Tiferet Journal

Type Of Organization
(908) 872-1775
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Our goal is to help people of different faiths, even non-traditional ones, learn about each other to encourage tolerance and peace. Tiferet is a Hebrew word that means "heart, compassion, and reconciliation of opposites" -- vital concepts to understand in today's often divisive world. We are a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic community that publishes high-quality poetry, prose, and art that further meaningful dialogue about what it is to be humane and conscious. We publish a magazine four times a year (3 digital issues and 1 print) and offer periodic writing retreats, an annual poem-a-thon, and an annual writing contest.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, just starting Instagram
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Donna Baier Stein
Contact Title
Founder & Publisher
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio
Representative Authors
Robert Bly, Rachel Hadas, Ray Bradbury
Submissions Policy
We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art electronically through our website. Our regular submission period runs September 1 to January 1 each year. We also offer an annual writing contest until June 1. Our author contract grants us First North American Serial Rights in print and digital format. In exchange, the author receives one copy of the issue as payment. We also retain the right to post the work on our web site after print publication and in digital format on our web and other e-publication venues. After publication, all rights (except those stated above) revert to the Author/Artist. The Author/Artist agrees that we will receive suitable credit upon exercise of any of the rights retained by the author to the material.
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