Book Review Policy

Short Story Book Club welcomes the receipt of short stories and novellas from both new (including self-published) and established authors of fiction and narrative nonfiction. All genres are accepted.

If you are interested in submitting a story for review, please follow these requirements:

Format: Stories may be submitted as epub or PDF e-books, MP3 audiobooks, or physical books.

  • Length: E-books, PDFs, and physical books should be no longer than 90,000 words per story. Audio books should have a running time of no more than 9.5 hours per story. Short story collections may exceed these limits as long as no single story in the collection has more than 90,000 words or exceeds a running time of 9.5 hours.
  • Supplements: Press releases, jacket summaries, and/or author bios may be included as background but are not required.
  • Submission: Send electronic files to Short Story Book Club via e-mail at contact (at) shortstorybookclub (dot) com with the words “Review Submission –” and the author’s last name in the subject line. Physical materials may be mailed to:

Short Story Book Club
3000 Homewood Ave, #7107
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Finally, please note that all reviews are honest reviews and represent the views and opinions of the author. They do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Short Story Book Club Corporation or its partners. Reviewers receive compensation from Short Story Book Club, not the authors, publishers, or agents of authors and publishers of the stories being reviewed.

Book reviews are subject to appear and be reprinted on any and all Short Story Book Club media, including social media, podcasts, newsletters, and magazines.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, books and files submitted for review will not be returned and will not receive confirmation of receipt. In addition, please note that once your story is received, it does not guarantee that it will be reviewed.

If you are interested in partnering with Short Story Book Club for a giveaway, author interview, or other business, please contact us as noted above.

Thank you for considering Short Story Book Club!