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  • Submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and flash nonfiction for our tenth reading period are open through April 30, 2017.
  • For fiction submissions, please submit one short story or novel excerpt between 2,000 and 10,000 words, double-spaced. Please use Times or Times Roman, 12 point type with one inch margins. Word or pdf files only, please. Fiction submitters have the option of receiving comments from the Fiction Editor by selecting one of our feedback options.
  • Novel excerpts may be under contract to a publisher or agent for future publication. In such cases we will need written permission from the contractor before publication in TLR.
  • For poetry submissions, please submit 3 to 6 poems in a single document. There are no length restrictions on individual poems.
  • For nonfiction submissions, please submit one nonfiction piece between 2,000 and 6,000 words, double-spaced. Please use Times or Times Roman, 12 point type with one inch margins. Word or pdf files only, please. Nonfiction submitters have the option of receiving comments from the Nonfiction Editor by selecting one of our feedback options.
  • For flash fiction or flash nonfiction, please submit 1 or 2 pieces in a single document. Maximum 2,000 words total. Flash fiction and flash nonfiction submitters have the option of receiving feedback from the editors.
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs, regardless of how widely circulated the publication may have been.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • If your work is accepted elsewhere while it is still under consideration at TLR, let us know where, and we will open your submission so you can upload a different file without having to pay the submission fee.
  • If you need to withdraw a single poem from consideration, please notify us via our Contact form (do not use the Submittable “withdraw” feature unless you wish to withdraw all of your poems).
  • Please wait to hear back from us before submitting again.
  • If your work has appeared in TLR, please wait at least one submission period before submitting to us again.
  • At this time, we do not publish screenplays, translations, or reviews. Check back for changes to this policy.
  • Cover letters are welcome, and we enjoy reading them. Please include a brief bio in your cover letter.



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What Kelly is looking for in Poetry
  • In each submission, I am looking for a single, exquisitely written poem that surprises, challenges, and moves the reader. In your submission of 3 to 6 poems, please send a range of work rather than linked poems or poems that require extensive context to be best appreciated.
  • I am interested primarily in poems in the lyrical, formal, and narrative modes. I am less likely to be enthusiastic about experimental styles (though poets should feel free to take the preceding statement as a challenge to change my mind with finely crafted experimental work). Prose poems are welcomed with the caveat that I look primarily for lyrical qualities in prose poetry.
  • Writers should feel free to submit work that ranges from the serious to the humorous, from the political to the personal, from the pop cultural to the historical, from the public to the private. While travel, nature, found, and ekphrastic poetry are less likely to appeal to my editorial tastes, excellent craft is my primary consideration.
  • I encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit work; I am committed to selecting poems from a range of writers who represent a diversity of gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and physical ability or disability.
  • For poetry submissions, please submit 3 to 6 poems in a single document. There are no length restrictions on individual poems.
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.




Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $5.00
$5.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What Joe is looking for in Fiction
  • I am always interested in well-written work, but I prefer you engage my intellect as well as my heart. I love literary works of extraordinary depth. Show me characters driven by lifetimes of experience and complex motivations.
  • Precision in language is extremely important. Many stories fail not because the idea or the characters are weak, but because the language is vague, or explanatory.
  • I will also consider science fiction, magical realism, and other so-called genre works, but only if they are highly intellectual in nature (think Borges and Calvino). That means they must be much more than space ships, scary monsters (Cthulhu included), ripped bodices or other tropes. Note: If you are unsure of what magical realism is, see this explanation.
  • Experimental writing is also welcome. If you are unsure of what experimental writing is, check out these examples in DoubleRoom by Jennifer K. Dick and Robert Lopez.
  • Word limit for fiction is 2,000 to 10,000 words.
  • Like Kelly, I believe in representing writing from diverse backgrounds, physical aspects and geographies.
  • Finally, I try to respond to all submissions in approximately one month after they’re received. So if you don’t hear from me by then, it probably means your submission has been moved to a higher round of consideration.





Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $7.00
$7.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What the Feedback Option entails:
By selecting the Feedback Option your submission will receive a brief and honest assessment from the editor’s perspective. This is not intended to be a full critique of the work, nor is it the kind of feedback you might receive from a writers’ group or writing class environment. It is the editor’s feedback, which means Joe will read up to the point when he reaches an editorial decision about the submission—whether to accept, reject, or hold for further consideration. But it will always be at least 3 pages.

