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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. We can’t even get extra sauce packets when we roll through the drive-thru, the employees act like that shit is unicorn blood.
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?
We’re busted and broke-ass. We need a heiress, an endowment, or an independently wealthy weirdo to fund us. If you have mountains of extra cash and would like to support the Taco Bell arts, please contact us.
How many people really submit to TBQ? Am I going to be the only one?
This Shit Is Your Dream Journal. Being a member of the #TBQFam is a must-have notch on every writer’s CV. Agents scan for it. 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 your piece electronically. We are going to promote the hell out of you and tell the world how awesome you are for creating art.
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.
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 us up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.