Tin House

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Tin House accepts submissions in the months of September and March. 

If you would like to submit work for online publication, submit to Tin House Online at tinhouseonline.submittable.com/submit.


A raft of unsolicited submissions, known affectionately as the slush pile, is the foundation of a literary magazine. We like to think this is especially true at Tin House, where we have always aimed to publish a diverse range of new and exciting voices. 

Despite the staggering increase in submissions over the years, we've remained dedicated to reading each and every piece of writing we receive, and been delighted each time one of those unsolicited submissions has appeared in Tin House. We've watched with pride as those yet-unsung stories, essays, and poems rose through the ranks, often through our pages and into those of various awards anthologies, eventually into the collections and books of authors we're lucky enough to say we knew back when they were stubborn submitters in our reading queue.

It takes a long time to read all of your submissions, and if you're still waiting on us to respond to your last submission, we appreciate your patience, and we expect to have a response in the coming weeks. To ensure a wide range of writers can submit work this season, we are extending our submission window to October 15.

We are currently reading for all open issues as well as one upcoming theme: 

Summer 2019 and Winter 2019: No theme, just quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to cool off with in the shade.

Fall 2019: The Horror—From the mundane frights of everyday life to the truly macabre, if it makes your hair stand on end, we want to hear about it. Send us your scariest stories, eeriest essays, and most petrifying poetry!

As always, we are looking for any and every angle on our themed issues. Our summer and winter issues are not themed. We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme, but please make a note in your cover letter if you wish to be considered for a particular theme.

Tin House Writers' Guidelines:

Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Multiple submissions will not be read. We will do our best to respond within six months, however, in some cases this period may be longer. [Currently it is much longer. Please bear with us.] We do ask that you please wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration. 

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, brief publication history (if applicable), and indicate whether the submission is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

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