket is also used elsewhere — Jacket doesn’t need exclusive rights.

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