Submission Guidelines:

Here at McCoy's, we encourage authors of all backgrounds to submit their best fiction. We do not discourage any particular genre, technique, style, or method of fiction. Stories can be set in far-away universes, or they can be written in roman á clef style. The writing we want is unique to the author that sends it, and that means it can be experimental, traditional, or anything in between as long as it is original. We ask that all submissions are polished, proofread, and intentional. 

There are no hard and fast word counts that we seek. If the writing is good, we'll be happy to publish it, no matter how short or long the piece is. We do ask that for the ease of reading your submission, that you adhere to standard manuscript format, which can be found here

We hope to respond to submissions within a month of receipt. If you haven't heard back from us within four weeks, feel free to inquire about your submission status. If we choose to purchase your story, we will be purchasing exclusive rights for three months. That means that we have the right to publish the story first, and for the three months after publication, the story cannot be published elsewhere. After three months, the rights revert to you. We do not purchase ownership of your work, only the right to publish it first. That said, we do not accept previously published work. We compensate our writers $20 per piece. 

Instead of paying for a submission manager, we use what little funding we have to pay our writers and maintain our website. We ask that submissions be sent to editorinchief@mccoysmonthly.com. Subject lines should read FICTION SUBMISSION. Please include the story in a PDF or Word document. Stories must be the original work of the author. No translations unless you are both the author and the translator. We accept simultaneous submissions. We read submissions year-round. 

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