Friday 26 August 2016

Tin House Seeking Submissions

Tin House Theme Issues

Starting in 2016, we will accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March. As always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. 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.

Tin House will accept submissions in September for our next THREE issues:

Spring 2017: Rehab. Pub date March 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Summer 2017: Open, non-themed. Pub date June 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Fall 2017
: Theme: True Crime. Pub date September 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Submission GuidelinesWe accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March.

Please submit only one story or essay (10,000-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 six months but, in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within six months, we will be happy to receive e-mail inquiries and will do our best to respond. (For the remainder of 2016, response times may be slow as we dedicate ourselves to reading the record number of submissions received in the last reading period.) Please do not call the office with inquiries. We appreciate your patience!

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Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.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.

Please click here submit via our Submittable page.

For Lost & Found submissions: Lost & Found essays champion books that have been overlooked or culturally neglected, with the hope of bringing them new attention and readership. Featured books need to be at least 10 years old, and preferably about the work of a lesser-known author rather than the lesser-known work of someone famous. We particularly look for pieces where the Lost & Found author has a story to tell about how or why they came to love the book. We are happy to see pitches or finished drafts; it's always a good idea to pitch first if you have questions about whether a book is a fit for the feature. Send submissions or inquiries for Lost & Found ONLY to

While we prefer electronic submissions, 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

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