I spent most of today checking the submission periods listed on the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS to be sure that I wasn’t missing any publications that expire this month. Good thing I did! Tin House changed their submission policy and ONLY take unsolicited submissions during September which means that TODAY is the last day for me to submit! SO… on to the details for today’s submission.
From the About Us page:
The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999, the singular lovechild of an eclectic literary journal and a beautiful glossy magazine. Publisher Win McCormack said of the effort, “I wanted to create a literary magazine for the many passionate readers who are not necessarily literary academics or publishing professionals.”
With the help of New York editors Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, along with managing editor Holly MacArthur, McCormack accomplished just that. Tin House offers an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and underappreciated books, and a literary crossword puzzle. Perhaps most indicative of the magazine’s mission to stake out new territory and showcase not only established, prize-winning authors is its commitment that every issue include the work of an undiscovered fiction writer and poet.
From their submission guidelines:
We accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March.
Please submit only one story or essay (10,000-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Multiple submissions will be returned unread. We ask that you please wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration. If you currently have a submission in our system but wish to submit something new instead, please withdraw the older submission via Submittable.
We shall do our best to respond within six months but this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within six months, we will be happy to receive e-mail inquiries and will do our best to respond. (For the remainder of 2016, response times may be slow as we dedicate ourselves to reading the record number of submissions received in the last reading period.) Please do not call the office with inquiries. We appreciate your patience!
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Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.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 and indicate whether the submission is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Manuscripts transmitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.
I do notice that quite a few publications prefer or specify that they want previously unpublished works. Most don’t define what they consider to be “published” whereas some go so far to say that anything posted publicly online (even if it is in a personal blog) is considered published. I personally am in the process of moving my poetry from public to private on my blogs to avoid any conflict.
From what I can see, there does not seem to be an online archive to give examples of this mag’s prior work so I am shooting in the dark since I don’t have time to order a back issue. Taking a HUGE chance but we shall see what ends up coming out of it.
I am going to submit one prose piece to the fiction category, and select five poems from the ones I did from prompts on Rachel Mckibbens’ blog over the years. Crossing my fingers!
Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!