In The Shallow Tales Review, we accept fiction, opinion articles, commentaries, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural essays, art photographs, and random thoughts that touch on the sensibilities of the African.
Literary criticisms must concern texts that are of modern and African temperament. For essays, we expect themes to be tackled logically and as clearly as possible. Feel free to break genre restrictions as you wish. We appreciate fluidity as much as we value ingenuity.
We DO NOT publish horror, sci-fi, travellogues or any sociological piece without the slightest literary tilt. We could, however, break our rules for exceptionally great pieces that reflect the African/human condition.
For now, we do not pay contributors, but we hope to do so in the nearest future.
Entries should be sent in by mail to the editor at: email@example.com with “TSTR Submissions” in the subject line.
Non artwork entries should be between 1,500 – 4,000 words and should come in .doc or .docx format. Poetry submissions should not be more than forty (40) lines, per poem. We accept a maximum of three poetry entries at a time.
Only previously unpublished works would be reviewed and considered. Reprints are NOT allowed. Do inform us if your piece has been considered or is being considered for publication elsewhere. All intellectual rights revert to the authors.
Files should be saved with the title of the work, and in the case of a body of poems, with the first poem in the file.
We would respond as soon as we review for publication.
We only accept one body of work in a genre at a time. Feel free to send in another entry to us if your work was rejected within the submission window.
Entries must be sent single-spaced in 12 point, Times New Roman font. In the body of the mail, include a short cover letter describing the genre of the work, word count (for prose), number of poems included (for poetry), short author bio, and any other relevant information relating to the piece.
Note that selected pieces rarely get published the way they come, so please be ready to work through the revisions recommended by the assigned editors towards publication. They are purely developmental, free, and your piece would be better for it.
The Shallow Tales Review literary magazine publishes six times a year in January, March, May, July, September, and November. We begin to receive entries from the 1st of every publishing month. Deadline for submissions is on the 20th of each publishing month.