The Tusculum Review Submission Guidelines

We seek well-crafted writing that takes risks. We publish work in and between all genres: poetry, fiction, essays, and plays–we appreciate work in experimental and traditional modes. We accept prose submissions of less than 6,000 words (24 double-spaced pages) and poetry submissions under 10 pages. We publish scripts in the 10-minute format (10 pages). We only accept work that has not been previously published elsewhere, electronically or in print. We showcase illustrators in every issue: inquire about our art needs at

We read year-round. We go to print annually in the fall. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please alert us via Submittable in the event of acceptance elsewhere. We would love to pay you with money, but our budget only allows for payment in copies (2).

Please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and title(s) of your submissions in your cover letter. A short bio is optional.

All rights to material in The Tusculum Review revert to the individual authors and artists after publication. The ideas and opinions expressed in The Tusculum Review are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or ideas of Tusculum University, its administration, faculty, or staff. Tusculum University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, sexual orientation, identity, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

We submit to The Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and The Best American series. Irene O’Garden’s “Glad to be Human: A Joie de Coeur,” published in Volume 6 of The Tusculum Review, won a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

Find us on Submittable: We do not accept mailed or e-mailed submissions.