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Our Mission

We’re dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. We began with the goal of leading a new discussion around books, readers, and publishing. Individually and collaboratively, we do the work each day to innovate fresh content and services to our readers, amplify marginalized voices, and challenge ourselves and our community to be inclusive.

What We Do

We create content-driven communities around niche interests that delight fans and celebrate their diversity. Sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our contributors are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review, and we believe that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both.


We don’t provide 3 hots a day or laundry facilities because we want you to have a life outside of work. We do provide health benefits and an employee stock option plan.

Who We are Hiring

No positions are presently open.

Interested in writing for Book Riot?

Book Riot is always on the prowl for new contributors. If you can write something smart or funny or interesting or provocative about books in the space of about 600-800 words, we’re interested in hearing from you.

To be considered, complete the form below and provide links to two original writing samples that have not previously been published elsewhere. Please also include your résumé or CV. Samples and your résumé must be submitted via links in this form. Please use Google Docs or Dropbox (make sure the Google Docs aren’t locked!). Emailed applications and attachments will not be read.

We do not accept unsolicited pitches to write for us on a post-by-post basis, and will not respond to requests that do not arrive through the below application.

What to Send Us: Your samples should be things you think could go up on Book Riot just as they are. We recommend that one be an entry for the Our Reading Lives series, and the other on any topic of your choosing.

What Not to Send: Please don’t submit traditional book reviews or links to Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, etc. Also, please do not submit image-heavy pieces (like our Book Fetish or Literary Tourism series, or a collection of 10 awesome bookish t-shirts); we want to get a feel for your voice and writing style.

Your samples should show us that you understand how we do things here at the Riot and that you can do it too.

When to Expect a Response: Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to each one. Applications are processed during the first month of each quarter (January, April, July, and October). If your application is accepted, you will hear back from us the first month of the following quarter (e.g. if your application was submitted at any time October-December, you will hear back from us in January, if it was accepted).

So, what are you waiting for, convince us! (And yes, we compensate contributors.)

Contributor Application