Tin House Only Wants Writers Who Buy Books in Bookstores

Tin House has announced that they will now only accept unsolicited manuscripts if they are accompanied by a receipt for a book from a bookstore. Or, should circumstances prevent the writer from purchasing books in bookstores, a haiku/sentence explaining the situation.

Whimsical! But why?

We get the general pro-book sentiment, but we have difficulty understanding what exactly this policy achieves. Like, discouraging correspondence from incarcerated felons and the like? We thought reading slush from far-flung crazies was one of the charms of working at a lit mag. Oh well.

Tin House Only Wants Writers Who Buy Books in Bookstores