Review Guidelines

Book, photo by Erich FerdinandSpiral Nature mostly reviews books, but we also cover audio and video media, as well as rune sets, tarot and oracle decks. We don’t review any other products at this time.

Please note, we very rarely review fiction, poetry, ebooks or self-published material.

For articles and essays, see our general submission guidelines.

Review for us

Most our reviews come from a few select regular contributors, but we also accept reader-submitted reviews. If you’re interested in joining our review team, sign up for our free monthly newsletter and tick the box to add the reviewer newsletter. You can view the newsletter archive here.

We are especially excited to hear from reviewers who are queer, trans, people of colour, and/or awesome.

Topics

Spiral Nature is an occult resource dedicated to exploring occult alternative spiritualities, practical magick, and occulture. This can include innovative explorations of personal philosophy, religious territory and magickal practice, as well as media focusing on more traditional routes.  For an idea of what we’ve reviewed in the past, please see our Reviews section.

Review style

Consider the book’s intended scope and audience. You may not be the target audience, but it’s important to know who the book was written for, whether it’s an introductory book for a novice on a topic you’re adept at, or an academic work in a field you’re less familiar with, your review must be constructed with this in mind.

The great literary critic Northrop Frye wrote:

The critic has always been called a judge of literature, which means, not that he’s in a superior position to the poet, but that he ought to know something about literature, just as a judge’s right to be on a bench depends on his knowledge of the law…The critic’s function is to interpret every work of literature in light of all the literature he knows, to keep constantly struggling to understand what literature as a whole is about.

This goes for nonfiction reviewing as well. Review in the context of all literature on the subject. If you’re not familiar with the subject matter, review it in the context of what you do know. Comparisons to other books on similar topics can be helpful to readers, though this isn’t necessary in all cases.

Newsletters

If you’re interested in writing for Spiral Nature, it’s a good idea to sign up for our free newsletter to get an idea of the kind of work we publish.

Our regular newsletter goes out to all subscribers, with two side newsletters for writers and reviewers.The writers’ newsletter sends suggestions for story ideas we’re looking for, and the monthly reviewers’ newsletter lists the titles available for review that month.

Your selections on the sign up form will trigger automatic emails with more information about writing and reviewing for the site, with links to our newsletter archives.

Compensation

We pay $10 per article or review, or offer compensation in trade for a small one month sidebar ad (a $25 value).

Downloadable docs

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Publishers & authors

Please inquire for the address to send catalogues and review material.

Due to the volume of review material we receive, we cannot guarantee that all unsolicited material will be read or reviewed, though we will do our best.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact the editor with any questions you may have.

Image credit: Erich Ferdinand

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