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Guidelines for
Book Submissions.


Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20)

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While submissions are open, please send along manuscripts that meet the following criteria—we remain, as always, incredibly excited to read your work. And please note that we only accept electronic manuscripts. Poetry submissions are addressed further down this page, and do not belong on our Submittable site. Because we are a very small organization with an even smaller editorial department, it often takes us a long time to respond to our submitters. We appreciate your patience with us as we work on getting to your manuscript. If you have a query about your submission, please email

There are no guidelines for length.

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

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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We are currently not accepting submissions for our children’s book imprint, McSweeney’s McMullens.

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The McSweeney’s Poetry Series is taking a temporary hiatus from accepting submissions. We hope to open things up again before too long.

And as always, thank you for your interest and support!