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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 ›


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 ›


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 ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

Letters from Dinosaurs Stories by Leland Cheuk ISBN: 978-1945796104 Thought Catalog Books September, 2016 Some of the stories in Leland Cheuk’s new collection rank among the best I’ve read this year. The book opens with “A Letter From Your Dinosaur,” which ran in our premier issue in 2014, and reminded me of just how much… Read More ›


When to Turn Nonfiction into Fiction

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 ›


Poetry, Nonfiction Submissions Open; Submitters Get a Free Digital Issue

Another quick note to let writers know that submissions of Poetry and Nonfiction (including the Nonfiction Feedback Option) have opened for our ninth issue. To thank our submitters for their support of TLR, every submitter will be able to download a free digital copy of our latest issue, once the upload process is complete. Fiction… Read More ›


Fiction Submissions Now Open; Poetry, Nonfiction Next Week

Just a note to let writers know that submissions of Fiction and Flash Fiction have opened for our ninth issue. This includes the Feedback Option and the Full Critique Option. To thank our submitters for their support of TLR, every submitter will be able to download a free digital copy of our latest issue, once… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

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 ›


Last Two Days to Submit for Tahoma Literary Review’s 8th Issue

The submission period for TLR’s eighth issue closes Wednesday at midnight, so if you’re still considering sending in your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, you’ve got two more days to decide. We’ve already closed the Fiction Full Critique category, as the response there was far greater than anticipated. In fact submissions are up across the board,… Read More ›