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 for a modern audience, without the racist baggage. Think Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. 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.

Submit stories between 1500 and 7500 words in length.

Query the editor at before submitting reviews.