TCR welcomes online submissions via Submittable. We no longer accept paper submissions. General submissions will close during the month of January, but Lamar York Prize submissions will be open during that time. Otherwise, we read year-round.

Call for Submissions: Off the Record. Disappearing remarks. Invisible people. Music that isnít there. Intuition. Gut. Unclaimed, unofficial, uncategorized. A record respects the broadest possible audience. Off the record, your audience awaits. What you donít want to write. We want to read. Note the call in a cover letter. Deadline September 15 or until the issue fills.

Since we acquire first North American rights, submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America.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 email us immediately if the work 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 withdraw the entire submission via Submittable. Need to withdraw another genre? Please do so via Submittable.

Familiarity with our journal is the best way to know whether or not work is right for us; double issues are available for download in TCR's TouchNet Store for $4. Please consider reading an issue before submitting. Our response time averages three 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. Please read a sample copy. Submit one story or 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.


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 or 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.


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. 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.


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


All contributors receive two copies.


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