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Editorial statement, submission guidelines, and proposing new Notices.

Editorial statement.

The object of THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW is to become the organ of the unbiassed expression of many and various minds on topics of general interest in Politics, Literature, Philosophy, Science, and Art. Each contribution will have the gravity of an avowed responsibility. Each contributor, in giving his name, will not only give an earnest of his sincerity, but will claim the privilege of perfect freedom of opinion, unbiassed by the opinions of the Editor or of fellow contributors.  – May 13, 1865.1

Notes to contributors.

The co-editors of The Fortnightly Review’s New Series are
Denis Boyles and Alan Macfarlane.

Please see this page for details concerning the Fortnightly’s other editors and contributors.

Please see this page if you wish to contribute to the support of The Fortnightly Review.

The Fortnightly Review is an independent publishing venture. Support comes solely from readers and book sales.


WE WELCOME SUBMISSIONS OF reviews, essays and reportage, fiction, and even poetry, and appreciate your consideration of the Fortnightly – but see specific guidelines below.

If your submission is unanticipated, please do not send attachments. Simply paste your submission (in plain text, without Word-document modifications) into an email form and send it to under the subject header ‘For consideration.’ Please be certain to include your name and contact details. For longer contributions, queries are preferred, of course.

We welcome the work of independent scholars and we can consider previously published material, but only if it is not available elsewhere online. Please do not include us in simultaneous submissions.

Response time is generally less than a fortnight, except during July and August.

Comments are invited if signed. We do not encourage external links to unrelated sites. All comments are moderated before publication.

Reviews of books, music, films, exhibits, plays, lectures and performances: Query first.

Essays and reportage. We enjoy these most. We tend especially to appreciate long pieces with very high archival value. Please do not include images unless requested.

Fiction. We encourage the contribution of very short, experimental fiction.

Serials. Unpublished full-length fiction or non-fiction manuscripts may be considered for serial publication. Please query first.

Poetry. We prefer poetry in standard forms; we discourage the submission of poems with irregular indents, since the content-management tool we use makes these difficult to present. Poetry submissions should be directed to the poetry editor:

A note on style: We use two style manuals based on provenance: CMOS for American contributors and Oxford/Hart’s for UK and Commonwealth contributors. However manuscript consistency trumps.


Work submitted for review.

Please direct books, discs, videos, etc. to the editorial office:

Postal address:
The Fortnightly Review
Château du Ligny
2 rue Georges Clémenceau
85260 Les Brouzils

Poetry for review. Please direct books of poetry to the attention of the poetry editor:

Peter Riley
The Fortnightly Review
4 Mayroyd Mill
Mayroyd Lane
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire HX7 89VY

Proposing new Notices.


THE POPULARITY OF THE daily Chronicle & Notices section of the New Series and the part of the publication devoted to our assortment of critical notes and comment are both growing quickly. Many visitors now make these sections of The Fortnightly Review their first stop.

As regular readers will know, the items found in ‘Notes & Comment’ are reviews and other pieces commissioned by the editors for publication here, while the selection of ‘Notices’ constitute a rather fragmented editorial statement concerning The Fortnightly Review‘s principal interests as catalogued in the ‘Statement’ above. Some of these Notices reflect a point of view completely at odds with those of the editors – indeed, some are at odds with common sense and the world as we know it. Nevertheless, we have found them all to be thoughtful and hope you will have discovered that the Notices are invariably interesting and reflect unusual ways of thinking about life, art, faith, and pleasure.

THE EDITORS ALWAYS WELCOME suggestions from readers, and in particular we invite nominations for inclusion in Chronicle & Notices. If you will use the form below to point us to an interesting online article, essay, image, audio or video file, book review, poetry, or fiction, we will be indebted to you, and so will our readers. Please double-check the link you provide. The details you enter will not be shared, published, archived, or used in any way beyond what is necessary for routine verification and executing your request; your name will not appear, unless you specifically request otherwise.

Thank you.

The Editors.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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  1. Date of the announcement of The Fortnightly Review as it appeared in the Saturday Review.