Autofocus Online is looking to publish reviews of books and/or text interviews with authors of books published by large or small presses that exemplify the kind of work we also like to publish: book-length essay, memoir, curated journal/diary, curated letters/e-mail, autofiction, confessional poetry, hybrid explorations of the self, and anything that makes art from the writer's life.

We prefer reviews we publish to be self-reflexive, framed by the personal. We are fine with criticism about the books as part of the discussion, but we don't tend to publish mostly negative reviews. We like to publish reviews that guide people toward books through another writer's personal engagement with it.

Please send completed reviews up to 2,500 words for consideration. 

We prefer interviews we publish to discuss both the interviewee's life and writing. If you can work in how the book or writer has impacted you directly, without making the interview about you, that is of special interest.

Please send completed interviews up to 3,500 words for consideration.

If your review or interview is a bit longer, but you think it's a really great fit, just send it anyway.

If your review or interview is not completed and you'd like to pitch it first, you can do that by emailing We can indicate whether we might be interested, but when completed, we will still ask you to submit the final piece here for processing and consideration.

If you'd like to pitch an ongoing review or interview column, you can do that at the same email too.

Simultaneous submissions are expected. 

Previously unpublished work only please.