Submission Guidelines for Publishers

Kirkus Reviews receives between 100 and 200 submissions per day, and we’re not able to review every title we receive. The following guidelines are intended to help publishers get the right titles into the right hands at the right time so they can receive consideration.

 

WHEN TO SUBMIT Kirkus will consider titles that are submitted as digital galleys or e-books at least 4-5 months before publication date. As soon as a book is reviewed—usually 2-3 months before its publication date—the publisher is notified of the review rundate.

 

WHAT TO SUBMIT We consider all new adult hardcover or original trade-paperback fiction, general-audience nonfiction, and children’s and teen books. Editors make individual judgments about coverage based on merit or potential interest.

Kirkus does not review books in the categories listed below in its traditional program. (Kirkus Indie does not put genre or publication date limits on submissions; see more information about that program here.)

— already published books

—reprints of books that Kirkus has previously reviewed

—self-published titles

—print-on-demand titles

—poetry (except children’s and teen)

—textbooks

—specialized technical or professional works

—any work intended primarily for an academic audience

—reference books

—instruction manuals

—screenplays or other dramatic scripts

—computer and technology handbooks

—books of regional interest

Please note that books from hybrid publishers with a national distributor are eligible for review; the title must be submitted by the publisher.


HOW TO SUBMIT Please submit only digital galleys and PDFs for review consideration. (The only exception is children’s picture books; please see below.) Contact individual section editors for further details, but in most cases we request an open widget on NetGalley or Edelweiss plus a PDF.

Fiction: Laurie Muchnick, lmuchnick@kirkus.com

Nonfiction: Eric Liebetrau, eliebetrau@kirkus.com

Young Readers:

Vicky Smith, vsmith@kirkus.com — board books, picture books, and middle grade (through 208 pages)

Laura Simeon, lsimeon@kirkus.com — middle grade (209 pages and longer) and young adult

 

PICTURE BOOKS Because the experience of a picture book is a shared, physical one, Kirkus requests submission of physical materials. Please send two copies of each title to:

 

Vicky Smith

Kirkus Reviews

108 Stillman St.

South Portland, ME 04106


These should be received at least 4-5 months in advance of publication. If finished books, F&Gs, or digital proofs are not available, Kirkus will consider high-quality color printouts with double-page spreads reproduced at actual size. For most books, 11 x 17 paper will accommodate this.

If, due to extraordinary conditions beyond a publisher’s control, physical materials are not available, Kirkus will consider digital submissions in a fixed double-page layout. Please include finished dimensions along with other bibliographic information on the submission spreadsheet, along with open NetGalley widget, Edelweiss link, or PDF link per digital guidelines above.