Rob Spillman


#77: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Rob Spillman, by Liz Mathews

The 5th annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference is in two days, and we’re so excited about the amazing community of writers and publishing professionals that is about to crowd into our corner of downtown Brooklyn. As we count down, we chatted with Tin House editor Rob Spillman about his work in both magazine and indie book publishing. We’ll hear more from Rob on Saturday at our panel Where They’re Looking for You: Literary Magazines and Indie Presses. You can see the full panel schedule here.

At Tin House, what are you looking for when reading unsolicited submissions? Do you just get a feeling when you know something is top notch?

My simple answer is that I am looking to miss my subway stop. I want the work—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, haiku, whatever it is—to be all that can possibly exist for the time I am reading it, to be so authoritative that only that writer could have written it.

 

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