The Shanghai Literary Review will be accepting submissions with no fee from September 18-October 9, 2023. Outside of this window, all submissions will incur a reading fee. 

We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We'll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. Selected works will be published online and in print.

Please note that we do not accept genre writing: romance, science fiction, crime, fantasy, etc. We do accept literary works that can bend genres to a degree. But TSLR is a home for literary writing.

Visual artists who want to submit more than one piece - please upload either a zip file of your pieces, or upload them into one submission. Do not submit multiple times for different pieces, thank you.

Due to an overwhelming number of submissions, we regret that we cannot reply to all submissions.

Fiction - less than 5,000 words

Flash Fiction - less than 500 words

Non-Fiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words
Flash Non-Fiction - less than 500 words

Book Review - preliminary proposals only, of no more than 1 page
Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person

Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from Asia, or vice versa, along with the original text

Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.

NOTE: You are allowed to submit up to 20 pieces of visual work.

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