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, 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: February 28, 2019
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art