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Taking Submissions: Taco Bell Quarterly Volume 7

July 31, 2023

Deadline: July 31st, 2023
Payment: $100
Theme: Fiction or poetry that mix art and Taco Bell

Taco Bell Quarterly is a literary magazine that explores the intersection of Art and Taco Bell. Our only guideline is that it must contain a Taco Bell reference. We publish art that explores, provokes, and tests the conventions of creative writing as it relates to Taco Bell. Whether or not you believe any of this is up to you, the creative writer.

We are looking for short stories, non-fiction, prose, essays, poetry, art, comics, flash, films, undefinable auras, experiments, and completely ordinary shit that will peak in the seventh issue of a literary magazine in a corner of the internet. You are, were, and always will be a Literary Writer.

We are looking for innovative ways to lower the bar. We are looking for ways to degrade ourselves with flair. We are looking for universes that could be extremely traumatizing if the writers weren’t cowards. We are looking for ways to address the nightmares more directly.

We are drawn to writing that is urgent. We are drawn to screams and fever dreams. We want to publish: the stuff that no one else gets, the stuff that speaks to the moment, the stuff that speaks to nothing at all, the stuff that is grilled and nacho stuft. Have fun. Make stuff.  Screw your Koch Perception Boxes. Send us your panorama shoeboxes. Run for the border so that we can dismantle the borders altogether.

We want to hear from everyone, especially queer writers, trans writers, writers of color, neurodiverse writers, disabled writers, non-literary writers, genre writers, not-even-writers and total outsiders. Simultaneously subbed? Previously pubbed? We have no rules. Shoehorn a bean burrito in it and send it. Taco Bell Quarterly loves you.

We pay $100.

Is this a joke?
No! This a real literary magazine for you to submit your literary Taco Bell writing. Like The Paris Review. Granta. Ploughshares. Taco Bell Quarterly.

It still sounds like you’re joking, but okay. What are the guidelines?
Taco Bell Quarterly seeks literary/creative essays, short stories, fiction/prose, poems, comics, art, one act plays, fever dreams, multimedia, stupid status updates, criticisms, manifestos, recipes and anything else that explore any and all elements of Taco Bell. Or not. Shoehorn a chalupa in your short story. Maybe we’ll love it. An elegy for the discontinued menu items? Fine. An experimental essay about marine biology and the XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito? Awesome. Review the new Beefy Fritos Burrito and how it reminds you of the time your grandma died? We want it.  Something that  introduces us to inventive form, dynamic language, and strong voice. Or perhaps it does none of the above. We’re not judgey and pretentious. We’re the Taco Bell  Quarterly. We lean towards pieces that are queer and center their pain/joy in a Taco Bell.

Are you affiliated, sponsored by, connected to, or BFF with Taco Bell?
No. But like all corporations, they are very aware of things that steal their intellectual branding. One time I asked them for a million dollars for literature in a zoom. They laughed politely and continue not to sue me.

Is this going to be quarterly?
It comes out when we feel like it.

What’s the word count guideline?
Write what it takes to tell your story. But seriously, people’s attention spans are like 500-1500 words.

When are you open for submissions?
Follow us on Twitter @TBQuarterly for open period announcements. We are looking at late Spring ’23 next.

Where do I submit?
Submit Here

Can I sim sub? Are there rules? Where will this be published?
Sim sub you beautiful Literary Writer. Beautiful Literary Writers retain all rights to their piece with the one time rights to publish the piece on the website.

Are you a paying market?
Yes, we can offer a $100 honorarium per acceptance.

Can I win prizes and prestige?
Probably. One of our pieces was a finalist for the 2020 Best of the Net Anthology by Sundress Publications. Johns Hopkins University won a Golden Circle of Excellence Award for writing an article about us and they were really freaking pumped about it.

Is this an astroturfed literary psy-op or what? Where are you getting money?
TBQ is funded by social media hustling, side gigs, merch sales, donations, and a personal gamble that it might be worth it one day. 100% of donations are paid to writers for their work. TBQ was built on the labor of writers, poets, artists, and strangers who just wanted to help because they thought it was cool.

Can I volunteer? Yes, we would love readers for TBQ6. Don’t be scared, hit me up. Introduce yourself. I like meeting new writers. Email [email protected].

Via: Taco Bell Quarterly.


July 31, 2023


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