This will most likely be a strange and wonderful package. Each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned. There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head. "McSweeney's" has won multiple literary awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction, and has had numerous stories appear in "The Best American Magazine Writing", the O. Henry Awards anthologies, and "The Best American Short Stories". Design awards given to the quarterly include the AIGA 50 Books Award, the AIGA 365 Illustration Award, and the Print Design Regional Award. Which is to say: We're not sure what the thirty-ninth issue will bring, but as always, we remain optimistic about its prospects. "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, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T.
Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T.C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie, and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we're committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.show more