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 2015 (39.1)-Flight CLOSED

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

—Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

For our spring issue, we are looking for writing that takes us to the skies, explores our desire to escape, seeks out the connections with creatures that fly, weather sent to us from above, or what else happens when we look up.

We will now consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until February 15, 2015.

Fall 2015 (39.2)-Beginnings

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

—Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

For our fall issue, we are looking for writing that gives us a glimpse of how it all begins. It could be exploring our roots, the way we came to be, the origins of something with great importance, birth, a first time experience, or the power housed in the first line and beyond.

We will consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until June 15, 2015.

Winter 2015 (39.3)-Fear

A car radio bleats,
“Love, O careless Love. . . .” I hear
my ill-spirit sob in each blood cell,
as if my hand were at its throat. . . .
I myself am hell;
nobody’s here

Robert Lowell, “Skunk Hour”

For our winter issue, we seek writing what haunts, confronts, and challenges us to keep our composure. It could every day violence, what haunts a place, entering the dark woods, the nightmare turned to reality. Explore what makes us afraid within and how we come to balance it in our world.

We will consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until October 15, 2015.

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

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