Welcome to Wild Shrew Literary Review!

Welcome to Wild Shrew Literary Review! A project of Sinister Wisdom, Wild Shrew Literary Review (WSLR) publishes online book reviews. While WSLR is book-focused, we are open to accepting reviews of other media such as films, art exhibits, and author Q&As.

I’m Chloe Berger, the editor of WSLR. I’m in graduate school and I’ve been working with Sinister Wisdom for a year. I’ve previously helped with the Feminist Bookstore News project and I’ve done archival work to create a manuscript for a future Sapphic Classic. I love lesbians and their books, so I’m very excited to be working on this new book review project!

This project is partly prompted by the unfortunate news that Lambda Literary Review is on pause. We hope that they will resume publishing soon. Beginning in February 2024, WSLR will publish additional online reviews to complement the review section of Sinister Wisdom issues. Since those issues are published less frequently and subject to page constraints, creating this online literary review will do the important work of giving readers access to book reviews and helping writers get the word out about their works.

We’re looking for people who want to collaborate with us as volunteers on this project. For those who want to write reviews, they should be about 400-700 words if on a single book, 1,300-1,500 words if on three to five books, 1,200-1,500 words if it’s a book excerpt, and up to 2,000 words if it’s an author Q&A. Please contact me (chloe at sinisterwisdom dot org) if you would like to write a review or if you have any questions. You can view this book review template to get a sense of what you should include in the review. Please refer to the Sinister Snapshot Style Manual, as the WSLR style is similar.

If you are a publisher or author who would like to send us books for a potential review, mail a copy to 2333 McIntosh Road, Dover, FL 33527 or email an e-galley to me (chloe at sinisterwisdom dot org).

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