Thank you for your interest in submitting to Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern! We gladly consider unsolicited works, but 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 piece.
Our general submissions are closed. We are only accepting submissions for stories relating to the two following themes:
-Immigration/displacement/refuge (more details below)
You can help us by observing the following guidelines:
Is addressed below, toward the end.
Is up to you.
Please keep yours brief, though we do like to hear from people who read and like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, though, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE TENDENCY
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It’s better if you don’t use colors or Fun Fonts or strange formatting.
YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Should be on your submission—not just on the cover letter. Cover letters can disappear. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, ideally on every page.
Feel free to include a brief biography of yourself.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK
Can’t be considered here.
Fluctuates somewhat, but has been impressing contributors recently. Contributors are paid at the time of publication.
Can be anywhere between a few weeks and nine months. Please be patient. We’re really reading as fast as we can.
SPECIAL ISSUES AND READING PERIODS
Because our staff is so small, we aren’t continually reading submissions for the quarterly. More often than not, we read in month-long bursts, when we’re approaching the deadline for a new issue. And special issues sometimes create longer delays in our response time. For example, if we just closed an issue, and we know that the issue after that will be devoted to political journalism, that would mean we wouldn’t be reading new fiction submissions for up to four months, as we prepared the journalism issue. Our response time, then, can vary a great deal. And given that we’re a quarterly, and not a weekly or monthly, we ask that all submitters bear in mind the very slow nature of the entire enterprise.
Please refer to our site for poetry submissions. This is not where you submit poetry.
We don’t generally publish memoir sorts of pieces, though there can be exceptions.
- Any immigrant or refugee writer living in the United States or abroad.
Pieces will be judged based on literary merit. Your work, however, must explore, explicitly or obliquely, issues of immigration, exile, refuge, displacement, resettlement, belonging, assimilation, exclusion, inclusion—in short, themes relevant to immigrant and refugee communities.
Submissions open until: 9/25
- Fiction submissions should be no longer than 7,000 words. Please submit only one story at a time. (We are not considering unsolicited novel excerpts.)
- Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words. Please submit only one essay at a time.
- Poems should be no more than forty lines. Please submit no more than three poems per submission.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not accept work that has been previously published, including online publications and blogs.