Tin House to Require Bookstore Receipt for Unsolicited Manuscripts

By Jason Boog Comment

cover23.jpgBetween August 1 and November 30, 2010, Tin House Books will accept unsolicited manuscripts with one special condition–the submission must include a receipt that proves the author has purchased a book at a bookstore.

The same rule applies for unsolicited work submitted to Tin House magazine between September 1 and December 30, 2010. There are a few additional rules to keep in mind when submitting. Tin House Books does not permit electronic submissions. However, the magazine does permit manuscripts by mail or digitally (as well as scanned bookstore receipts). Any manuscript breaking these rules will be returned unread.

Here’s more from the release: “Writers who cannot afford to buy a book or cannot get to an actual bookstore are encouraged to explain why in haiku or one sentence (100 words or fewer). Tin House Books and Tin House magazine will consider the purchase of e-books as a substitute only if the writer explains: why he or she cannot go to his or her neighborhood bookstore, why he or she prefers digital reads, what device, and why. Writers are invited to videotape, film, paint, photograph, animate, twitter, or memorialize in any way (that is logical and/or decipherable) the process of stepping into a bookstore and buying a book to send along for our possible amusement and/or use on our Web site.”

Book submissions can be sent to this address:
Save a Book
Tin House Books
2617 NW Thurman St.
Portland OR 97210

Magazine submissions can be sent to this address:
Save a Book
Tin House Magazine
P.O. Box 10500
Portland, OR 97210