Call for Submissions - TSLR 3, Summer 2018 Edition

We're back at it again! Our next print issue comes out in summer 2018, and the team at TSLR have been happily reading incoming submissions. 

The deadline to submit for our winter print issue is February 15. Please mosey on over to our Submittable page to send in your work.

We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We'll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. Selected works will be published in print and after a delay, all pieces will be available online as well. TSLR sells in a growing number of stores in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, and London. 

We publish: 

  • Fiction - less than 5,000 words
  • Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person
  • Non-Fiction - less than 5,000 words
  • Flash Fiction / Non-Fiction - less than 500 words
  • Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.
  • Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction, or vice versa, along with the original text
  • Book Review - pitch book review ideas to tslrbookreviews@gmail.com 

To submit online, please visit our online submissions manager

We will only publish previously unpublished pieces. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please just let us know promptly if your submission has been accepted elsewhere. All published authors of the print edition will be mailed a hard copy of their magazine at no cost.

Translators, please provide documentation of authorization to translate and publish from the writer whom you are translating.

Submissions Paradise

Our magazine's first submissions deadline was this past weekend, and we could not be happier with the high quality, quantity, and diversity of the submissions we've received in every category. Thanks so much to everyone who sent us work. We know you've sent us your babies, and we'll be gentle and careful with each one.

What happens over the next couple of months? All of the editors are now busy reading, and you'll hear back from the editor in charge of your category if he/she has any questions or ideas. Some of you submitted months ago; thank you for your immense patience. You're still in the running. We will be getting in touch with acceptances about the print issue no sooner than early April, and about online publication about a month after that.   

Meanwhile, if you've submitted your work elsewhere and it has been accepted, please let us know asap. And if you haven't heard from us by May, please reach out. 

Inspired & grateful,

Juli, Editor of TSLR

Our Online Submissions Manager is Now Live

To make the submissions process easier for writers, artists, and for our editorial team, we've opened up an online submissions system through Submittable.

If you've got fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation, or art to share with us, you can check out our portal here.

Thank you to all who have already submitted to the first issue of The Shanghai Literary Review. Email submissions are still happily accepted.

Accepting Submissions for Online & Vol. 1

The Shanghai Literary Review is currently reading submissions for online and Volume 1 of our print issue.

If you're writing or making art from or about Asia on topics related (but not limited!) to urbanism, globalism, identity, or transnationalism, please consider submitting. Selected works will be published online and/or in print and be automatically entered into our annual end-of-year contest where cash prizes will be awarded in each genre.

We are looking for: 

  • Fiction - less than 5,000 words

  • Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person

  • Non-Fiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words

  • Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction - less than 500 words

  • Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.

  • Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from Asia, or vice versa, along with the original

  • Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or non-fiction from or about Asia 

Submissions are due by the end of February, 2017. 

To submit online, please go to our online submissions manager.

Or, send us an email with an attachment - put the category of your submission in the name of your document (e.g., FICTION-thebeststory.doc), and in your email, please write the category of your submission in the subject line (e.g., FICTION or NON-FICTION).

Send all email submissions to shanghailiterary@gmail.com.