Guidelines for submission:
Tuck Magazine is not a paying market. We are an online globally focused and socially conscious journal for the discerning reader, where vital commentary and the arts merge. We do not profit monetarily in any way from the publication of this magazine. We exist solely to promote the integrity of free speech through the arts and the journalists, artists and writers who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of the truth.
Any genre is accepted as long as the work is interesting and well written. No erotica, gratuitously violent material, racism or sexism.
All political commentary and reportage must be sent here: [email protected]
Photography and Art: Five photos per submission, sent as an attachment only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Flash Fiction: 100-800 words and sent to [email protected]
Short Stories: 800-2400 words, Stories must be engaging and original, we are particularly interested in work that challenges the reader to see another perspective. We also have a sense of humour at Tuck, therefore satire is something we love to see. Our goal at Tuck is to entertain and enlighten with a good story written by emerging writers. Send your fiction to [email protected]
Poetry: Two poems per submissions with a limit of 30 lines per poem and sent to [email protected]
Book Reviews are done by Tuck staff. If you have a book you would like reviewed, send it to [email protected] Our reviews are not a marketing tool for authors or publishers, they are honest critiques of the work, therefore keep this in mind before you make a request.
Send all submissions either as a word attachment or in the body of the email. Please use black type face only in 12 pt times new roman, single spaced. It should also be noted that for our flash fiction and short stories we adhere to the basic grammatical rules: Quotation marks in the correct places. No run on sentences and this means overuse of commas as well. You can’t fool us with those little suckers so don’t try. We accept Canadian, American and British spelling but all work must be in English. We edit what is sent to us for the following: redundancy, spelling, grammar and anything that looks remotely like white lint on a black jacket. One wrong word can destroy an entire story in the mind of the reader, so the cleaner the better. If you don’t send us your very best, it won’t be published here and we can always tell if you’ve puked it out and sent it off without reading it first and tightening the loose ends. To an editor it looks like you don’t care and it is completely unprofessional. In addition, if you address an editor who is female as Mr. or an editor who is male as Ms. this is a sure fire way to be introduced to the horror all writers must face, the rejection letter.
If your submission is a good fit for Tuck we will then ask for a fifty word third person bio as well as a bio pic or image of some sort that reflects the tenor of your work. If you send to Tuck and we’re not interested, we will still personally respond to you and explain why we’ve rejected it. If you take the time to send us something it is only a matter of respect that we reply to you. Submitting is the most difficult part of writing, next to the anguish of rejection and as writers we are sensitive to this. Our goal is to simply provide a forum for talented writers who are not being given the exposure they deserve. If your writing is almost where it needs to be, we will indeed encourage you to polish it so that it can grace these pages. If it is not up to snuff, we will tell you this as well. Either way, you won’t languish for months wondering whether some alien plucked your submission out of our inbox. Our response time is two weeks, not much variance on that time frame, unless of course the world ends, we die, or god forbid, the internet goes down. Also, that word count up there, it is not flexible, no exceptions.
When accepted for inclusion in Tuck Magazine, we do ask also that you promote not only your own work within, but Tuck Magazine, as we will promote each contributor throughout the month – two way promotion benefiting each.
Tuck Magazine reserves first time copy rights that revert back to the writer two weeks after publication, or if you request its removal from the site prior to that period. We occasionally publish work that has been posted on blogs but we request that for the first two weeks your work appears in Tuck that you take it down. We cannot pay in dollars but we pay in exposure and that means an increase in readers and traffic to your blog and your other writing. As we are not answerable to advertisers, our content is not controlled by interests that often threaten the integrity of freedom of speech and expression.
Thanks for discovering and considering Tuck Magazine