Tin House

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Tin House
Founded1998;25 years ago (1998)
Founder Win McCormack
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon
Distribution W. W. Norton
Publication types Magazines, Books
Official website www.tinhouse.com
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Tin House Headquarters

Tin House is an American book publisher based in Portland, Oregon, and New York City. Portland publisher Win McCormack originally conceived the idea for a literary magazine called Tin House in the summer of 1998. [1] He enlisted Holly MacArthur as managing editor and developed the magazine with the help of two experienced New York editors, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell. [2]


In 2005, Tin House expanded into the book division, Tin House Books. They also began to run a by-admission-only summer writers' workshop held at Reed College. [3]

In December 2018, Tin House announced that they were shuttering their literary magazine after 20 years to focus on their book releases and workshops. [4]

Tin House
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Editor-in-chief Win McCormack
Categories Literary magazine
First issue 1999 (1999-month)
Final issueJune 2019
CountryUnited States
Based in Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon
Website www.tinhouse.com
ISSN 1541-521X

Tin House published fiction, essays, and poetry, as well as interviews with important literary figures, a "Lost and Found" section dedicated to exceptional and generally overlooked books, "Readable Feast" food writing features, and "Literary Pilgrimages", about visits to the homes of writing greats. It was also distinguished from many other notable literary magazines by actively seeking work from previously unpublished writers to feature as "New Voices". [5]

Tin House was honored by major American literary awards and anthologies, particularly for its fiction. A story from the Summer 2003 issue, "Breasts" by Stuart Dybek, was featured in The Best American Short Stories for 2004, [6] and in 2006, "Window" by Deborah Eisenberg was a "juror favorite" in The O. Henry Prize Stories . [7]

The magazine was closed after the release of its June 2019 20th-anniversary issue. [8]


Writers whose work has appeared in Tin House

Tin House Books


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