The Shanghai Literary Review accepts submissions for web and print on a rolling basis. You may submit via our online submission manager. As of April 15, we no longer accept submissions via email. There is no fee for submitting your work to TSLR.
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 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.
- 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 text
- Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or non-fiction from or about Asia
*Special Edition: Concrete The Shanghai Literary Review is looking for personal essays and narrative nonfiction of 2,000-8,000words that capture different facets of various Chinese cities (people, buildings, histories, stories). We are also seeking photography that reflects life in China’s cities. The special TSLR edition, to be published early 2018, will feature essays on various cities with accompanying photography. Submissions are due August 31, 2017.
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We will only publish previously unpublished pieces.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.