Criticism has never been a more vital and necessary force than it is today. Working critics can join the NBCC to share resources and help us celebrate the art and craft of book criticism. Learn more about NBCC membership.

The freelancer’s spreadsheet, long a members-only resource that lists editor contacts and pitching guidelines for more than 80 publications that cover books, is now public. You can find the spreadsheet here.

If you’re interested in supporting the NBCC but are not a working book critic, consider making a donation!

Current Membership Benefits

  1. Membership Directory

    Find and communicate with NBCC members.

    Michael O’Donnell
    published a review on February 10, 2023

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    Farooz Rather
    published a review on May 2, 2023

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    Heather Hewett
    published a review on January 1, 1970

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    Hannah Joyner
    published a review on February 15, 2022

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    Dan Kubis
    published a review on August 23, 2023

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  2. Happy Hours and Events

    During happy hours and events, NBCC members connect with other members across the country passionate about criticism and the literary world.
    Freelancer’s Guide
  3. Resources for Book Critics

    NBCC members gain access to our book publicist contact list and a member Slack chatroom. Their news and reviews are also circulated in Critical Notes, our weekly newsletter sent to more than 3,000 book critics and industry members.
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  4. Serve on Prize Committees

    NBCC members can serve as judges for the Barrios Prize, for the best book in translation published in a given year, and the Leonard Prize, for the best debut.
    a stack of books, the finalists for the NBCC prizes in 2022
  5. Unlock Subscription Discounts

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  6. NBCC Newsletter

    Explore NBCC history with scans of newsletters dating back to 1975, including awards deliberations and messages from past board members.
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