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 publish original translations into English. 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 email@example.com.
We read year round, though our response time may be slower during the summer months. 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).
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We nominate for the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Awards, 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. Robin Storey Dunn's "Gimme Shelter" and Jamie L. Smith's "Mythology Lessons," published in Volume 16 of The Tusculum Review, were recognized as Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2020 in The Best American Essays 2021.
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For ten years, Tusculum University’s creative writing students have written and staged ten-minute plays at April’s annual Old Oak Festival in Greeneville, Tennessee. The festival has featured the original scripts of Tusculum undergraduates who’ve studied the relatively new form with playwright and professor Wayne Thomas and Gary Garrison’s canonical craft study, Perfect 10. The plays of students like Justin Phillip Reed–who graduated from Tusculum in 2013 and went on to win the National Book Award for Poetry in 2018–have been featured. The rigorous writing, workshopping, and production of these plays with peer and community directors and casts has been invaluable training in the art and collaboration of the true fourth genre: playwriting.
In celebration of the form, the community, and the master, The Tusculum Review is pleased to announce the first annual Gary Garrison Playwriting Award for 10-Minute Plays. The winner receives $1,000, publication of the play in The Tusculum Review’s 2023 issue, and a staged reading of their winning script in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center at Tusculum University. Tusculum University may produce a staged production of the winning play at the Old Oak Festival in April 2023 or in the future.
The deadline is December 12, 2022 on Submittable.com.
Please submit a cover letter with your entry. The cover letter should include the title of your entry, your name, postal address, phone number, and email address. Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on any page of the play manuscript.
A panel of eminent playwrights will select the prize finalists with judge Gary Garrison and Gary Garrison will determine the winner of the 2023 prize.
Names and identifying information will not be visible to the judges. The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or cancel the award.
- One submission per playwright.
- Your play must not exceed ten minutes in time, no matter what the actual page count.
- There is no limitation on theme, style, content, structure, or any other dramaturgical notion.
- We are looking for engaging, realized characters intertwined with a compelling conflict that utilizes elements of good storytelling. To that end, we are not interested in comedy sketches.
- No musicals, monologues, or adaptations.
- Plays must be primarily in English, though the occasional use of languages and vernaculars whose meaning would be discernible in context to English-speaking audiences is welcomed.
- Plays can be previously produced.
- Plays must be free of any publishing encumbrances.
- The winning play will be performed as a staged reading in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center in April 2023 or Tusculum University may produce the winning play at the Old Oak Festival 5 x 10s this academic year or in the future. Please keep your production elements simple and appropriate to a ten-minute play.
- Because of the volume of plays that will be submitted, we are unable to respond to each play and playwright.
- A list of finalists and the winner of The Gary Garrison Playwriting Award for 10-Minute Plays will be announced on The Tusculum Review website and distributed to all social media networks by January 9, 2023. The winning play will be staged in April 2023. The journal issue will be published in November 2023.
All plays should be submitted as a text or image file through Submittable. Be aware that Submittable charges a nominal processing fee and fees for organizational use: this is not a submission fee. If this is a financial hardship, contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Garrison was the Executive Director for the Dramatists Guild of America from 2007-2016. Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer, and full‑time faculty member in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Playwright's Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life and Perfect 10: Writing and Producing the 10-Minute Play. In April of 2014, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts instituted the National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award given to the best ten-minute play written by a university dramatist.
Please attach your story of less than 6,000 words (24 double-spaced pages) as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the submission in your cover letter. A short bio is optional.
Please attach your poetry submission of less of less than 10 pages as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title(s) of the submission(s) in your cover letter. A short bio is optional.
Please attach your essay of less of less than 6,000 words (24 double-spaced pages) as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the submission in your cover letter. A short bio is optional.
Please attach your play of 10 pages as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the submission in your cover letter. A short bio is optional.