Writing Guide

Thank you for your interest in writing for Bitesi Review. Kindly review the content of this page before making a submission via the available form. Please be aware once a write-up is shared with us and accepted, it is exclusively for Bitesi Review, where it will either be published in a magazine issue or shared on the website and our social media platforms.

Contributor Biography

Contributors should include the listed below in all submissions.

  • Writing name or alias.
  • Brief bio about self.
  • Social media usernames.

1. Writing a Book Review

Your review must be objective in nature, and may not contain bias or derogatory words.

  1. Minimum of 700 words
  2. Maximum of 1000 words
  3. Limited to 2 Quotes from the Book
  4. Book titles should be italicised i.e. Not Just Another Interlude by Lara T. Kareem
  5. Mention only last names of authors when referring to them in the body of your review. Ensure to use their preferred pronouns.
  6. Review must touch on the following topics:
    • Writing Style: How did you find the author’s writing style? The use of language, the pacing of the story? Use of dialogue? How did the writing make you feel, tell you about the author?
    • Characterisation: Are the characters well rounded? Are the characters too much? Confusing? Are the motivation for their actions believable?
    • Relatable: Is the protagonist in the story easy to relate with? DId you feel sympathetic toward the antagonist? Did you connect with the story?
    • Plot: Is the plot & setting consistent? How did you feel about the plot events? Were you surprised, did it bring about strong emotional reactions? Is the plot predictable?
    • The last paragraph should also include what makes the book stand out compared to other books (it’s unique selling point) your overall impression on the book, was the voice unique, fresh, or interesting? Does the story deliver on the promise of its premise and opening scenes? Did you enjoy reading this story?

2. Writing an Article/Essay

Your article/essay must not be libellous and should not include false statements or unverifiable information.

  1. Minimum of 700 words
  2. Maximum of 1000 words
  3. For essays writing, angle must be clear. Topics to discussed and arguments should be included and solutions proffered.
  4. If included book titles should be italicised i.e. Not Just Another Interlude by Lara T. Kareem
  5. Article must have a central focus. Narrowing down on a particular aspect of the theme. i.e.
    • Topic: Speculative Fiction
    • Title: Flying through Space
    • Subtitle: What makes reading books set in space enjoyable.
    • Body: Discuss about favourite books across age categories, the genre in general, what makes it enjoyable to you, what you recommend etc.
  6. Writers have freedom to write in a format that best suits their writing styles.

3. Writing a Short Story

Your story central genre must align with the theme of the issue it's being featured in.

  1. Minimum of 2000 words
  2. Maximum of 2500 words
  3. Story Title should be in this format i.e. ‘Not Just Another Interlude’ by Lara T. Kareem
  4. Stories written must include conflict, a driving focus or apparent reason for characters actions.
  5. Authors have freedom to write in a format that best suits their writing styles.

4. Writing a Poem

Your poem must align with the theme of the issue it's being featured in.

  1. It must be a haiku
  2. Poem Title should be in this format i.e. ‘Not Just Another Interlude’ by Lara T. Kareem