Dedicated to publishing fine fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary cartoons, photography and art, TSR opens its pages to writers from across the globe whose work is compelling. This site provides information on the publication and its staff, an archive of past issues, information on how to submit your work to TSR, as well as information on how to subscribe. TSR Online, our online companion, contains content not available in our printed editions.
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Lou Ann Walker, Editor-in-Chief, founded TSR in 2007. As we approach our 10th year in publication, we have many exciting projects in the works—but we remain dedicated to our mission of publishing new and emerging authors and artists alongside established names (Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Roxane Robinson, David Rakoff, Bharati Mukherjee, Elena Gorokhova, and Amy Hempel, just to name a few).
TSR is also a journal unique for its inclusion of full-color art and photography portfolios, as well as cartoons (by Roz Chast, Michael Maslin, Liza Donnelly, and Grant Snider, among others).
And we are one of the few literary journals that pays its contributors.
Authors and artists who’ve appeared in our pages have been been included or received notable mentions in The Best American Poetry, The Best American Fiction, The Pushcart Prizes; have won The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement; and have been finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and many more.
The variety of our content is what makes us stand out. It’s the strength of the writing and art that makes us shine.
1st Prize Winner is Scott Latta’s memoir, “Spring, Miss Nelson’s Class.”
Scott’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The Awl, CityLab, and online at Tin House. He is a graduate of Oregon State’s MFA program for nonfiction and lives in Portland.
2nd Prize Winner is Elizabeth Robertson Laytin’s memoir, “Black Sugar.”
Elizabeth is a freelance journalist who has written for The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, Shelter Island Reporter, and Brown Alumni Magazine. A graduate of Brown, her short stories have been published on ducts.org and deadmule.com, and in The East Hampton Star. She has read her work at the East Hampton Library and KGB Bar events in New York. Her YA novel Come Here, Go Away is available on Kindle, amazon.com, and at Guild Hall. She’s married and has a daughter, son, and two stepdaughters, and lives year round in East Hampton.
Both winners will be published in the upcoming Summer/Fall 2016 issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.
Congratulations to our eight finalists:
“Thief of Beauty” by Elissa Altman
“Wagon Train, Headed West” by Cathy Arden
“Imposter” by Jack Mayer
“Drowning Little Things” by Leia Menlove
“The Goddess Party” by Suzanne Roberts
“Running Dance” by Allie Rowbottom
“American Snake Pit” by Dan Tomasulo
“Elephant Head: An Essay on Mental Illness” by KD Williams
Finalists and winners were chosen by a blind selection process.
We’re excited to announce that author Jessica Soffer is our Guest Fiction Editor for the upcoming Summer/Fall 2016 issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.
What’s Jessica looking for in a short story? “Is it overly simplistic to say that I’m looking for the right stuff? Good old nothing-like-it, nothing better: strong narrative. Compelling voice, evocative language, strong sense of place and pacing, sure. But whatever it takes to bait and hook a reader with just the right amount of fuss and detail and vision in whatever ratio is necessary and fitting. Maybe that’s not simplistic at all.”
Of her writing, novelist Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), says, “A profound and necessary new voice. Soffer’s prose is as controlled as it is fresh, as incisive as it is musical. Soffer has arrived early, with an orchestra of talent at her disposal.”
Jessica Soffer is the author of the novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Redbook, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches fiction and food writing at Connecticut College and Stony Brook University’s MFA program and lives in Amagansett, New York.
You can learn more about Jessica at www.jessicasoffer.com, and follow her on Twitter (@jessicasoffer).