Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature

Type Of Organization

Primary Editor/Contact Person
Donna Baier Stein, Publisher
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio
Representative Authors
Robert Bly, Rachel Hadas, Ray Bradbury
Submissions Policy
Submit electronically through our web site. Include the genre and author's name and contact info on each submission.
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
Usually runs January-June. $1400 in prizes for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
New Leaf
Donna Baier Stein
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded the magazine.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We have an editor who edits, designs, and formats all our print and digital issues... and 3 editors for poetry, prose, and nonfiction/interviews. We also have five interns and 2 contributing editors.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it clear, simple, and short. List any previous publications or awards.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use Submittable (formerly Submishmash). At least five readers go through each submission. Category editors and the publishers make the final call on which are selected for publication.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
First, very high quality writing. A strong opening page. An interesting angle on humanity, culture, spirituality, tolerance. Submissions can recount personal experiences, travels, or new thinking on previously published sacred works. We use the term
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read the submission guidelines on our website at www.tiferetejournal.com. if you are submitting poems, put them all in one document before you submit. We do NOT consider hard copies and will not return them.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We published one of Marie-Elizabeth Mali's poem that was submitted in the slush pile. And an interview with Ray Bradbury about his take on faith or spirituality was also an unexpected, and very welcome, find.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone who loves reading excellent poetry and prose and who may be interested in works that grapple with explaining the inexplicable... or in understanding the beliefs, rituals, and basic humanity of other cultures. We assume most of our readers are