2018 Best of the Net Nominations

It is after much deliberation and debate that TSLR is delighted to announce our nominees for 2018’s Best of the Net anthology, by Sundress Publications. Those eligible were first published online here between the summers of 2017 and 2018. Congratulations to the nominees, and best of luck in the competition.


Kale Chips, by Albert Choi

Memory Palace, by Karen Kao


Tachikawa Dismantled, by Brenda Yates

A Hymn to Shanghai, by Nancy Huang

On Defamations of Millennial Love in the Metropolis, by Karen An-hwei Lee

Open Parenthesis, by Alina Gregorian

Hometown of Lu Xun 1972, by KB Ballentine

Chance, by Sherry Luo


Two, by C. Allen Harrison

Choy Sum, by Max Berwald

Issue Three Has Launched

Thank you all for coming out to the launch party for Issue Three. We couldn't be happier with the reception, and the warm crowds that showed up to celebrate with games, drinks, card readings, and live music. 

See below to view a few photos from our launch, and visit our Facebook page to see them all. All photos by Nicole Chan.

Concrete Has Launched

On May 31, 2018, TSLR launched Concrete, our special edition of essays and photography about Chinese cities. What a great night, with a great turnout, featuring great live stories curated by Unravel.

Please enjoy a recap video produced by Nicole Chan, wechat id: nicolattes

Concrete is now available in the TSLR Store.

The TSLR Book Club

We at The Shanghai Literary Review love curling up with a book. So it shouldn’t be surprising that we created a book club. TSLR is bringing together Shanghai’s bookworms and casual readers for a journey through Chinese Literature. We have for the past few months gathered to discuss different works, both fiction and nonfiction, that help shed a light on Chinese Culture and literary canon.

“It’s been nice to meet people in the shanghai community who are interested in the history in China and who are literary minded,” Megan Cattel, TSRL’s Book Club organizer says.  “We have members who are Chinese and have spent time in the West, and Westerners who have spent time in China. It’s nice to have a mix of insights and perspectives at the table.”

So far, we have read Good Girl from Chinatown, by Jenevieve Chang; Years of Red Dust, by Qiu Xiaolong; Street of Eternal Happiness, by Rob Schmitz; Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones; and China in Ten Words, by Yu Hua. Next, we’ll be reading the new translation of Little Reunions, by Eileen Chang.

Join us at the TSLR book club. You can get all the information about the next discussion by following our WeChat channel: TheShanghaiLiteraryReview, or joining our book club's Meetup page. Come get a coffee with us and talk about some awesome books.