How to Write and Submit a Review

Dear Reviewer,

The primary aim of a review is to inform a prospective reader of the purpose and contents of the book. An assessment, positive and/or negative, and some indication of the book’s audience and usefulness may accompany or follow such information. Assessment should take into account the nature of the book. It should avoid personal polemic and resist the temptation to show how you would have treated the subject. Brevity requires that you select those features that best characterize the book, and which most require evaluation.

You should begin the review by recording the title, author, publisher, publication year and pages:

Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (title in italics)
Robert Alter
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. 183 pp.

Your review should be typed with double spacing, and approximately 500-750 words, with a maximum limit of 1000 words in length.  Your name and institutional affiliation should conclude the review:

Barry Stephenson
Memorial University

The expectation is that the review will be completed within three months of receiving the book. Please note that the publishing date in SR may be up to a year following receipt of your review.

When your review is completed, please submit as an attachment, through the submissions page, here. The review must be in an editable format such as rtf, doc, docx, or txt.
Should you have questions or encounter problems at any point during the review process, do contact the editor.

We look forward to your review,


Dr. Barry Stephenson
Book Review Editor, English
Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses

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