We created Red City Review to be a place where authors can receive a professional literary book review for their work at an affordable price. We love books, and we want people to learn about the amazing new titles that we are fortunate enough to read. We have been reviewing hundreds of books every year since founder Alex Rigby first launched the website in 2013.

Our mission is to foster an online community of independent authors and writers all around the globe, who can come here to find resources for improving both their craft and their careers.


2018 Red City Review Book Awards

Welcome back, writers!

We greatly appreciate your interest in entering the 2018 Red City Review Book Awards. Entry for this year’s contest is now open, and you can enter by visiting our main review submissions page. 

If this is your first time submitting to us, or if you are submitting a new book for review, you can enter the contest by paying $60.  You can also enter a book that we have already reviewed for just $20.

The book does not have to have been reviewed or published in 2018 in order to be considered; all books are welcome for submission. For contest details, see below. Contest entry formally opened on Monday, January 22 and will end on Friday, June 29. All entrants in this year’s contest will be eligible to win the following prizes:

One winner will receive a Grand Prize, which includes:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Their book featured on the front page of the Red City Review website and social media pages
  • 50 high-quality grand prize winner book stickers
  • Framed winner’s certificate
  • Press release announcing their book as the 2018 Red City Review Book Awards grand prize winner circulated to our vast email list

For more details about this year’s prizes, click here. Or, to learn more about previous years’ winners and finalists, visit either of the links below.


The 2015 Winners:



The 2014 Winners:

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Our Services

A Red City Review is a 250—350 critique and assessment of your novel.  We offer single reviews for $40, and reviews are posted between one to two months after we receive your work. Furthermore, we promise that your review will come from someone who has actually read your book.

We also offer editorial services including copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, and interior layout design. It is our goal to help you make your book the best it can be. To find out more about our editorial services click here.

Additionally, we plan to add even more high-quality offerings to our arsenal in the coming year. These will include book cover re-design, writing and editing tips from real authors, marketing and social media management advice, and more. Our ultimate goal is to be a one-stop shop for independent authors who are seeking help in getting their books from brain to page, and into the hands of eager readers.

Why Reviews Matter


The more positive reviews your book has, the more likely it is that readers will be interested in your title. Books that have many reviews on websites such as Amazon sell more copies than books that have few or no reviews. A Red City Review helps capture organic readers by bringing attention to your book.


Reviews help increase your book sales, because the positive things stated in the review help inform the customer about the book, as well as proclaiming what was so good about it. People are more likely to purchase something if it comes highly recommended.


Getting a positive review helps your chances of your book being given an award. The more reviews you have, the more notice the book will gain. Entering your book into The Red City Review Book Awards is a great way for your book to gain the attention it deserves, and to win cash and other prizes for all of your hard work!


Finally, getting a review from Red City Review will help your book gain recognition, not only in the promotional sense, but from the review itself. There is no better feeling than receiving a positive review for the book that you spent countless hours, days, months and perhaps even years writing. We here at Red City Review can assure you that our review of your book will bring you satisfaction, because even though we cannot guarantee a five star rating for your book, we will always highlight the best parts of your work in our review.


Now that you know all of the ways that getting a review can help your book, sign up for a Red City review by clicking here.

Our Team

Here at Red City Review, our staff consists of editors, English professors, librarians, booksellers, bloggers, social media influencers, and people who work at publishers across the nation. We represent the full spectrum of all the great folks who come together to form the thriving publishing industry.

Whether you contact us by email, web form, Facebook message, or tweet, we’re here to answer any and all questions you have about our company.