Sabotage Reviews was founded in 2010 by Claire Trévien to provide dynamic commentary and reviews of small-scale and ephemeral literature that might not otherwise receive such critical and public attention. The focus is on independent, small-budget literature; poetry pamphlets, short stories and live performance (particularly open mic events and spoken word shows). We publish an average of 500 reviews each year.
Sabotage is representative of the hugely diverse amount of work actually being made and written in the ‘literary ecology’. We stand for inclusiveness and commitment to new voices in literature.
‘In poetry, if the stale old hierarchies – page v stage, artist v critic, establishment v avant-garde – are crumbling, it’s because of the work encouraged by Sabotage.’ — Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Prizes and National Poetry Day.
Sabotage welcomes reviews of 1500 words or less on any of the above (no novels please!). See the guidelines here.
If you are a writer, editor, or event curator and would like your work to be reviewed on Sabotage please email the relevant editor and either attach the work, supply us with a link or ask for our mailing address. Due to the high volume of requests we receive compared to the number of reviewers we have, we regret that we cannot guarantee a review.
We do not review novels as there are many other reviewing outlets for these. While we do occasionally review full poetry collections (by indie publishers), our main focus is on other forms such as pamphlets and magazines and these will always be prioritised.
It goes without saying that the opinions of the reviewers don’t necessarily reflect those of this website as a whole.
Copyright belongs to the authors, please don’t lift articles without permission.
Sabotage Reviews is being archived for posterity by the British Library.
It was nominated by members of The Alliance for Independent Authors for their Top Website for Self-Publishers Award.