Welcome to the submissions page for Tahoma Literary Review. Our current reading period runs from June 1 to July 31. 

This reading period we are offering a number of free submissions. How many we can offer is limited, so please opt out of the standard submission fee only if you would otherwise be unable to submit to Tahoma Literary Review.  


You can review our general guidelines before submitting below or on our website.  If your submission does not meet these guidelines, we may ask you to reformat or revise a submission.

Submission fees: Standard submission fees for poetry and flash prose are $4; for longer prose the fee is $5. For this reading period, the fees are optional until we hit our submissions cap. 

Beyond those basic fees we also offer feedback and critique services (discussed below). 

You can review our Transparency in Publishing page to see how submission and subscription fees help us pay our contributors and our support team. 

Submission expectations: Our response time is up to three months. Check back if you have not heard from us within that time. Previous contributors to Tahoma Literary Review should wait one full reading period after publication of their work before submitting again. Please do not resubmit revised work unless we have requested it specifically. Simultaneous submissions to other magazines are welcome, but let us know as soon as a piece is accepted elsewhere (Use Submittable’s Withdraw feature for a full withdrawal, or the Message feature for a partial withdrawal). If our reading period is still open, we can consider another submission as a substitute. 

Please make only one submission per reading period. We love to see writers crossing genres, but one submission in one genre per reading period, please.

Feedback and critiques: As an add-on service we can provide specific feedback on your submission. Please see specifics for your genre in the submission categories below. Feedback is always available in fiction and nonfiction, while the availability of feedback in poetry depends on current workload. If you see  Poetry with Feedback as a choice below, it’s available. If not, please check back. In Fiction Critique offers a detailed analysis of your submission.

Payment: $55 for flash prose and short poems; $135 for longer prose and poems (from 1,500 to 6,000 words for nonfiction; 1,500 to 10,000 words for fiction; over 7 pages for poetry).

Rights: We ask for first North American serial rights. We may reprint accepted work on our website in the Excerpts page. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author upon publication. 


Other Guidelines

  • You can find samples of accepted work on our Excerpts page and our Soundcloud channel
  • All submissions should be made via Submittable. If this limitation presents an accessibility issue, please contact the editors for alternatives.
  • Prose submissions should be in standard manuscript format. (Double-spaced, Courier or Times New Roman font, 12-point type, one-inch margins, author name and contact information on the title page). Word or PDF files only. If we accept a file that is in PDF, we will need a Word (or compatible) version.
  • Cover letters are welcome, and we enjoy reading them. But don’t tell us what your submission is about. Tell us what you are about.
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.
  • At this time, we are not reading plays, screenplays, translations, reviews, work that includes images, or novel excerpts.
  • In every category, consider the reader.

During this reading period we are offering a limited number of free standard submissions each month. Until we reach the monthly cap of free submissions, you also can opt to pay the standard submission fee, below.

What we’re looking for in Fiction

  • We like stories that offer imaginative premises, unusual or marginalized characters, and high stakes.
  • Show us characters driven by lifetimes of experience and complex motivations.
  • Experimental writing is also welcome.
  • We are not reading children’s or YA literature at this time.
  • Word limit for fiction is 1,500 to 10,000 words.


Feedback 

For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. At times, the feedback may be two lines; it may be a paragraph or two. But it will always be actionable. 


See our Fiction with Feedback category for details. 

Full Critiques (Fiction only)

In fiction we also offer a full critique of your manuscript from a highly qualified reader. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential editorial next steps. 


We vet our readers carefully, and have chosen those who are gifted at and enthusiastic about the critique process. They are paid a significant portion of the full-critique fee. Comparable critiques from independent editors can cost over $100. 


See our Full Critiques for Fiction category for details.

Feedback on your submission

Select this option for direct feedback on your submission. For an extra $3, a TLR editor will comment specifically on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable.

Full critiques (Fiction only)
In fiction we also offer a full critique of your manuscript from a highly qualified reader. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential editorial next steps. 

See our Full Critiques for Fiction section for details.

What we’re looking for in Fiction

  • We like stories that offer imaginative premises, unusual or marginalized characters, and high stakes.
  • Show us characters driven by lifetimes of experience and complex motivations.
  • Experimental writing is also welcome.
  • We are not reading children’s or YA literature at this time.
  • Word limit is 1,500 to 10,000 words.

Use the option below to submit your manuscript and receive feedback. 






During this reading period we are offering a limited number of free standard submissions each month. Until we reach the monthly cap of free submissions, you also can opt to pay the standard submission fee.

What we are looking for in Flash Fiction 

 Pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short stories to surprise, challenge, and move the reader. 

You may submit 1 or 2 pieces of flash prose, with a total word count of 1,500. 

 Please submit prose poems as Poetry. 

We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs. 


Feedback Option

For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable. 

See Flash with Feedback - Fiction for details.


Full Critiques 

In Fiction we offer a full-critique of your manuscript from a highly qualified reader. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential next steps. 


See Full Critiques for Fiction for details.

Feedback 

For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable. 


Full critiques (Fiction only) 

In Fiction we also offer a full critique of your manuscript from a highly qualified reader. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential editorial next steps. 


See our Full Critiques for Fiction category for details.


What we are looking for in Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction 

 Pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short stories to surprise, challenge, and move the reader. 

  • You may submit 1 or 2 pieces of flash fiction, with a total word count of 1,500. 
  •  Please submit prose poems as Poetry. 
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs. 

