online publication guidelines #classic: 

please submit your poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, napkins, etc. to we love you.

tenderness, yea accepts submissions of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, and anything in between on a rolling basis for publication on this website. we accept - and encourage - simultaneous submissions but please specify that in your email.

Send us that piece that everyone else in your workshop hated.
Send us that one weird poem about your next-door neighbor’s dog.
Send us used napkins, loose labels, expired warranties, and the tags you’ve ripped off your mattresses.

Just don’t send us something boring. Life’s too short for another story about some white guy whose marriage falls apart as he smokes a bunch of cigarettes, you know?

Here at tenderness, yea, we are especially interested in publishing the work of LGBTQ+ authors, women, and people of color. If that’s you, awesome. We are literally so proud of you. Mention that in your cover letter/bio. If you’ve got a problem with that, we kindly welcome you to submit elsewhere. We hear Breitbart is looking for guest columnists.

First time submitting to a lit mag? Terrified of our bizarre and somewhat obnoxious call for submissions? It’s ok. We’ve all been there, and we’re here to help. Joseph Parker Okay has written an excellent guide to writing cover letters and submitting to lit mags, which you can access here: . Don’t be shy. We can’t wait to read your work.

Send up to 5 poems in a word doc or pdf to If you send more than five poems, the poems better take us out to dinner. We’re serious. We better want to go home with those poems. 
We want poetry that makes us feel things. Either be honest or tell fantastic lies, but don’t half-ass it either way.

Send your fiction and nonfiction of up to 2000 words to Feel free to send multiple shorts at once, so long as the total word count of your submission is under 2000 words. If you send us something longer than 2000 words, we’ll probably look at it, but we also probably won’t publish it unless it’s the best story we’ve ever read.
We’re much more interested in train wrecks than regular trains. Send us something catastrophic.

While we aren’t really in the market for manuscripts at the moment, if you send us one, we’ll look at it. And if it amazes us, we’ll figure something out.