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Medium: Print and Online


Genres Accepted: fiction, nonfiction, drama, mixed genre, interview

Established: 1998

Circulation: N/A


“Timothy McSweeney’s Politics Surprise the Other Missionaries” (There really isn’t an established tagline)

Payment: Varies


McSweeney’s is not merely a publication—it is a publishing house, founded by Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, etc.). Publishing options include a quarterly literary journal (“Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern”) and a daily-updated website (“McSweeney’s Internet Tendency”), as well as several other publication branches.

The first issue of McSweeney’s published only works rejected by other journals. Since then it has published pieces by writers like Michael Chabon, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace, Joyce Carol Oates and more, but it remains committed to new writers. The editors promise that, with the exception of mistakes and mishaps, every submission is read and considered.


McSweeney’s is easily likable—it is funny and intelligent and incredible quirky. For this reason, it is very important to become familiar with the publication before submitting. It isn’t easy to find a copy of the print journal to browse, but there is a bounty of useful information on the website. Take the time to thoroughly read the online submissions instructions—they are informative and entertaining.

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Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions:

Print Submissions

Include a brief cover letter
Feel free to include a brief bio
Include contact information on cover letter and every page of submission (name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address)
No previously published work
Allow up to five months’ response time
No length requirements

Mail Submissions to:
849 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

E-Mail Submissions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Attach submissions as a Word file saved as title of your story
Use common sense in your e-mail subject heading—“submissions” is a good option

Web Submissions:

E-Mail submissions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
E-Mail Lists to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
E-Mail Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
E-Mail Reviews of New Food to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Web submissions should be “shortish” (up to 1,500. “Submissions of exactly 742 words seem to automatically appear on the site as if by magic.”)
Paste the entire document into the e-mail message
Submit one thing at a time
Use simple formatting (no smart quotes “or any other kind of allegedly intelligent punctuation”)
Include story title, name, phone number, and e-mail address
No previously published work
Allow up to one month response time


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