Request feedback on your Flash submission below. 

Ends on $50.00 - 85.00
$50.00 - 85.00

The Full Critique

In fiction, we offer a full critique of your submission from a highly qualified reader. We vet these readers carefully, and have chosen those who are gifted at and enthusiastic about the critique process. They are paid a significant portion of the full-critique fee. 

With a full critique you will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential next steps. 

If your story is:

  • 1-1,499 words (i.e., flash fiction), the price for a full critique is $50.
  • 1,500 to 4,999 words, the price for a full critique is $60.
  • 5,000 to 7,499 words, the price for a full critique is $70.
  • 7,500-10,000 words, the price for a full critique is $85.

Here’s what recent submitters who chose the full critique had to say:

  • “Your comments inspired me to roll my sleeves back up and get to work. I didn’t realize this until now, but on some level I’ve been worrying about the very thing you pointed out.” – David Cameron
  • “Thank you for this incredibly helpful review of my work. You have helped me see how to pare down the content and pursue the central theme.” – Leia Menlove
  • “Thank you so much for your comprehensive and thoughtful critique of my story. You've given me much to think about. I appreciate your directness and candor and am eager to take on the challenges you've laid out.” – Barbara Shomaker

Our reader/reviewers are selected from a pool of writers who have demonstrated a keen desire to serve in this capacity. We firmly believe that strong critiquing skills contribute to strong writing skills, and we provide our reviewers with the tools and guidance we have gleaned over a combined 50 years of experience between TLR’s prose editors, Yi Shun Lai and Ann Beman.

Comparable critiques from independent editors can cost over $100. For all critique levels, should your story be accepted, you will be refunded up to the "submission with feedback" fee. 

No repeat submissions, please.

As part of our commitment to a healthy literary community, we are strong believers in helping you improve your work, but we ask you to remember that editing is a highly subjective process. 

To receive a full critique, please select the appropriate category from the dropdown menu.

During this reading period we are offering a limited number of free standard submissions each month. Until we reach the monthly cap of free submissions, you also can opt to pay the standard submission fee.

What we're looking for in Nonfiction

  • Be brave. Send us the stuff you never thought would get published anywhere. Send us the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group.
  • We are always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too: we'll read lyrical essays; experimental essays; and narrative nonfiction.
  • Be professional. Polish your work; make sure it’s clean. Your word limit is 6,000 words. (It’s okay to swear in your work, though. That’s not the kind of “clean” we mean.) We won’t accept anything remotely misogynistic or bigoted.
  • Be concise. Ranting, raving, or emotive logorrhea are never good ways to get important ideas across, so leave those on the cutting-room floor. We believe in brevity, so if you have flash nonfiction, we are happy to read that, too.
  • We're not looking for: Book reviews, academic work, cultural criticism, or writing about writing. 

Feedback 

For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs,  but it will always be actionable. 

See our Nonfiction with Feedback category for details. 

Feedback


Select this form for direct feedback on your submission. For $8 a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable. 

What we're looking for in Nonfiction

  • Be brave. Send us the stuff you never thought would get published anywhere. Send us the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group.
  • We are always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too: we'll read lyrical essays; experimental essays; and narrative nonfiction.
  • Be professional. Polish your work; make sure it’s clean. Your word limit is 6,000 words. (It’s okay to swear in your work, though. That’s not the kind of “clean” we mean.) We won’t accept anything remotely misogynistic or bigoted.
  • Be concise. Ranting, raving, or emotive logorrhea were never good ways to get important ideas across, so leave those on the cutting-room floor. We believe in brevity, so if you have flash nonfiction, we are happy to read that, too.
  • We're not looking for: Book reviews, academic work, cultural criticism, or writing about writing.



During this reading period we are offering a limited number of free standard submissions each month. Until we reach the monthly cap of free submissions, you also can opt to pay the standard submission fee.

What we are looking for in Flash Nonfiction
 Pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of nonfiction prose to surprise, challenge, and move the reader. Experimental forms welcome.
You may submit 1 or 2 pieces of flash prose, with a total word count of 1,500.
 Please submit prose poems as Poetry.
We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.


Feedback Option
For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable.
See Flash with Feedback - Nonfiction for details.

Feedback
For an extra $3, a TLR editor will provide direct feedback on your manuscript. "Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises concise notes on what's working and what isn't working for your story or essay. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable.


Full critiques (Fiction only)
In Fiction we also offer a full critique of your manuscript from a highly qualified reader. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential editorial next steps.


See our Full Critiques for Fiction category for details.


What we are looking for in Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction
 Pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short stories to surprise, challenge, and move the reader. Experimental forms welcome.
 

  • You may submit 1 or 2 pieces of flash fiction, with a total word count of 1,500. 
  •  Please submit prose poems as Poetry. 
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs. 

 Request feedback on your Flash submission below. 

During this reading period we are offering a limited number of free standard submissions each month. Until we reach the monthly cap of free submissions, you also can opt to pay the standard submission fee, below.

What we're looking for in Poetry

  • Tahoma Literary Review welcomes submissions from diverse perspectives, particularly those underrepresented in the literary world. We adhere to no particular aesthetic; simply send your best work.
  • Alongside free verse, works that are formal, prose, or long form poems are also welcome.
  • Send up to 6 poems per submission; no more than one poem longer than 7 pages per submission. If a poem is ten pages or longer, please submit as a single poem.
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