The Shanghai Literary Review accepts submissions for our print issues on a rolling basis. 

The deadline for consideration for our winter 2017 print issue is September 3, 2017. 

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/or in print and be automatically entered into our annual end-of-year contest where cash prizes will be awarded in each genre.

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.

*Special Edition: Concrete The Shanghai Literary Review is looking for personal essays and narrative nonfiction of 2,000-8,000words that capture different facets of various Chinese cities (people, buildings, histories, stories). We are also seeking photography that reflects life in China’s cities. The special TSLR edition, to be published early 2018, will feature essays on various cities with accompanying photography. Submissions are due August 31, 2017.

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 10 pieces of visual work. If you are going to submit multiple works, please compile them all into a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .zip file.