Book Review Submissions

Now accepting book reviews!

We’re excited to announce that The Arrow Journal has started a book review section. We invite writers, scholars, and graduate students to submit reviews of recently published books or fresh takes on older works—well known and obscure.

What kinds of books interest The Arrow?

As a journal that fosters thoughtful, nuanced, and scholarly investigation of the applications of contemplative wisdom traditions to addressing global challenges, we’re most interested in reviews of books that bring the spiritual and political into meaningful conversation.

We are especially interested in the perspectives of traditions outside the Western mainstream, which offer important and often overlooked insights for confronting the challenges we face as a global community. Examples include—but certainly are not limited to—Indigenous traditions, African spirituality, and Buddhism.

We’re also open to publishing reviews of books that either present spiritual teachings or tackle social, political, or ecological challenges, provided that the book review takes the conversation further by incorporating the complementary perspective. For example, a review of a book focused on spiritual practice alone should expand, augment, or challenge the text with a social systems perspective, while reviews of books exclusively about socio-political issues should broaden the discourse with contemplative wisdom.

Reviews of recently published books are always welcome. Reviews of classic works should offer a fresh perspective that sheds new light on the work. We also welcome combinations of the above.


Review of a single book: 500-1000 words
Review of two books: 1000-2000 words

Submission Process

Before submitting your book review, please read our Submission Guidelines.

About The Arrow Journal

The Arrow Journal explores the relationship among contemplative practice, politics, and activism. The Arrow welcomes the insights of multiple contemplative lineages for achieving a kinder, healthier, and more compassionate world. We encourage dialogue on wisdom and knowledge arising from methods of contemplative inquiry, ways of embodied knowing, and intellectual disciplines. In doing so, The Arrow provides a critical and much needed space for investigating the meeting point of contemplative wisdom and pressing social, political, and environmental challenges.