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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 is currently looking for literary/creative essays, short stories, fiction/prose, poems, multimedia, your stupid status updates, whatever, that explore any and all elements of Taco Bell. 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 not. We’re not judgey and pretentious. We’re Taco Bell Quarterly.
Are you affiliated, sponsored by, connected to, or BFF with Taco Bell?
No. But like all corporations, they are very very aware of us and one time I asked them for a million dollars in a zoom. They laughed politely and continue not to sue me.
Is this going to be quarterly?
nah 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?
Where do I submit?
Where/when will this be published?
TBQ is published digitally via this website.
Are you a paying market?
No. I’m a writer who makes 25k a year lol. So until Penguin Random House gives me seven figures, I’m waiting for a heiress, an endowment, or an independently wealthy weirdo to fund this. If you have mountains of extra cash and would like to support the Taco Bell arts, please contact editor MM Carrigan.
How many people really submit to TBQ? Am I going to be the only one?
This Shit Is Your Dream Journal. Agents scan for it on your CV. Your mother keeps asking when you’re going to settle down, get married, and get published in Taco Bell Quarterly.
What else do I need to know?
Taco Bell Quarterly will be granted one time rights to publish the piece on our site.
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.
Who is running this thing? Is this an astroturfed literary psy op or what?
My name is MM Carrigan. I write essays exploring contemporary culture and my writing has appeared in VICE, Eater, Literary Hub, Bon Appetit, and more. You can follow my other projects @thesurfingpizza and mmcarriganwriter.com
Can I volunteer? Yes, we would love readers for TBQ5. Don’t be scared, hit me up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.