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
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Department of English and Foreign Languages
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001.
Call for Submissions for Winter 2014: Grace
“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.”
— The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
For our winter issue, we are looking for writing that engages Flannery O’Connor’s quote and the complicated journeys that come with grace.
We will consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until December 1, 2013.
Call for Submissions for Spring 2014: 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 consider submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction until March 1, 2014.