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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."

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


Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok

Response Time

2 weeks / 30 days

Acceptance Rate

1% / 0%

  • Payment

    Yes: $400

  • Fee


  • Simultaneous submissions


  • Previously published


  • Expedited response


  • Available in print


  • Provides contributor copies


  • Examples online


  • Active on social media


Accepted genres

1 genres


Max words: 1200

Themed submissions (listed on submissions page)


Max words: 1200

Themed submissions (listed on submissions page)


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Total submissions tracked

30 days

Average response time

1% / 0%

Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

109 days

Slowest response time

How to submit


We accept email submissions.

Cover letters

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] willywill@internet.com [email address] @wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]


No specific eligibility requirements


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.

Rights for published work

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

About the Magazine

Founded in 1998 | United States

McSweeney’s is a nonprofit publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as operating a daily humor website, we also publish Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Illustoria Magazine, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints. You can buy all of these things from our online store. You can support us today by making a donation. McSweeney’s exists to champion ambitious and inspired new writing, and to challenge conventional expectations about where it’s found, how it looks, and who participates. We’re here to discover things we love, help them find their most resplendent form, and imagine new ways to bring them to you, Dennis. (If you are not Dennis, kindly ignore the aforementioned.)


We currently list only main editors, more will be added later! If you are an editor, you can edit your masthead in our admin panel :)

Chris Monks