His comments may be one to several paragraphs long. He will always try to be constructive, and never intentionally derogatory, however, if he feels a piece is seriously lacking in literary merit he will say so. The point of the Feedback Option is to give writers insight as to how editorial decisions are made.

By selecting this option, you agree to accept Joe’s comments as the editorial opinion of one person, and nothing more. His comments may or may not agree with feedback you have received from other editors, writers, or family members. You agree also to not to respond to the comments, ask for further comment, or attempt to engage Joe in a conversation regarding your submission. You may curse Joe out for rejecting your story, but you agree to do so privately, without communicating those sentiments to him.

Please note that a positive comment is not a request for a revised submission. If that is desired, Joe will specifically ask for it. In those cases you will be instructed where to send the revision to avoid paying the submission fee again.
What Joe is looking for in Fiction
  • I am always interested in well-written work, but I prefer you engage my intellect as well as my heart. I love literary works of extraordinary depth. Show me characters driven by lifetimes of experience and complex motivations.
  • Precision in language is extremely important. Many stories fail not because the idea or the characters are weak, but because the language is vague, or explanatory.
  • I will also consider science fiction, magical realism, and other so-called genre works, but only if they are highly intellectual in nature (think Borges and Calvino). That means they must be much more than space ships, scary monsters (Cthulhu included), ripped bodices or other tropes. Note: If you are unsure of what magical realism is, see this explanation.
  • Experimental writing is also welcome. If you are unsure of what experimental writing is, check out these examples in DoubleRoom by Jennifer K. Dick and Robert Lopez.
  • Word limit for fiction is 2,000 to 10,000 words.
  • Like Kelly, I believe in representing writing from diverse backgrounds, physical aspects and geographies.
  • Finally, I try to respond to all submissions in approximately one month after they’re received. So if you don’t hear from me by then, it probably means your submission has been moved to a higher round of consideration.






Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $4.00
$4.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.
  • What Joe and Kelly are looking for in Flash
    • We are looking for pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short story. Use of language is as important to us as sense of story. Send us stories that surprise, challenge, and move the reader.
    • You may send 1 or 2 pieces of flash fiction, with a total word count of not more than 2,000, in your submission. We prefer each piece to be between 500 and 1,000 words.
    • Please do not send prose poems for this category. Prose poetry should  be submitted as poetry.
    • As with our other categories, we encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit work; we are committed to selecting work from a range of writers who represent a diversity of gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and physical ability or disability.
    • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.





Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $6.00
$6.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What the Feedback Option entails:
By selecting the Feedback Option your submission will receive a brief and honest assessment from the editor’s perspective. This is not intended to be a full critique of the work, nor is it the kind of feedback you might receive from a writers’ group or writing class environment. It is editor’s feedback, which means Joe will read up to the point when he reaches an editorial decision about the submission—whether to accept, reject, or hold for further consideration. But it will always be at least 3 pages.

His comments may be one to several paragraphs long. He will always try to be constructive, and never intentionally derogatory, however, if he feels a piece is seriously lacking in literary merit he will say so. The point of the Feedback Option is to give writers insight as to how editorial decisions are made.

By selecting this option, you agree to accept Joe’s comments as the editorial opinion of one person, and nothing more. His comments may or may not agree with feedback you have received from other editors, writers, or family members. You agree also to not to respond to the comments, ask for further comment, or attempt to engage Joe in a conversation regarding your submission. You may curse Joe out for rejecting your story, but you agree to do so privately, without communicating those sentiments to him.

Please note that a positive comment is not a request for a revised submission. If that is desired, Joe will specifically ask for it. In those cases you will be instructed where to send the revision to avoid paying the submission fee again.
  • What Joe and Kelly are looking for in Flash
    • We are looking for pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short story. Use of language is as important to us as sense of story. Send us stories that surprise, challenge, and move the reader.
    • You may send 1 or 2 pieces of flash fiction, with a total word count of not more than 2,000, in your submission. We prefer each piece to be between 500 and 1,000 words.
    • Please do not send prose poems for this category. Prose poetry should  be submitted as poetry.
    • As with our other categories, we encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit work; we are committed to selecting work from a range of writers who represent a diversity of gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and physical ability or disability.
    • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.



Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $5.00
$5.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What Yi Shun is looking for in Nonfiction:

Be brave. Send me the stuff that you never thought would get published anywhere. Send me the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group. I'm always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too: I'll read lyrical essays; experimental essays; narrative nonfiction.

