About Our Feedback and Critique Options

Feedback is available for an additional $3 fee per submission. 

"Feedback," for the purposes of TLR submissions, comprises the editor’s subjective opinion on what may or may not be working in a submission. The feedback may be two lines, it may be two paragraphs, but it will always be actionable. Feedback is available for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. (Poetry Feedback is available for the first ten days of each month of the reading period, until we reach 70 requests for feedback.) 

In fiction we also offer full-critique options from a number of highly qualified readers. 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. Please read, in full, the following details:

You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses and potential editorial next steps. 

If your story is:

  • 1 –1,499 words, the price for a full critique is $50.
  • 1,500 – 4,999 words, the price for a full critique is $60.
  • 5,000 – 7,499 words, the price for a full critique is $70.
  • 7,500 – 10,000 words, the price for a full critique is $85.

For all critique levels, should your story be accepted, you will be refunded up to the "submission with feedback" level of fees. 

No repeat submissions, please. 

Here’s what recent 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

Our reviewers are selected from a pool of writers who have demonstrated a keen desire to serve in this capacity. We firmly believe that strong critiquing skills contribute to strong writing skills, and provide our reviewers with the tools and guidance we have gleaned over a combined 50 years of experience between TLR’s prose editors, Yi Shun Lai and Ann Beman.

Comparable critiques from independent editors can cost over $100.

As part of our commitment to a healthy literary community, we are strong believers in helping to make your work better, but we ask you to remember that editing is a highly subjective process. 

To participate in our feedback options, please select the appropriate categories when submitting. As always, if using Submittable poses an accessibility challenge, please email us at fiction@tahomaliteraryreview.com or nonfiction@tahomaliteraryreview.com to arrange for a suitable alternative. 

Meet Your Critiquers

Michal Lemberger’s debut collection, After Abel and Other Stories, was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Honorable Mention for the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and a National Jewish Book Club pick. Her poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in publications including Real Simple, Slate, The Rattling Wall, and The Bellevue Literary Review. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a PhD from UCLA. Originally from New York, Michal lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.

Stefen Styrsky's association with Tahoma Literary Review goes back to the magazine's very beginning. His story "Men in White" appeared in the inaugural issue and was later included in Best Gay Stories 2016. His fiction has appeared in The Offing, Amazon's Day One, and several other publications. He writes film essays for Vague Visages and contributes to various military history magazines. In 2015 he earned an MA in Fiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Find him at stefenstyrsky.com or follow him on Twitter @Stefen_Styrsky.