Urbania Magazine welcomes diverse voices that speak to current events and issues from an urban perspective.   We enjoy dynamic voices that use the writing space to grow and build on idea across the diaspora.  Check the guidelines of each section.  We only accept exclusive submissions for the personal essay, feature sections.   

To be considered for a review in Urbania Review,  a review copy (printed or digital) of the title in question must be received in the Urbania offices at least two months prior to the book's firm publication date. Once we have our hands on your book, our managing editor will carefully critique whether it meets our editorial standards. We receive hundreds of worthy titles every month. Due to space limitations, we're only able to review 10 books per issue of the quarterly magazine. We publish another 10 on the website each month. If your book did not make the cut, we also offer objective, 450-word reviews (including a star rating) by AOM Reviews, ou fee-for-review service.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include a fact sheet, sell sheet, or press release. All review submissions should be sent to the attention of:

Book Review Editor / Urbania Magazine

PO Box 532532

Indianapolis, IN 46254

Submission information should include category, title, subtitle, author name and bio, publisher, page count, price, binding, ISBN, and publication date. Press releases or fact sheets should include a brief description of the title, why it is distinctive, etc., as well as contact information. Please also note on your enclosed fact sheet what type of review you are seeking.

eBooks are accepted in the following formats: .pdf, .epub, or .mobi. Urbania Magazine will not review titles that are only published as eBooks. Titles must have a print version with a firm pub date.

Submit eBooks by email to ebooks@urbaniamag.com

AOM Reviews

The book you thought was the only one of its kind is on a cluttered marketplace. Some bookstores won't stock the book and the online reviews providing little as far as an in-depth review.   You want a professionally written, objective review to market to book buyers, online readers and movers and shakers that can help boost your books presence.

We have been there.

That's why Urbania has created AOM Reviews. We are offering a fee-for-review service for indie and self-publishers. We use a team of qualified reviewers to help you connect your stories with the hearts and minds of booksellers, librarians, and readers excited to find undiscovered indie literature. Our 450-word reviews critique all aspects of your book and have an express delivery of 4-6 weeks. With your permission, your review will be posted on our website and licensed to book wholesalers. Our partners, such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor,  Bowker, and EBSCO will spread the word to thousands of librarians and booksellers.

An AOM Review provides three important elements to be used immediately in your marketing efforts:

An Art "Official" Quote
Placed on top of the review, this powerful testimonial uses dynamic language to communicate to readers a strength of your book.

The Lead Paragraph

This well-written introduction tells readers, in a compact, conversational, positive way, what the book is about and what our reviewer thought of it. It could also stand alone, if necessary, as a one-paragraph mini-review.

The Star Rating

We'll give you 400-500 words detailing much more than a mere plot synopsis. Clarion Reviews give authors and readers a comprehensive critique of the writing, plot, pacing, characters, packaging, and other elements that will influence potential book buyers. The reader will not only know what the book is about, they will get a complete analysis from a professional writer who specializes in specific fields of study (book genres). Your book will be rated with one to five stars based on excellence.

How to Get Started

If you are ready to get your book reviewed, simply click here to order a Clarion Review. We'll need some basic information to get your account opened. You'll receive directions on how to send us your book—in any format—on your receipt once you've placed your order. The review fee is $299 per book. When the review has been completed, you'll get a notification (including the review) via email, and we'll wait for your instructions on whether to post it or keep it private.

The features are 1000 to 1,500 words of critiques, essays, and articles on urban culture from a thoughtful perspective. We're looking for fresh, strong voices on urban culture and the media, illuminating with personal insight and wit. Features vary in format: interviews, reported pieces, and critical essays are welcome, as are roundups and graphically driven formats like timelines, charts, and comics. Upcoming features include a look at  Community Activism and how to protect yourself from Police,  Higher Education and the Impact on Urban Culture and The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

You've shot a great film or web video.  The marketplace is crowded and you want as many eyes as possible to see your presentation. We offer an interview and your featured show with links to be placed on our highly trafficked website.  Submit your information and provide a link to your video. 

We are looking for dynamic art to show and spread to our readers.  If your art deals with urban space, mixed media and most of all is captivating, we want to hear from you.  Submit your bio information and portfolio.  If we choose you we will be providing an interview and spreading the word of your art to Urbania readers.
This section honors personal narrative as a source of politics, analysis, pedagogy, and survival. We will publish first-person essays, autobiographical accounts, testimonies, and memoir up to 1,500 words that pay homage to and elevate urban lives, lived experiences, and stories. We are also open to non-textual forms, such as video or audio submissions in this category.

NOTE: Please review each category carefully to make sure you're submitting your work to the appropriate reviewers.
We are looking for the next best short story writer.  We need dynamic stories that hace a solid plot and characters.  Each story should reflect the city and the everyday struggle for self and identity in a place where space is becoming limited. 

Short story submissions should be double spaced, NO more than 5,000 words. Include author, title, and previous publications.