Submission Guidelines: Book Reviewers

Many thanks for your interest in reviewing for Early Theatre. The following are some guidelines that will help you to prepare your book review for publication and will help us to minimize changes to your writing during copy-editing.

  1. Deadlines for reviews will be agreed upon between the author and the Book Reviews Editor at the time the review is commissioned. Please stick to the agreed deadline except in cases of emergency; journal issues are planned with a certain number of reviews in mind and changes in deadline can cause major problems. Please let the book reviews editor know as far in advance as possible of any problems that arise in relation to deadlines.
  2. Most book reviews for Early Theatre should be approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length. If you feel that you need more words in order to adequately review your chosen book, please check with the Book Reviews Editor in advance of completing your review.
  3. All reviews should follow the general instructions for contributors to Early Theatre as outlined in our Style Sheet. Please note that book reviews, like other content in Early Theatre, need to cite DOIs where available. For guidelines on how to check whether a DOI exists for a source you are citing, please see our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs.
  4. Please head your review with full publication information for the book in question, double-spaced and in bold and formatted as follows:
    Name of Author or Editor [First name Last name]. Title [in italics]. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Pp # of pages. Format, price. ISBN (13 digits, no spaces).
    Examples read as follows:
    • Katherine Steele Brokaw. Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Drama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017. Pp 292. Hardback $65.00. ISBN: 9781501703140.
    • Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan (eds). Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Pp x, 272. Hardback £75.00. ISBN: 9781107154599.
    • Ralph Berry (ed.). The Methuen Book of Shakespeare Anecdotes, new edition. London: Routledge, 2016. Pp 205. Paperback £27.99. ISBN: 9781138659599.
  5. After this header, please indicate your name (in small capital letters) as you wish it to appear in the review, and your institutional affiliation on the line below this. 
  6. Double-space all sections of your review and use ONLY Times New Roman 12-point font.
  7. When listing page numbers, use the fewest numbers possible: 140-1 is preferable to 140-141 or 140-41.
  8. Avoid using the passive voice.
  9. Avoid beginning sentences with ‘It is…’ or with adverbial connectives such as ‘However’, ‘Nevertheless’, ‘Moreover’, etc.
  10. Please eliminate all unnecessary commas.