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Send all work to:
The Tusculum Review
60 Shiloh Road
P.O. Box 5113
Greeneville, TN 37745.

Writers currently living outside the US may submit via email. Send work as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .rtf) to Please include your last name, the genre of your submission (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama), and the label “International Submission” in the subject line of your email.

For queries, write

Reading Periods
We read year-round, though our response time is much slower during the summer months. We go to print annually in the fall.

What We Want
We want writing that takes risks while still paying attention to craft. We are happy to see prose poems, stories that burst into poems, poems that burst into stories, etc. (Of course, boring, self-involved, over-inflated pap turns us off.) We publish poems, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. For prose, please limit your submission to 25 pages. For poetry, 10 pages. We’re looking for scripts in the 10 minute format (10 pages). We only  accept work that has not been previously published elsewhere, electronically or in print. Because of limited staff and funds, we can only accept solicited art. Please do not waste your money sending us slides. You can, however, e-mail us at to inquire about our art needs.

Cover Letter
Please include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title(s) of your submission(s). Feel free, but not obligated, to include a short bio.

Simultaneous Submissions
We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us promptly if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere.

Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope for our reply. We ask that you give us up to three months to consider your manuscript. If we have your piece for more than three months, feel free to e-mail us at

Return of Manuscripts
We do NOT return manuscripts. All unused manuscripts will be recycled.

We would love to pay you with money, but our budget doesn’t allow for it. Like most other small literary magazines, we pay in copies (2).

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 College, its administration, faculty, or staff. Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Tusculum College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, sexual orientation, identity, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.