Matador Review is a fabulously designed online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art and are currently open for submissions of all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.
I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked editor JT Lachausse and he kindly replied. See my interview with Lachausse and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Matador Review.
HOPKINSON: What gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?
LACHAUSSE: We have all been involved in literature and art communities for a while, and after a few years, we began to wonder what a project of our own would be like. We believed–and continue to believe–that we could offer a fresh and exciting platform for creators to share their work. Why is it online? Obviously, it’s more affordable, but more than that, it’s easily accessible for readers, writers, and artists.
LACHAUSSE: We seek fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.
We’re all about ‘the alternative.’ Above all else, we want work that’s multi-layered, work that needs to be peeled back and welcomes discovery.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
LACHAUSSE: There are so many. We are big fans of The Adirondack Review and Bat City Review. Quarterly West and Creep Machine Magazine are also some favorites. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the recent Tahoma Literary Review issue, where two writers from our first issue–Alex Poppe and Chris Campanioni–are also featured.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
LACHAUSSE: Poets can send submissions to our email, email@example.com. We request that the subject line of the email reads as “Submission: Name, Title” (for example, “Submission: Jane Smith 5 poems”).
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: August 31, 2016
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art