(updated 11/22/19)

Tough is a crime fiction journal publishing short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of between 1500 words and 7500 words, and occasional book reviews and essays of 1500 words or fewer. We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings. We are a crime journal. We ask for first world and electronic rights. We do not consider reprints.

Tough publishes three times per month on Mondays, for which we pay a flat rate per story, book review or essay (as of contract date June 15th, 2019, that rate is $35) --we don't take poems--in exchange for first world serial rights to publish the submission on the website and one-time anthology rights. Payment comes via check mailed on acceptance or via Paypal by special arrangement. Query for details or to pitch reviews and essays. Fiction need not be queried.

As of 8/26/18 submissions should be formatted in .rtf and sent using our submission manager.



MOBI or PDF book review copies--our preferred methods--can be sent to the same address.