Get Paid to Review Books

So, on my writing journey, I found a variety of website that not only accept books to review, but will also pay people for well-written critiques. After all, there’s approximately 300,000+ novels published yearly in the US alone. There’s never enough reviewers!

So, if you like reading, and you’ve written a few in the past, you might want to consider submitting your opinion to the following places. Maybe they’ll even pay you!


Strange Horizons publishes in-depth reviews of speculative art and entertainment, especially books, films, and television, three times a week. Reviews normally cover new works, although they do occasionally feature older works, and will not reject a review because its subject has been available for a while.

They pay $40 for reviews of at least 1000 words. They prefer reviews of 1500 to 2000 words, although they have no upper word limit; a review should use as many words as necessary to say what needs to be said. Take a glance at their archives to get a feel for what they like. And you’re welcome to email them to ask if they’re interested in a piece before writing it.


The US Review of Books hires freelance writers to review books for the publication. They advise hopefuls to contact the editor with a resume, sample work, and at least two professional references. They accept materials by e-mail or through regular mail, so you have options!


The Women’s Review of Books request you send pitches, and that you please include 1) a paragraph about your credentials, 2) one line about the type of work you are interested in focusing on (i.e. poetry, nonfiction, etc.), and 3) a short sample of an already-published review.

Writers are compensated $100 for each review, making this the highest paying site I randomly stumbled across when I was looking around. You can send your information to: