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JamieFord
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Submitted for your amusement, a very unique submission requirement, courtesy of Tin House.

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/lit_journals/tin_house_to_require_bookstore_receipt_for_unsolicited_manuscripts_166567.asp


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Pyre Dynasty
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That's hilarious. If I was running a magazine I think I'd require that people send in a picture of a monkey along with their submission, just to prove they read the guidelines.

I heard of a rock band (I'm thinking the Grateful Dead but don't quote me on that,) who added to their contracts that they needed a giant bowl of only brown M & M's in their trailers, just to make sure that the promoters were paying attention to the minute details of the contract. That was important because they used twice as much on stage equipment so they needed a more reinforced stage. One time they didn't get the M & M's but when on anyway and the stage collapsed. Of course this is folklore in my head because I don't have any sources.


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I like the idea, but I wonder if they would take a receipt from a used bookstore. Or for a kid's book.
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JSchuler
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It's not really that funny. It's more of a sad awareness campaign: "Save our preferred economic model for the distribution of books!"

Funny would be another publisher in response accepting unsolicited submissions provided the submitter showed proof of purchase of a buggy whip.


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KayTi
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Funny! And yes, from the article, they'd totally accept a submission from a used bookstore. You can also write a haiku explaining why you're too broke to buy books.


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InarticulateBabbler
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Lol.
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Robert Nowall
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Make sure you don't send them a charge-card receipt...
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Oh, yeah, it was Van Halen with the remove-the-brown-M&Ms clause...
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This is also brilliant marketing. How many of you knew of Tin House, or were writing about them online, before this happened? Not me.
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