Pilgrimage - Story, Place, Spirit, Witness

Artist/Writer Guidelines

Pilgrimage is dedicated to serving a community of artists, writers, adventurers, naturalists, contemplatives, activists, seekers and tricksters in and beyond the American Southwest. We welcome literary nonfiction and poetry, and favor writing on themes related to soul, spirit, place, and social justice. We also excited to announce that we are now accepting fiction as well.

Each issue strives for an elegance of variation in voice and tone; work that is entirely reverential, for example, will be a tougher sell here than work that also shows the cracks, funny bones, and vital impurities of our lives as spirits-in-place. We can handle pieces as long as 6000 words, but shorter works are easier to include, due to space constraints. Submissions are read year-round; send what you think might fit, regardless of whether or not it matches an upcoming themed issue. We encourage translations and inter-lingual work, as well as original writing in English. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify Pilgrimage ASAP if the work is accepted elsewhere.

We generally publish black and white artwork on the covers and, occasionally, in the magazine's interior. Query first by email to the editor before sending art.
All written material must be typed (double-spaced for prose). We accept work via Submittable (click here) and snail mail. Please include an SASE for reply only; unused manuscripts will be recycled. Please note the new mailing address:

Juan Morales, Editor
Pilgrimage Magazine
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Department of English and Foreign Languages
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001.

Call for Submissions:

Spring 2014 (38.1)-Labor

Their lives are part of my life’s inventory;
my role grows smaller when I glimpse the whole.
Today I pocketed a lump of coal.
These are the facts, but the facts are not the story.

—David Mason, Ludlow

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Strike of 1913-14 and the Ludlow Massacre in southern Colorado, we will be considering work that explores the broader theme of labor and its complexities.

We will now consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until March 10, 2014.

Fall 2014 (38.2)-Silence and Sound

If you were sealed inside a box
within a box deep in a forest,
with no birdsongs, no crickets
rubbing legs together, no leaves
letting go of mottled branches,
you’d still hear the rhythm
of your heart.

—Yusef Komunyakaa, “Rhythm Method”

For our fall issue, we are looking for writing that works the ear, that stops to find the rhythm of a place, and carries the fluid music of speech.

We will consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until June 15, 2014.

Winter 2014 (38.3)-Sleep

I was already dozing off in the shade, dreaming that the rustling trees were my many selves explaining themselves all at the same time so that I could not make out a single word. My life was a beautiful mystery on the verge of understanding, always on the verge! Think of it!

—Charles Simic, The World Doesn’t End

For our winter issue, we are looking for writing that engages sleep, dreams, nightmare, hibernation, insomnia, and all exploration on instances when our bodies rest and our minds play.

We will consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until October 15, 2014.

Pilgrimage Magazine, published three times a year, emphasizes themes of place, spirit, peace & justice, in and beyond the Greater Southwest.

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