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McSweeney's Internet Tendency

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Since 2007, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency has been run by one person out of a living room in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    2 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    7 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
    Editor reported data
    Chill Subs tracker stats


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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max words: 1200

Payment: $ 400

Themed submissions (listed on submissions page)

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Cover letters are unnecessary, but not forbidden by any means. If they are longer than three and a half sentences there’s a fair chance they won’t be read. Just being honest here. Absolutely all submissions must look like this: My Funny Experience [story title]* By William Williams [author’s name] [email address] @wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please paste the entire document into the email message. Please don’t share Google docs or links to your private blogs. Also, very important: do not send us attachments. We are afraid of what these attachments may be carrying. Your subject line should contain some indicator of what is contained in your submission. A version of the title is recommended. Please do not format your piece in an unusual way. Do not use colors or fun fonts. Don’t even bother describing how your piece would be best if formatted in a particular way because we probably cannot achieve this formatting on the site. We’re just not that smart.

  • Author's rights

    You retain rights to your work after publication. Your published work will be housed in our internet archives in perpetuity, and we may re-post a link to your piece on social media sites from time-to-time.

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

7 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

68 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 78 days, 76 days, 109 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

4 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


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