Submissions are open. We are reading now through February 28.
Read on for submission guidelines and other exciting stuff. For an idea of what we accept in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, you can order a copy of our magazine or find samples of accepted work on our Excerpts page and our Soundcloud channel.
Submission fees: Standard submission fees for poetry and flash prose are $4; for longer prose the fee is $5. With each submission we provide a download of our latest issue.
We offer free submissions to authors and poets from historically marginalized groups. We have a limited number of these submissions available each month, so plan to submit early (see the category list below). By using one of these submissions when you could submit otherwise, you may prevent another writer from submitting.
Our Transparency in Publishing page shows how submission and subscription fees help us pay our contributors and support team.
Expedited responses: For a faster response, choose our Expedited option. For an extra $3, we will respond within two weeks of submission (versus our standard response of twelve weeks). Expedited submissions do not guarantee acceptance.
Fiction critiques: For an additional fee we offer detailed critiques for fiction submissions. Details are in the Critique category below.
Payment: $55 for flash prose and short poems; $135 for longer prose and poems. TLR defines the term "longer" as 1,500 to 6,000 words for prose, and any poem that is seven pages or longer.
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.
Submission expectations: Our response time is up to three months. Previous contributors to Tahoma Literary Review should wait one full reading period before submitting again.
- One submission per writer per reading period. We try saying this in all sorts of ways, but we are asking for one manuscript per writer per submission period.
- Word or PDF files only. If we accept a file in PDF, we will need a Word (or compatible) version.
- Prose submissions should be in standard manuscript format. (Double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12-point type, one-inch margins, author name and contact information on the title page)
- Poetry submissions may include up to six poems in one manuscript.
- All submissions should be made via Submittable. If this limitation presents an accessibility issue, please contact the editors for alternatives.
- We do not accept previously published material. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, and personal blogs.
- We are not currently reading plays, screenplays, translations, reviews, works that include images, novel excerpts, or children’s/young adult literature.
- Please do not resubmit revised work unless we have requested it specifically.
- Simultaneous submissions to other magazines are welcome, but let us know when a piece is accepted elsewhere. Use Submittable’s Withdraw feature to fully withdraw a submission; poets can use Submittable's Message feature to withdraw individual poems.
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.
- Word limit for fiction is 1,500 to 6,000 words.
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 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.
We welcome all self-identifying, historically marginalized authors and poets to submit here, without cost. There are a limited number of free submissions each month, so be sure to submit early.
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.
- Tahoma Literary Review welcomes poetry 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, in one file; no more than one poem longer than 7 pages. If a poem is ten pages or longer, please submit as a single poem.
In flash, we are looking for pieces that combine the lyricism of poetry with the impact of short prose to surprise, challenge, and move the reader.
You may submit 1 or 2 pieces of flash prose in one file, with a total word count of 1,500.
Please submit prose poems as Poetry.
Full Critiques (Fiction only): 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 editorial next steps. We vet our readers carefully, and have recruited those who are gifted at and enthusiastic about the critique process. Comparable critiques from independent editors can cost over $100.
For a critique of your flash fiction, please see our full critique category
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 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 6,000 words, the price for a full critique is $70.
Here’s what 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
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 standard submission fee.
To receive a full critique, please select the appropriate category from the dropdown menu.