Online and print publications ask for author submissions on works of fiction. Participating in such a process as an author or reviewer can be an enriching process. You don’t have to be a published author to contribute to such initiatives.

All one needs to do is adhere to the guidelines to benefit from such activities. Typical response times for such reviews can take a while, so you also need to be a little patient. Various publishers have their set of rules.

Here are some standard guidelines that will help you as you start:


Reviews on fiction are based on assisting the reader reach conclusions rather than guiding them to one. As a writer, you shouldn’t expect the reviewer to spend too much time on plot exposition, characterization, themes and other aspects that enhance your work of fiction.

Fiction reviews may examine style and give credible examples to provide a general impression of the work.


Some publications can choose to publish excerpts of your piece in their print or electric media. You should pay attention to such clauses to protect your copyrights to the literary work. Some reviewers may compensate you if they use your work. Others won’t and will state it in the fine print. Therefore, it’s wise to always read through the guidelines.


The age of the internet has made posting and viewing reviews of fiction easier. Aside from print journals and magazines, audiences can also be reached via websites, social media and email. This enhances the authors’ visibility. It could also translate to a broader market share for published works.


Some journals and online publications can provide payment for reviewed works others don’t have the budget. This shouldn’t be much of a deal-breaker since it’s all free publicity. However, you should always pay attention to the fine print to see if the deal is worth the effort.