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.

2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The Shanghai Literary Review is proud to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations for 2018: 



I Am Writing About A Hole, by Sheung King

in which we open the box marked home to find eternity inside, by Xiao Yue Shan

The Bureaucrats’ Daughters, by Lynn Zhao

Nashville, by Francis C. Macansantos


Born Under the Influence, by Andrena Zawinski


Pom Pom, by Xu Xiaobin, Translated into English by Nicky Harman

Congratulations and best of luck to our nominees - thank you again for sharing your work with TSLR. We look forward to publishing in 2019 and to keep pushing forward and representing the amazing work our contributors are doing around the world. 

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