Tin House

Submission Guidelines

Do you accept genre fiction?
Although we read fiction of all stripes and frequently publish work that crosses or bends genre lines, we do strongly recommend that all submitters familiarize themselves with Tin House before sending work.
My manuscript comes in just over 10,000 words, but it's really worth a read!
Unless you are able to shave it down to 9,999, it will be returned unread. We apologize if this seems militant, but, as they say, we have to draw the line somewhere. If your manuscript seems long, and there is no WORD COUNT included in your cover letter, it will be returned unread.
Why are your rejection notes so robotic and impersonal?
It’s mostly a matter of volume; with over 1,000 submissions received each month during our reading period, we must unfortunately be very ruthless in our selection process. It keeps some of us up at night. Please, please don’t take it personally.
Could you please tell me why you didn't accept my story?
See above. We just don’t have the time to comment on individual submissions. We wish we could.
Who reads my submissions?
We have a volunteer crew of about twenty-five readers. All of our readers have an extensive background in the literary arts and most have advanced degrees in English or writing or both. They are put through a grueling gauntlet before being offered a position. Submissions are also read by our editorial interns, who hold an equally competitive position and are extensively vetted. Finally, most of the magazine’s editorial staff read submissions on an ongoing basis, as well.

Tin House Theme Issues

We accept submissions September 4 through May 31, and, as always, our summer and winter issues are not themed (see below for the inevitable exception to the rule). We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme. If you wish to be considered for a particular theme, please make a note in your cover letter. We have provided suggested deadlines for each theme issue, but please be aware that these fill up fast, so get your theme-issue submissions in as soon as possible.

Tin House is now reading for the Fall, 2014 issue, with a theme of Tribes. We are looking for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and interviews that address the issue of tribalism. We are interested in, but not limited to: The creation of ad-hoc families and communities; Tribes formed via class, race, and geography, or via art, music, and sport; Life after exclusion from a tribe; Tribalism and conflict in the Middle East, Africa, India, Russia, China, etc…; Post-Colonial tribes; Virtual tribes. We are looking for global perspectives through the personal lens. On stands September 1, 2014. Deadline is April 15.

We are also reading for our open, non-themed Summer, 2014 issue. On stands June 1, 2014. Deadline is January 15.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Multiple submissions will be returned unread. We ask that you please wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration. We shall do our best to respond within three months but, in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within ninety days, we will be happy to respond to your e-mail inquiries.

Tin House does accept simultaneous submissions. In the event that the work is accepted for publication elsewhere, please do us the courtesy of informing us promptly.

Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Cover letters should include a word count and indicate whether the submission is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Manuscripts transmitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.

Click here to submit your work electronically using our dandy online submission manager (we call her Tina).

Submissions can be mailed to Tin House, PO Box 10500, Portland, OR 97210. Please enclose an SASE (include an IRC with international submissions), or we cannot guarantee a response or the return of your work.

Questions not addressed on this page may be directed to Thomas Ross, Editorial Assistant (thomas@tinhouse.com).

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