Open Mic Summer Series with TSLR

TSLR is excited to re-launch its open mic nights with a summer series. We will host the open mic every first Thursday from May to August at Lychee Lounge in Shanghai, starting 8 pm.


As a kind support for our event, Lychee Lounge is offering a 10% discount for us for pre-show reservations as well as drink specials. You can use the link for Lychee Lounge to make reservations.

We'll kick off the evening with a fun and generative writing exercise, and then we'll jump into our readings. All are welcome and readers can sign up via the QR code given below.


Our poetry editor, Alice Pettway, will also read from her newest collection, Moth, at the open mic on 2nd May. Moth will be available for sale at the venue.

Praise for Moth:

Moth is a flight. One I’m sure I will take again. At the last page, I realize Pettway has turned me into the eponymous moth, desperate for that beautiful and dangerous fire that burns in only the best poems but which seems to burn here in every poem. Pettway connected me to the easy longings and heavy sorrows of navigating life. And when a poet draws me back to see new humanity, to see more of my own, what else can be said, except thank you.” —After the Pause Literary Journal


The latest issue of TSLR will also be available for purchase on all open mic events.

Please limit your reading to 5–7 minutes. Only original material allowed. Readers can arrive by 7:45 to confirm their spot.

We hope to see you there!

Waves Launch Events in Shanghai

Our Shanghai-themed 3-story comic book collaboration with Shaving in the Dark is launching this week, and we have two exciting events coming up to celebrate its release!

Thursday, 2.28 - Waves Launch @ Unravel

Sunday, 3.3 - Waves Exhibit @ Egg 



Thursday 6:30pm: Our book will be revealed and sold for the first time at Unravel Shanghai, a live storytelling event whose theme of the night will be based on our book. Illustrators will be on hand to sign purchased copies.


Exhibit @ Egg

Sunday, starting 4pm Prints and books will be on exhibit and for sale.
Starting 6:30pm that evening, drink, write, & draw with us!

What Should You Attend? 

Join us on Thursday evening for a night of stories and entertainment and to get your hands on the book as soon as possible. Tickets are limited (and nearly sold out). 

Join us on Sunday evening to get your original poster-sized prints from the book and to exercise your creative muscles in a fun, free, and casual setting. 

Where Else Can I Get Waves?

We’ll keep you updated on where you can pick up Waves through our stockists over the next several weeks. For now, if you’d like to reserve a copy, you can pre-order on our website store: or email with your order request. 

Open Positions at TSLR - Join Our Team

Here at TSLR we’re busy gearing up for Issue Five, slated to come out in the fall of this year (we’re making some slight adjustment to our publication schedule starting this year). Another of our team’s missions in the next few months, however, is to expand our staff and grow each section, as well as find dedicated people for specific roles that now, after two years, we’ve realized we shouldn’t be trying to do all on our own.

Below are the openings that we’d like to fill this year at TSLR. If you’re interested in joining our team, or if you have other ideas about how you might be able to get involved, send us an email at by March 1, 2019 with a note about why the role interests you, your engagement with TSLR thus far, and your CV attached.

Please note that all roles at TSLR are volunteer-based and work is remote (as we are a small publication run on passion with few meetings, no office, and an editorial board across three continents), and the roles require commitment of at least one issue production cycle, or about 7-8 months.

  • Managing Editor - TSLR seeks a deadline-driven, reliable editor with a love for organization and time management to join as our Managing Editor. The Managing Editor will work closely with our Editor in Chief to create schedules and a business plan, organize materials for production, communicate deadlines to the team, and overall run the coordination and management of our network of Editors and Assistants.

  • Translation Associate - An editorial associate in Translation should have experience and interest in literary translation; the work will be dedicated to sourcing and reading, as well as editing translation pieces for TSLR, working alongside or with guidance from Mike Fu, our Translation Editor.

  • Fiction Associate - An editorial associate in Fiction should have experience and interest in editing short fiction; the work will be dedicated to sourcing and reading, as well as editing fiction pieces for TSLR, working alongside or with guidance from Juli Min, our Fiction Editor.

  • Events, US (New York) / Shanghai / London / Paris - TSLR holds several events annually in New York and Shanghai, including readings, launches, and social gatherings. Events teams will be responsible for generating ideas, reaching out to venues, and overall planning and logistics. Support for conferences and festivals, as well as ideas for events in new locations where we have editorial presence (London and Paris) are welcome. Also, if you're interested in being a dedicated regular Master of Ceremonies at TSLR open mics and readings, please reach out.

  • Social Media Editor - TSLR seeks a literature-loving, social-media savvy, witty caption writing editor to maintain our social media presences (Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, website, Instagram), upload work to our website, write posts, network with online communities, and push stories through to our channels.  

  • Copyeditor - The copyeditor’s main task will be to proofread carefully and 2-3 times the full magazine, checking for grammatical and stylistic errors in accordance with TSLR’s Style Guide.

  • Editorial Assistants - Editorial Assistants assist with administrative and editorial tasks related to the magazine, including shadow editing on one piece per issue with a chosen editor, transcribing interviews, assisting with events, etc.

Happy Lunar New Year from TSLR

Happy Lunar New Year from The Shanghai Literary Review!

What’s coming up for our team in the year of the pig?

TSLR has been working hard over the past few months to bring you something new and exciting - We’re thrilled to finally announce that our first comic book, Shanghai Waves, will be debuting at the end of February. 

TSLR has teamed up with local Shanghai illustration collective Shaving in the Dark to produce stories for comics related to the theme of Shanghai. The comics have been written by TSLR staff and brought to life by our good friends at Shaving. We’re stoked to also be partnering again with Unravel Shanghai on February 28 to launch our hometown-themed book at their first show of the new year. Tickets will be available for the event (as well as pre-orders of books) starting February 15. Stay tuned for details!

For now, here’s a sneak peak at some illustrations from the book: 

by Jeni Windall

by Jeni Windall

by Jay Mark Caplan

by Jay Mark Caplan

by Zovi Ong

by Zovi Ong


We’ll be updating here and in the events section of our website with more details about the event and the book as they are released.

In other news, the TSLR team is currently busy reading submissions for Issue Five, and accepted submissions will be notified no later than the end of March. Please understand that due to the number of submissions we receive, we may not be able to reply to all submissions or provide feedback on pieces. Thank you, and we look forward to bringing you new and interesting work in this year of the golden pig!

TSLR4 Launches Today & New Digital Versions of TSLR & CONCRETE

We are happy to announce that our fourth issue of The Shanghai Literary Review has launched today. TSLR4, which contains original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, book reviews, interviews, and art, features work and interviews by Chang-rae Lee, Vi Khi Nao, Lux Chen, Anthony Tao, Sonia Leung, Judith Dancoff, and Emily Williams. Books reviewed in this issue include Expulsion of the Other, Go Home!, Curating Revolution, Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers, and Invisible Planets: 13 Visions of the Future from China.

Please view the full list of contributors here, and visit our online store to purchase a limited edition print copy or digital instant download.