Be professional. Polish your work; make sure it's clean, and somewhere below the 6,000-word mark. (It's okay to swear in your work, though. That's not the kind of "clean" I mean.) I won't read anything that's remotely misogynistic, racist, 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. I believe in brevity, and know it is possible to get to the point in less than 200 words, so if you have flash nonfiction, I'm happy to read that, too. (See the separate guidelines for flash nonfiction.)

I'm not looking for the following: Book reviews, academic work, or cultural criticism.



Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $7.00
$7.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What the Feedback Option entails:
By selecting the Feedback Option your submission will receive a brief and honest assessment from the editor’s perspective. This is not intended to be a full critique of the work, nor is it the kind of feedback you might receive from a writers’ group or writing class environment. It is editor’s feedback, which means YiShun will read up to the point when she reaches an editorial decision about the submission—whether to accept, reject, or hold for further consideration. But it will always be at least 3 pages.

Her comments may be one to several paragraphs long. She will always try to be constructive, and never intentionally derogatory, however, if she feels a piece is seriously lacking in literary merit she will say so. The point of the Feedback Option is to give writers insight as to how editorial decisions are made.

By selecting this option, you agree to accept YiShun’s comments as the editorial opinion of one person, and nothing more. Her comments may or may not agree with feedback you have received from other editors, writers, or family members. You agree also to not to respond to the comments, ask for further comment, or attempt to engage YiShun in a conversation regarding your submission.

Please note that a positive comment is not a request for a revised submission. If that is desired, YiShun will specifically ask for it. In those cases you will be instructed where to send the revision to avoid paying the submission fee again.


What Yi Shun is looking for in Nonfiction:

Be brave. Send me the stuff that you never thought would get published anywhere. Send me the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group. I'm always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too: I'll read lyrical essays; experimental essays; narrative nonfiction.

Be professional. Polish your work; make sure it's clean, and somewhere below the 6,000-word mark. (It's okay to swear in your work, though. That's not the kind of "clean" I mean.) I won't read anything that's remotely misogynistic, racist, 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. I believe in brevity, and know it is possible to get to the point in less than 200 words, so if you have flash nonfiction, I'm happy to read that, too. (See the separate guidelines for flash nonfiction.)

I'm not looking for the following: Book reviews, academic work, or cultural criticism.




Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $4.00
$4.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What Yi Shun is looking for in Flash:
  • Be brave. Send me the stuff that you never thought would get published anywhere. Send me the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group. I'm always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too.
  • You may send 1 or 2 pieces of flash nonfiction, with a total word count of 2,000, in your submission. We prefer each piece to be between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Please do not send prose poems for this category. Those should be submitted as poetry.
  • As with our other categories, we encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit work; we are committed to selecting poems from a range of writers who represent a diversity of gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and physical ability or disability.
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.



Ends in 8 hours, 22 minutes $6.00
$6.00
When your submission is complete you will receive an email with a link to download a free digital copy of our current issue, or purchase the print version for half price.

What the Feedback Option entails:
By selecting the Feedback Option your submission will receive a brief and honest assessment from the editor’s perspective. This is not intended to be a full critique of the work, nor is it the kind of feedback you might receive from a writers’ group or writing class environment. It is editor’s feedback, which means YiShun will read up to the point when she reaches an editorial decision about the submission—whether to accept, reject, or hold for further consideration. But it will always be at least 3 pages.

Her comments may be one to several paragraphs long. She will always try to be constructive, and never intentionally derogatory, however, if she feels a piece is seriously lacking in literary merit she will say so. The point of the Feedback Option is to give writers insight as to how editorial decisions are made.

By selecting this option, you agree to accept YiShun’s comments as the editorial opinion of one person, and nothing more. Her comments may or may not agree with feedback you have received from other editors, writers, or family members. You agree also to not to respond to the comments, ask for further comment, or attempt to engage YiShun in a conversation regarding your submission.

Please note that a positive comment is not a request for a revised submission. If that is desired, YiShun will specifically ask for it. In those cases you will be instructed where to send the revision to avoid paying the submission fee again.
What Yi Shun is looking for in Flash:
  • Be brave. Send me the stuff that you never thought would get published anywhere. Send me the thing you have to take a deep breath over before submitting or running by your critique group. I'm always interested in hearing different viewpoints from different sectors of society, and work in different forms, too.
  • You may send 1 or 2 pieces of flash nonfiction, with a total word count of 2,000, in your submission. We prefer each piece to be between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Please do not send prose poems for this category. Those should be submitted as poetry.
  • As with our other categories, we encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit work; we are committed to selecting poems from a range of writers who represent a diversity of gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and physical ability or disability.
  • We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.