English Kills Review publishes essays from both regular staff writers and guest contributors. We are always eager to hear from new writers.
What We Publish
We are seeking essays that intersect contemporary literature with culture, writing, literary production, writing craft, and publishing primarily as long-form content. These can be critiques, commentary, opinion, and personal narratives. We are also always interested in hearing about craft or production of books.
We also publish personal narratives with a strong voice or perspective on the world. Offer us a unique point of view and make us believe it’s the only way of seeing things. While there is no fixed rule on length, the ideal length is probably between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
From time to time we put out calls for essays on specific topics. Follow us on Twitter to keep up with calls for essays.
We are looking for interviews between 1,200 and 2,000 words, including a brief introduction about the author and their work. Our preference is a focus on small and independent presses in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
We will consider interview pitches. Please provide links with previous interview or writing samples along with the person or persons you are interested in interviewing. Please include why you think they will make compelling interview subjects and let us know if you have the contact information for your subject.
We regularly recap reading events around New York City, there are always more events than there are people who can attend and write about them. We also hear that other cities host literary events too.
If you are interested in writing about a literary event in New York City or other location, pitch us. Please provide links with previously published work, even if this is on your own website. Most event recaps are between 800 and 1,500 words. We are also particularly interested in improving our coverage of poetry and poetry events.
We prefer finished essays in a length appropriate for the topic, except for interviews or events coverage. Our preference is for fully thought out, original concepts in longer formats. The internet provides unlimited space to explore topics. We are of course aware that the internet audience also has a short attention span. For a point of reference, we consider anything over a thousand words as having achieved long-form.
Please feel free to query about the status of submission after three weeks. We do tend to provide feedback with rejections and have worked with contributors to improve essays prior to publication. Send all inquiries to the following address:
English Kills Review does not currently pay contributors. Producing and maintaining the site costs approximately $250.00 a year and we do not generate revenue from the site.