Taco Bell Quarterly is “the literary magazine for the Taco Bell Arts and Letters. We're a reaction against everything. The gatekeepers. The taste-makers. The hipsters. Health food. Artists Who Wear Cute Scarves. Bitch-ass Wendy's. We seek to demystify what it means to literary, artistic, important, and elite.” Please note they are not affiliated with Taco Bell :). They are 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.”
I wanted to know more about what they are up to, so I asked them some questions to find out. See my interview with Editor Grande Supreme M.M. Carrigan as well as a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Taco Bell Quarterly.
CARRIGAN: We’re the literary magazine for Taco Bell-inspired literature. Yes, we’re serious. We’re not a gimmick, not a viral sensation, not a ruse to sell crap no one needs. We’re more like a collective writing prompt, a literary muse. We ask a version of the question, inspired by Robert Olen Butler, what if Taco Bell was the white hot center of our pain?
HOPKINSON: How/why was Taco Bell Quarterly originally started?
CARRIGAN: I started it alone at my dining room table, working alone in my basement. We’re very much the embodiment of a labor of love out of someone’s basement. I started it out of frustration, feeling like an outsider to the literary world. I had worked in fast food as teenager, and so I tapped back into the us versus the whole world feeling working the drive thru. I wanted to create a community where we could all be working that drive-thru, dreaming about bigger things, hustling, hating, and sifting through the vats of mystery meat.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CARRIGAN: Dreamers, slackers, punks, freaks, rogue creative writing professors, totally reasonable people who wear jackets when its chilly, mom, dad, and the kids. If you think Taco Bell is gross, you probably won’t get it.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CARRIGAN: Heart writing. Gut stuff.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CARRIGAN: Although we want to stay true to our Taco Bell roots, we’re not opposed to publishing non-Taco Bell-centered material. Would love to see more stuff that’s inspired by the spirit of Taco Bell, whatever that means. It’s a new writing prompt and I’m excited to see where it goes.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CARRIGAN: Any of the ones that would make your parents say, “who reads that?”
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CARRIGAN: DMs are open on twitter. Email is good too!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Always open
THEME: “Although we want to stay true to our Taco Bell roots, we’re not opposed to publishing non-Taco Bell-centered material. Would love to see more stuff that’s inspired by the spirit of Taco Bell, whatever that means. It’s a new writing prompt and I’m excited to see where it goes.”
SUBMISSION FEE: None
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
FORMS: “literary/creative essays, short stories, fiction/prose, poems, multimedia, your stupid status updates, whatever, that explore any and all elements of Taco Bell”