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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

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McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T. Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T.C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie, and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree. Each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned. There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head. McSweeney’s has won multiple literary awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction, and has had numerous stories appear in The Best American Magazine Writing, the O. Henry Awards anthologies, and The Best American Short Stories.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1998

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).

Payment:

Unknown payment Unknown payment. Details: USD $400.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).

Payment:

Unknown payment Unknown payment. Details: USD $400.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 33 reports from 33 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported42 min | 183.2 mean avg | 85.0 median | 459 max days (153.2 std dev)
Responses81.82 %
Acceptances0.00 % No publication has a 0% acceptance rate. This data is based on submission reports sent to Duotrope, and we have not received reports of any acceptances yet.
Rejections81.82 % (141.2 avg. days per rejection) | 14.8 % personal, 63.0 % form, 22.2 % unspecified | 3.0 % shortlisted
Non-Responses18.18 %
Lost/Returned6.06 % (312.5 avg. days before reporting submissions as lost or returned)
Never Responded6.06 % (416.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals6.06 % (387.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending16 responses are pending (6 min | 127.6 mean avg | 15.5 median | 740 max days waiting | 243.0 std dev) from 16 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 06 Oct 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 20 Jul 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 15 May 2024
Last Audited: 25 Mar 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 19 Mar 2006

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