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 of 1500 words or fewer. We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings and stories that intersect with the weird or occult. To clarify: think H.P. Lovecraft modernized, without the racist baggage. Think Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Think Hellblazer. We are not interested in science fiction or fantasy, except for stories in which those elements accentuate or play a major role in a crime. We are a crime journal. Our book reviews will reflect these interests. We ask for first world and electronic rights. We do not consider reprints.
Tough publishes four or five 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 world serial rights to publish the submission on the website
and as of 2018, in a periodically produced print issue, the first of which is due in July 2018. Payment comes via check mailed on publication or via Paypal by
special arrangement. Query for details or to pitch reviews.
As of 8/1/18 submissions should be formatted in .rtf and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This format ensures the editor can use his preferred word processor for editing and comments.
MOBI or PDF book review copies--our preferred methods--can be sent to the same address. Otherwise, review copies can be sent to: Tough, 119 Bradstreet Avenue, Revere, MA 02151.