McSweeney's Quarterly Concern is award-winning and literary and quirky:
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[.]
The output looks amazing. Each issue looks to experiment with publishing formats, and checking out the submissions page gives a glimpse into the publication's mindset, eg:
- Length? "Up to you" (I would personally exercise restraint on novella length work).
- Formatting? "It’s better if you don’t use colors or Fun Fonts or strange formatting."
- Payment? "Fluctuates somewhat, but has been impressing contributors recently."
On the flip-side, I have scoured the site and can't find any more helpful information relating to the kind of literary work they publish other than: no reprints, no poetry, no (or few) memoir-style works. I would approach this knowledge-void in two ways:
- buy a copy of an issue to get a feel for the content here; and
- read the website to infuse your brain with their particular voice
You can find the full submission details here: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/guidelines-for-quarterly-submissions