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 up to 75 requests per reading period)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange for a suitable alternative.
Meet Your Critiquers
Bernard Grant's stories and essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, among others, and they have received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati where they are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing.
Michal Lemberger is the author of After Abel and Other Stories, National Jewish Book Award finalist, Honorable Mention for the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal. Her fiction has appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, LitroNY, and Lilith Magazine. Nonfiction, journalism, and poetry have appeared widely, in publications such as The Smart Set, The Doctor T.J. Eckelburg Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, and The Rattling Wall. She lives in Los Angeles.
Stefen Styrsky's stories have appeared in The Offing, Amazon's Day One, Orca Magazine, Switchblade, Tough, and Best Gay Stories 2017. He earned his MA in Fiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, DC.