This Just In: Tin House Launches Buy A Book, Save A Bookstore

Just received this press release from Tin House Books (keep reading–there’s relevance for the magazine, too).

PORTLAND, OREGON (JUNE 30, 2010) ⎯ In the spirit of discovering new talent as well as supporting established authors and the bookstores who support them, Tin House Books will accept unsolicited manuscripts dated between August 1 and November 30, 2010, as long as each submission is accompanied by a receipt for a book from a bookstore. Tin House magazine will require the same for unsolicited submissions sent between September 1 and December 30, 2010.

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.

Tin House Books will not accept electronic submissions. Tin House magazine will accept manuscripts by mail or digitally. The magazine will accept scans of bookstore receipts.


Please send manuscripts to

Save a Book
Tin House Books
2617 NW Thurman St.
Portland OR 97210

Save a Book
Tin House Magazine
P.O. Box 10500
Portland, OR 97210

3 thoughts on “This Just In: Tin House Launches Buy A Book, Save A Bookstore

  1. Aimee Dearmon says:

    Probably a stupid question, but you said just like the book the magazine will have to be accompanied by a receipt. Is that a book receipt also, or a magazine receipt? And, is that any book? I mean, just released, no sale items? I know, sounds crazy to me to, but I want to be clear. Where can I find more info? Love your blog!

  2. Erika D. says:

    Aimee, the press release didn't seem to be online yet when I checked last night, but I'd suggest contacting Deborah Jayne, Director of Publicity in the Portland office: deborah(at)tinhouse(dot)com and
    503-473-8663. (

    Thanks for the nice words about the blog.

  3. Deborah says:

    It's any book or any literary magazine. Thanks!
    -Deborah Jayne

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