Tin House

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


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

If you submitted work during our last open reading period but have not heard from us, thank you for your patience! We will respond as soon as possible. If you have new work you'd like to submit instead, please withdraw your older submission first.

We are currently reading for all open issues as well as two upcoming themes: 

Fall 2017: TRUE CRIME—All crimes welcome; all "truths" welcome, too . . . 

Winter 2017: No theme, just some quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to carry us through the cold.

Spring 2018: CANDY—What's that sweet thing you crave that also may be ruining your life?

As always, we are looking for any and every angle on those themes. 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Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.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.