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The Silenced Story

February 21, 2017

In a response to a blog on my personal site a while ago about the writing voice, a commenter who goes by the avatar Joplingirl noted that, “Finding a voice is inherently about bringing to the page a silenced story.” I love that idea, and the thought has occurred to me occasionally since, no doubt… Read More ›


To Resubmit, or Not to Resubmit

Editors’ Note: We’ll have complete info on our AWP booth, reception, and other activities in our February 7 blog, so check back next week. As part of our Feedback Options for submissions, Nonfiction Editor Yi Shun Lai and I send a lot of revision advice to writers, along with declines. Recently a couple of submitters… Read More ›


Now or Later: Does it Make Any Difference When You Submit?

Recently a submitter to the fiction category mentioned this in her cover letter: I’m curious as to whether submission at the beginning or end of a submission period matters. It’s something I think about throughout each submission period, since it’s our goal to be fair to writers no matter when they submit. But as the… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

Just a note before the book reviews to let you know that submissions for TLR issue 10 are now open. Send us your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction now through April 30 to be considered for our summer issue. Fiction and nonfiction also offer feedback options. Check out the submission guidelines page for more info. Wild… Read More ›


Last Week to Submit for Issue 9

As 2016 comes to a close the TLR staff is looking back on a year of growth and accomplishment, thanks mostly to the creativity and generosity of our contributors and submitters. We’re also closing out the submission period for our ninth issue. It ends on December 31 at midnight, so this week is the last opportunity… Read More ›


Kill Your Darlings, Not Your Characters

Story themes seem to come in waves, like currents in time. Lately it’s been of the sort I callously call “After the Funeral,[1]” in which someone, usually a loved one, has just died and the people left behind get to remember and self-analyze. ATF has become ever more frequent in our submission queue, even more… Read More ›


Images and Imaginations of Guinevere

By Dina Greenberg Over the course of two short weeks, I wrote “Guinevere Tries a New Kind of In-vitro” in response to a series of paintings by Elisabeth Chant (1865-1947). Chant’s artwork—in particular, the ghostly watercolor triptych shown here—struck me as a remarkably feminist treatment of Arthurian legend. My flash fiction response became part of an… Read More ›


TLR Issue 8 is Live!

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 ›


A Writer’s Role in the Coming Administration

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 ›


Does Memory Really Work That Way?

It’s a common technique among short story writers: develop background and depth by triggering a character’s memories. We’ve all seen it—an unusual or profound sensory moment brings on a flood of recollection, often from childhood; scenes from events, vivid colors and emotions that help the reader understand the forces that shaped the character. Here’s an… Read More ›