Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission call + interview – Matador Review, DEADLINE: Feb. 28, 2019

Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Los Angeles and Chicago. “We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Founded in January 2016, our purpose is to promote ‘alternative work’ from both art and literature, and to encourage respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. Recent contributors include Damian Van Denburgh, Rachelle Cruz, Heidi Seaborn, Jeremy Radin, Marguerite L. Harrold, and others.”

I wondered how and why this 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.

LACHAUSSE: The Matador Review is an alternative art and literature quarterly based in Chicago.

HOPKINSON: What gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?

LACHAUSSE: We’ve been involved in literature communities for a while, and after a few years, we began wondering what our own project would look 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.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

LACHAUSSE: We seek fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We’re interested in provocative literature and artwork—something that sets off alarms in a productive and riveting way.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?

LACHAUSSE: We’re big fans of PANK and Bat City Review.

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?

LACHAUSSE: I’d be interested to see more genre fiction, nonfiction stories from beyond North America, and poetry that isn’t free verse. Regarding art, our art editor is always looking for great photography and sculpture.

HOPKINSON: Where can poets send their submissions?

LACHAUSSE: Poets can send submissions to our email, editors@matadorreview.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?

LACHAUSSE: contact@matadorreview.com can also be used for any questions or concerns. We can also be contacted via Twitter and Facebook, both under the name @matadorreview.


Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2019

SUBMISSION FEE: None

PAYMENT: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art

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3 replies »

  1. Quick question for Matador and also for Trish, the “editor whisperer” —
    do editors use two types of standard rejection notes — a chillier (a.) rejection that states “It didn’t work for us. Good luck placing it elsewhere” and also a friendlier (b.) rejection that basically states the same thing — but also encourages the writer to submit again?
    Or does each rejection note sound the same?
    I am sure other writers have wondered about this.

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  2. Thank you, Trish. Because of your helpful link, I read Nate’s article on “10 Types of Rejection.” I realize now I should have thanked certain editors for the time and the commentary. In one case, an Amsterdam editor’s comments helped me reshape my poem “Mother on Morphine” — after which it won a prize in Canada. [My natural instinct, however, is not to write back to busy editors.]

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