Book Review Style Guide

Book review proposals. The author of the potential review should include as much information as possible relating to the proposed book (author’s name, title, publisher, publication date, number of pages, and ISBN) in their proposal. To propose a book review to LALT, please email Book Reviews Editor Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza with a brief explanation of the book’s importance to LALT. The editorial team reserves the right to accept or reject any proposed review.

Please do not directly request copies of books from publishers in LALT’s name.

Due dates. LALT is published four times per year on the following dates:

  • January 31
  • April 30
  • July 31
  • October 31

In order for a review to be considered for publication in any given issue, it must be received at least one month before said issue’s publication date.

LALT is dedicated to diffusing and promoting works of contemporary Latin American literature. For this reason, any book considered for review must have been published in the same year as the review, or the year before at the earliest.

If the reviewer is unable to send the review before the relevant deadline, they should email the Book Reviews Editor to either (1) clarify that LALT should wait until a specified later date for the review or (2) definitively cancel the review.

Length. Reviews can have a maximum of 1,200 words and a minimum of 500 words. If the review does not meet this requirement, LALT reserves the right to (1) return the review to its author for revision or (2) edit the review to adapt its length to the normal space requirements of LALT.

If, under extraordinary circumstances, the author should wish to alter the length of a review proposed to LALT, this request should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor for consideration.

Sending reviews. Please send reviews as Word document attachments by email to:

Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza, Book Reviews Editor

Format. Review headings for LALT should be formatted according to the following example:

Blanco nocturno. Ricardo Piglia. Barcelona: Anagrama. 2010. 304 pages.

Font name and size. All submissions sent to LALT should be written in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1.5 line spacing.

Quotes. Quotes should be kept brief (preferably two to three lines), and there should be no more than four quotes in a review. All quotes should be incorporated into the body of the text without a page number. Please avoid using footnotes and endnotes as much as possible.

Name of document sent to LALT. The name of the Word document sent to LALT should be formatted in the following order: Title of book, author’s name between parentheses, underscore, reviewer’s name. For example:

El llano en llamas (Juan Rulfo)_Antonia Fernández

Publication. Once a review is published and available online, the Book Reviews Editor will officially notify the review’s author by email.

If you would like to submit a review for consideration, please send it to the following address:

Latin American Literature Today
University of Oklahoma
780 Van Vleet Oval
Kaufman Hall, Room 106
Norman, OK 73019-4037



Revised January 2017