Tin House Launches Buy a Book, Save a Bookstore

Tin House Implements New Policy for Fall Reading Period.
Unsolicited Submissions must be Accompanied by a Receipt for a Hardcover
or Paperback from a Real-Life Bookstore

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