Monday 5 May 2014

Tin House Theme Issues

They  accept submissions September 4 through May 31, and, as always, their summer and winter issues are not themed (see below for the inevitable exception to the rule). They will 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. They 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. They are looking for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and interviews that address the issue of tribalism. They 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. They are looking for global perspectives through the personal lens. On stands September 1, 2014. Deadline is April 15.

They 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. They ask that you please wait until you hear back from them before submitting new work for consideration. They shall do their best to respond within three months but, in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from them within ninety days, they 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 immediately.

Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.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 (

Curious to see what else is going on at Tin House? Find out by visiting us at our always flowing blog, The Open Bar.

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