FICTION AND NONFICTION SUBMISSIONS

The past few months have been pretty crazy for us here: we founded a running club, we had a party with a giant sloth, and—against many if not all of the odds—we managed to work our way through our back reading. We’re reopening submissions, therefore, and we couldn’t be more excited to receive your work.

Without further ado, please send along manuscripts that meet the following criteria. And please note that we only accept electronic manuscripts for books. Poetry submissions are addressed further down this page, and do not belong on our Submittable site.

LENGTH
There are no guidelines for length.

DEGREE OF COMPLETENESS
Complete manuscripts only, with the exception of cookbooks—we are happy to accept cookbook proposals or full manuscripts.

RESPONSE TIME
Two months, give or take. Feel free to check in if you haven’t heard from us in three months.

Please do not submit illustrated works. Multiple submissions are fine, but if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work from our system. If you’ve read all the above, please continue to our Submittable site.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

We accept submissions for our children’s book imprint, McSweeney’s McMullens, only through the mail. Please direct your picture-book submissions to:

McSweeneys McMullens
Attn: Submissions
849 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Please make sure all your contact information is on your manuscript and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Note, too, that we can’t return manuscripts: please don’t send us anything one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable, or otherwise valuable.

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POETRY SUBMISSIONS

The McSweeney’s Poetry Series publishes approximately four collections each year. We are open to all styles of poetry.

Book-length manuscripts should be sent with a cover letter via MS Word document or PDF to poetry@mcsweeneys.net. Include your name, phone number, and email address. If you haven’t received a response within eight months, feel free to follow up by email.

Make sure to let us know if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

While McSweeney’s remains a very small operation, all manuscripts are read by at least four readers, including at least one editor, so responses may take half a year or more. Thanks in advance for your patience.