You want to submit to Tin House (Books or Magazine), you gotta buy a book and send them your receipt. I'm not too upset about this, frankly. I buy books all the time, usually once a week and usually in a bookstore. This won't be hardship for me. In fact, I've offered to sell receipts (or scanned copies thereof) to people who desperately want to submit to the press or the magazine but can't be bothered to go to a bookstore and shell out a few bucks for a book. Tin House gets their receipt, you get to make a submission without buying a book, I make a few bucks. Win win win.
But apparently some people are upset about this policy. I don't really understand why, particularly because there are ways around the policy. Okay, if you're pleading poverty, they've got you covered: "