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TLR Issue 8 is Live!

December 1, 2016 • Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, TLR News

Our final issue of 2016 is now live.We’re particularly proud of this one: in this season of awards nearly half of the pieces we’ve tabbed for nomination to prestigious places like the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and others, come from the pages of TLR8. And we have another great cover, this one thanks to… Read More ›

TLR News »

TLR Issue 8 is Live!

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Our final issue of 2016 is now live.We’re particularly proud of this one: in this season of awards nearly half of the pieces we’ve tabbed for nomination to prestigious places like the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and others, come from the pages of TLR8. And we have another great cover, this one thanks to… Read More ›

Poetry »

On Mothers and Daughters

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By Tasha Cotter Lately, I’ve been immersed in two dazzling books: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. Both books deal with ideas of motherhood in ways that are touching, sometimes sentimental, but always deeply honest. So often we read mother-daughter experiences that seem at… Read More ›

Fiction »

A Writer’s Role in the Coming Administration

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I had wondered, throughout the 2016 campaign, of what a Donald Trump presidency might mean for writers and artists. Would funding be cut? Would laws be passed to suppress opinion? Would certain works be censored or banned? This is not to say that a Trump presidency guarantees reduced support of the arts, or that intellectual… Read More ›

Nonfiction »

When to Turn Nonfiction into Fiction

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There is a fine line between fiction and nonfiction. In fact, some of us, yours truly included, believe that all fiction is rooted in some nonfiction, whether that truth be a certain emotion that triggers a storyline, or real-life events that the writer wants to spin into a fictional work. It can be tempting to… Read More ›

Book Reviews »

TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

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4,500 Miles: Taking Jack Back on the Road A Gonzo Prose Book by Ciara Shuttleworth ISBN: 978-0991203796 (Hardcover) Humanitas Media Publishing September, 2016 Jack Kerouac is almost as much an idea as he was a writer. No one prior so perfectly embodied the concept of the writer-wanderer, and his book On the Road has since… Read More ›

Craft of Writing »

The Importance of Time in Writing… or Some Tips to Avoid Premature Submission

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It took me a long time to understand just how much time goes into crafting an effective piece of fiction. That’s a bit ironic, I suppose, since I already knew that a good story takes a long time to write. I’m not necessarily talking about time spent at the keyboard, but time for the work… Read More ›