SEA HISTORY Book Review Guidelines

For Authors and Publishers:  Those wishing to have new titles in maritime topics reviewed in Sea History should mail a copy to editor Deirdre O’Regan at 7 Timberknoll Road, Pocasset, MA 02559.  Please include a press sheet if available and contact information. If we arrange for an outside reader to review the book, we will ask for a second copy to be shipped directly to the reviewer. Exceptions can be made but this is the standard procedure. Only books published within the last 12 months will be considered. There is no guarantee that any given book will be reviewed. Materials mailed will not be returned. Digital versions of the book or manuscripts will not be considered.

For Reviewers: Please contact Sea History editor Deirdre O’Regan at if you would like to be included as an outside reader. Reviews are assigned on an individual basis. For new reviewers, please also provide a list of topics, eras in history, and genres that you have a particular interest or specialty in so we can be sure to send appropriate titles in your direction. General interest in maritime history and literature is perfectly fine as well. Reviewers are not paid.

Once a reviewer requests and in time receives the book from the publisher, please write the review with a general but knowledgeable audience in mind. Reviews run anywhere from 300-900 words, depending on the book/author/topic/reviewer. Footnotes and reference notes are not included Sea History book reviews.  For samples of previously published reviews, please visit

Reviewers should always feel free to contact the editor if there is a concern about a book or timing, once the book has been received. On occasion, a book turns out to be inappropriate for a review, and we can discuss this on a case-by-case basis. We do not have a policy about publishing negative reviews. We ask reviewers to keep the audience in mind and to be judicious, clear, kind, appropriate, insightful and concise.

Deadlines: Sea History is published quarterly in early March, June, September, and December.  Deadlines for reviews follow a quarterly schedule as well and should be submitted at least two months prior to publication (by January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1).