General Guidelines

TCR welcomes submissions via Submittable.

Since we acquire first North American rights, submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. We appreciate a short cover letter with a concise bio that could be used should we publish the work. Please inform us of a simultaneous submission and withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not mail or email submissions. To be fair to all submitters, these will be returned unread. Need to withdraw a poem or part of a poetry submission? Please open your submission within Submittable and “Add” a note indicating the poem or poems you’d like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems. Need to withdraw another genre? Please do so via Submittable. Questions? Email us at

Familiarity with our journal is the best way to know whether or not work is right for us. E-Issues in PDF are available for $4 in our store. Please consider reading an issue before submitting.

Submissions receive at least two votes each, and accepted work undergoes a collaborative editorial process. Our response time varies from one to four months, longer only in special circumstances.

Submit only your very best work with our assurance it will be given every consideration.


TCR publishes original literary fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, compelling conflict, and complex, unique characters. Submit one story of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each).


TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. Submit up to five poems.


TCR publishes distinctive topical essays and personal creative nonfiction of any kind; this includes pieces that might fit into the memoir, travel, and historical nonfiction categories. We are not an academic journal and publish for a general readership. Above all, we are interested in publishing nonfiction that surprises and intrigues us. Submit one essay of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three shorter essays (500-1,000 words each).


TCR publishes interviews with writers of all kinds: literary, academic, journalistic, and popular. Interviews have featured Kwame Dawes, Tony Grooms, Wells Tower, Larry Brown, Claude Wilkinson, Ferreira Gullar, and Kunal Basu. Please query us at with a proposal for a particular interview.

Reviews and Review Essays

TCR publishes reviews of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books, especially those from writers with an innovative approach to subject matter. Several related works may be reviewed at more length in a review essay that engages critical issues not appropriate to a single review. We are always in search of new reviewers and pay $150 per review or review essay. Please query us at about the possibility of a particular review or review essay, specifying your credentials for the review.


TCR welcomes English translations of all genres from other languages, in which case brief biographies of the authors and translators should be included. Translators must have permission from the authors before submitting.┬áPlease “Add” a note within Submittable including the addresses to which you’d like the contributor copies sent.

Visual Art

TCR accepts visual art submissions, photography included, by invitation only.


All contributors receive two copies.