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About

Tough is a crime fiction journal publishing short stories and self-contained novel excerpts and occasional book reviews. 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.

Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2017

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 36 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeSubgenre: Crime.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerSubgenre: Crime.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Place/Regions (Rural areas), Religion/Spirituality (Occultism).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short Story1,500 - 7,500 words.
Novel Excerpt Novel Excerpt1,500 - 7,500 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Mainstream.
Topics:
Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Review ReviewUp to 1,500 words.
Essay EssayUp to 1,500 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 07 Oct 2021
Last Checked: 19 Oct 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 07 Oct 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 05 Nov 2017

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