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 consider reprints on a case-by-case basis with the following caveats: first, the story must not appear anywhere else online; second, we pay a flat fee of $20 for 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 email@example.com for details or to pitch reviews, essays and reprints. Fiction need not be queried.
As of 8/26/18 submissions should be formatted in .rtf and sent using our submission manager. WE NO LONGER READ MS IN OTHER FORMATS. This means we are, damn it, rejecting .doc, and .docx, .txt, and especially, with vigor and specificity and near-rancor, .pdf. Without reading them. For nearly two years I've put up with it. No more. This is not my editorial whim. I use some off-brand officesuite and occasionally LibreOffice on a Linux laptop and and Android tablet with a cheap Bluetooth keyboard, which don't translate punctuation back and forth well. Especially quotation marks. I'm not rich, and I don't have a laptop with all the latest bells and whistles nor any desire to have such a thing. Though I would love a tablet with more memory, someday But not right now. So please send in .rtf.
MOBI or PDF book review copies--our preferred methods--can be sent to the same address.