Submission Guidelines

Here at Off the Record we do out very best to support creativity and so we are happy to receive submissions for pretty much anything, that being said we do reserve the right to refuse submissions either because we feel it does not fit with the overall theme of the blog or because we deem the content inappropriate.

We are currently open to reviews for Music, Books, Films, Television and Games so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to review something from any of the above categories. We tend to focus on local, indie and/or non-mainstream content mainly because those projects are the most in need of support and promotion but we will also cover more established media from time to time so if you’d like to see what Off the Record thinks of the latest Marvel movie or Season of Games of Thrones then feel free to reach out and we’ll check it out.

Below I’ll cover the submission guidelines for the content we receive most often:

Music Submissions
We review music here, in fact it’s one of the most common submissions we receive so if you would like us to review your music (whether it be a single, an EP or an album) then what I would like you to do is head over to the contact section of the site and send us a message with Your Name or the name of Your Band/Group, a brief Bio, including who you are, where you are from and who is in the band (assuming that’s relevant) as well as what position you play in the band (again assuming that’s relevant). As well as that I would like you to send a copy of what you would like reviewed, this can be in the form of MP3 files or a link to where the submission can be streamed or otherwise downloaded. Lastly if you can provide links to any relevant social media accounts so that they can be tagged once the review has been posted.

Book Submissions
Another popular submission we receive are books, we are happy to review books in pretty much any genre ranging from Historical Fiction to Romance to Fantasy, but the preferred genre for our reviewers is Crime fiction and Young Adult/Contemporary fiction. So if you would like to submit your book for review then head over to the contact section and send us a message with a brief bio of the author(s), a synopsis of the book(s) itself and whether or not the book was self published. As well as that I would like you to send a copy of what you would like reviewed, this can be in any format although we prefer PDF, if you want provide that then please or a link to where the submission can be downloaded. Lastly if you can provide links to any relevant social media accounts so that they can be tagged once the review has been posted.

After you’ve sent a message with all of the above information we will check out your submission and get back to you as soon as possible. I would like to add that we receive a lot of submissions on a daily basis and so you should expect to wait at least 72 hours from sending your initial message to getting a reply. Lastly if we do go ahead with a review you should be prepared to wait at least two weeks for it to be uploaded to the site, if there is a time constraint regarding your review then let us know and we will do our best to get the review posted on the required date.