A great deal of the material published in Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern is written by strangers whose work comes to us via the internet or in manila envelopes. Our system for reading submissions is intricate and steadily improving, but we’re still a very small organization—McSweeney’s has just a few editors—and some things move slowly.
Please note that we are no longer accepting physical submissions. All submissions must now go through our Submittable page.
At this time, as we catch up on our reading, submissions are temporarily closed. We hope to reopen them soon. When we do, you can help us by observing the following guidelines:
STYLE AND SUBJECT
We publish fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. The best way to get a sense of what we’re interested in publishing is to read the Quarterly. You can pick up a subscription or back issues here.
Is up to you.
Please keep yours brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.
Please visit our Submittable page.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WEBSITE
Should be sent to a different address, following different guidelines, which are presented in a different link on this site.
It’s better if you don’t use colors or Fun Fonts or strange formatting. We discourage submissions of art or submissions containing art.
Feel free to include a brief biography of yourself. We reserve the right to publish your brief biography instead of your submission.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK
Can’t be considered here.
Fluctuates somewhat. Contributors are paid at the time of publication.
Can be wonderful, but is not something we publish in the quarterly. Please send completed book-length poetry manuscripts to email@example.com.