Guidelines for Writing Reviews

150905-154091The goal of these reviews is two-fold. First, most obviously, inform and entertain the readers. Second, involve the campus community in a wider scope of literary criticism. Having said that, it is important that the reviews remain professional; we don’t want them to devolve into mindless insult. Additionally, we don’t want our reviews to feel sloppy and inconsistent, so it’s important that we stay consistent review to review.  To avoid this, we’ve established some basic guidelines.


  • Between 700 – 1000 words (You may go over if you’re using several lines of quotations.)
  • Creative and informative title
  • Proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
  • Citations, as needed

The review should adhere to a standard format (described below)

  • Title
  • Background information
  • Summary
  • Review
  • Final thoughts (e.g., what audience might enjoy this work?)
  • A footer that is formatted as follows:

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Posts will be reviewed by the editor, Gia Pilgrim Charles, before posting. Email:

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