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. On the other hand, every single submission to our magazine gets read by a staff member. We are pleased to reopen submissions this month, and we look forward to receiving your work.
We want very badly to discover and nurture new and developing writers. 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.
Two months, give or take. Feel free to check in with us if you haven’t heard from us in three months.
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.
TO SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY
Please visit our Submittable page.
TO SUBMIT VIA THE POSTAL SERVICE
Our address is 849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mark all submissions as Attn: Submissions.
IF YOU ARE MAILING FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY
You might want to submit electronically. This is up to you, but the postage on the return envelope can present problems. Some people, especially Canadians, have sent us some sort of international postage coupons. Our track record regarding Canadians is beyond reproach, but we do not like these coupons and do not know what to do with them. Please make things easy for us.
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.
YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Should be on your submission—not just on the cover letter. Cover letters can disappear. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, ideally on every page.
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.
CHECKING ON THE STATUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
If you were kind enough to submit something, and haven’t heard from us in three months, feel free to resend the piece. We can’t, however, personally respond to each request for a status report. If you need to know if we are or aren’t running a piece, for the purposes of your sending the piece to a better publication, assume that we aren’t.
Can be wonderful, but is not something we publish in the quarterly. Please send completed book-length poetry manuscripts to email@example.com.