The Bookslamist is a space for free-thinking people interested in themes of social justice and identities to reflect on what they are reading, and share it with others. Although effecting change is an ultimate goal, we also need to understand who we are, and part of that, is through reading.
This blog is about how we have been impacted, moved, improved, nuanced or even radically altered by the literature we interact with.
We want to be open, but it is important to state, that a person’s desire to offend, does not mean our obligation to publish. We want the blog to reflect a politics that builds communities, even by resisting and challenging them, but we will not accept pieces our editorial team consider to be harmful. Yes, CVE/Prevent crowd, we are specifically thinking of you.
We want to contribute to redressing the lack of representation among BAME communities, and so we welcome pitches from all, even if you feel the standard is not perfect. We like good writing (we are readers after all), but we love good thinking even better. In particular, we hope to hear from those who bear the brunt of securitisation, we want your voices reflected.
Hopefully, some of your contributions will reflect some of our thematic areas:
- Social Justice
The above are not set in stone, we welcome themes outside these areas, but these are the ones we are most interested in.
We do want pieces that are well written, and even if not perfect, are thoughtful in their presentation of ideas and content.
Don’t think of this blog as a traditional book review blog.
We want people to be reflective about what they are reading, rather than providing a full exposition of a book. Perhaps there is one quote or passage in a book that moved you to ponder and write? Maybe there is one theme running through the book (or multiple books) that you would really like to write about. There is no word limit. We’ll accept pieces that are 300 words long, as well as 3000.
As part of any submission, it would be of great help to us, if you could please provide the following:
- Send your submission to contact[AT]thebookslamist.com
- A high resolution picture of the book cover – ideally not a photo you have taken but an original graphic from the publisher.
- The book’s ISBN number.
- The themes mentioned above that you feel the review relates to.
- Provide a maximum of three tags per post (these are separate to our main themes). We recommend looking at our tag cloud in the bottom right corner of the blog for ideas.
- A short bio for your profile under your article.
- If you have a Gravatar profile picture that you wish for us to include.
The above items will help our editorial team to process your submission more quickly. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
This is a voluntary project, self funded and independent. It comes from a passion for reading that we wish to share with others. Due to this, at the moment we do not have a budget to pay for submissions. Should the position of the blog change, we will seek to pay those who contribute their efforts.