McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern
<h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>McSweeney's Quarterly Concern</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 2325-2588[1. "<em>McSweeney's.", </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 24, 2018, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> "<em>McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern</em> began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then the <em>Quarterly Concern</em> has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree."[2. "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Official Media Kit for Issue 49.",, accessed October 14, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] They are committed to finding new voices, publishing work of gifted but under-appreciated writers, and pushing the literary form forward at all times.[3. "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern.",, accessed October 13, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a> <strong>Target audience:</strong> Smart, open-minded readers.[4. "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern."] <strong>Publisher:</strong> McSweeney's Publishing.[5. "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Official Media Kit for Issue 49."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No.[6. "Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions.",, accessed October 13, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Type:</strong> Civilian publication, literary journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print journal.[7. "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Official Media Kit for Issue 49."] <strong>Content:</strong> Literary and experimental fiction and nonfiction, with the format and editorial focus changing for each issue.[8. "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern."] Fiction pieces include short stories and screenplays, while nonfiction works include essays and journalistic pieces. The journal has won multiple literary awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction[9. "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Official Media Kit for Issue 49."], so it's safe to say that anything published in <em>McSweeney's</em> will be of high literary quality. <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[10. "Quarterly Concern Subscription.",, accessed October 13, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines: </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Fiction and nonfiction. Memoirs, poetry, book reviews, and previously published work will not be accepted.[11. "Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions."] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> <strong>**Note: as of October 2020, submissions are temporarily closed**</strong> Submission guidelines to <em>McSweeney's</em> are highly informal. There are no rules or length restrictions, although they recommend reading the magazine to get a sense of what kinds of work they're interested in.[12. "Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions."]. Submit via the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">website</a>. According to the website, "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."[13. "Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Offbeat, eccentric, and inventive. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> None indicated. "It's better if you don’t use colors or Fun Fonts or strange formatting. We discourage submissions of art or submissions containing art."[14. "Guidelines for Quarterly Submissions."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> LIS authors may have as good a chance as anyone for getting a submission accepted in <em>McSweeney's Quarterly Concern</em>. Their whole publication process seems to be highly informal, but the quality is certainly on par with journals that have higher subscription/circulation rates. An exploration of McSweeney's multiple related websites is a must to see if your writing project is a match for their style. LIS authors might contribute a fiction or nonfiction piece inspired by their experience as library professionals, keeping in mind that the purpose of such pieces should ultimately be to entertain the reader, rather than function as straightforward articles on an LIS-related issue. <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> The print journal has 8,000 subscribers, while the website receives one million unique visitors per month.[15. "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Official Media Kit for Issue 49."] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> Published in San Francisco, California[16. "Contact Us.",, accessed October 14, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>], and in English. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> While no information regarding reader demographics is provided, a review of publication suggests readers are intelligent, open minded, literary, and comfortable thinking outside of the box. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Limited, the same as the general public. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Eclectic and open to new and creative thought is one way to describe the readers of <em>McSweeney's</em>. The journal's readers are literary and well-read, and it's safe to assume that they generally support and appreciate libraries. A visit to the multiple McSweeney's websites will give any writer interested in submitting work a better sense of whether or not their work will be a match. <strong>Last updated: </strong>October 2, 2020 <hr /> <h4>References<strong> </strong></h4>

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