Tough is a crime fiction journal publishing short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of at least 1000 words, and occasional book reviews of 1000 words or fewer. We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings and stories that intersect with the weird or occult. Our book reviews will reflect these interests.

Tough publishes four times per month on Mondays, for which we pay a flat rate of $25 per story or book review--we don't take reprints, poems, or essays--in exchange for first electronic rights. Payment comes via check mailed on publication or via Paypal by special arrangement. Query for details or to pitch reviews.

Tough debuts in July 2017.

Queries and submissions should be formatted in .doc, .odt or .rtf and sent to PDF book review copies--our preferred method--can be sent to the same address. Otherwise, review copies can be sent to:  Tough, 119 Bradstreet Avenue, Revere, MA 02151