A Northwest Based Literary Journal

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Newfoundland Home is an Inspiration, by Nathan Elliott

February 9, 2016 • Nonfiction

Like a lot of my writing, I only figured out what “Shiva Builds a House” was about a long time after it was written. Perhaps it’s because I’m still new to creative work: I published my first creative piece last summer; when it came up among friends and family, I would say that it was… Read More ›

TLR News »

Welcome Michael Schmeltzer, Assistant Poetry Editor for Issue 7


Sometimes, editing poetry can be a lonely job. It’s one person, a pile of poems, a cup (or twelve) of coffee, and, yes, a great deal of indecision. How to make tough choices among excellent poems? How best to support both emerging and established writers and build literary community through the journal’s work? For this editor,… Read More ›

Guidelines »

Flash v Short Story: Length is Not the Only Difference

Most fiction writers understand that the major difference between a short story and flash fiction is the length of the piece. Some publishers make the distinction at 500 words, others at 1,000 or 1,500. TLR has designated flash as under 2,000 words. But length is not the only difference. For me, when I read submissions… Read More ›

Poetry »

TLR Announces Its Nominations for Pushcarts


It’s a bit of a thrill we have throughout the year to read submissions and bring writers both new and established to publication in TLR. This time of year, though, that thrill is amplified, as we get to nominate our favorites for the annual Pushcart Prize awards. The Pushcarts are one of the most prestigious… Read More ›

Fiction »

Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”: the Perfect Imperfect Short Story


In my comments to fiction submitters who choose our Feedback Option, I sometimes point out craft techniques that are considered weak. Yet there’s a story I love that seems to do so much of craft wrong, and has still become a classic.   Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain” has long been one of my… Read More ›


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