Pilgrimage welcomes previously unpublished creative nonfiction, fiction, translation, and poetry submissions via Submittable and snail mail during our open calls. We generally feature one artist per issue with full color artwork on the covers and black and white artwork in the magazine's interior. Send what you think might fit, regardless of whether or not it matches an upcoming themed issue.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. Our response time is approximately 8-12 weeks after the closing of an issue’s theme. Each prose submission should have a 6000 word limit. Please send up to six poems per submission

For snail mail submissions, please include an SASE for reply only. Unused manuscripts will be recycled. 

Juan Morales, Editor/Publisher
Pilgrimage Magazine
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Department of English and Foreign Languages
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001
Ends on August 30, 2018$20.00

The winning poet will receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Pilgrimage. Submit 3-5 poems per entry. Please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you contact us immediately should the work be accepted elsewhere. The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Pilgrimage. Anyone with affiliation to a judge is ineligible to enter. For more on submission guidelines and contest ethics, visit http://www.pilgrimagepress.org/guidelines.html or read on below.

Tarantula Prize for Poetry Code of Ethics

Pilgrimage  believes that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and  transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To  that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible  and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers,  judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest  guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and  3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the  public.

Tarantula Prize for Poetry Selection Process

1st Round of Judging: Blind read by editors. Finalists will then be forwarded to the contest judge for the second round of judging.

2nd Round of Judging: Blind read by contest judge.

Conflicts of Interest: Anyone with affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter.

Fall/Winter 2018 (42.1)-Flora, Fauna, & Lore

Outside, the other voices are speaking.

Pine needles sing with rain

and a night crawler

with its five hearts

beats it

across the road.

In silence

the other voices speak

and they are mine

and they are not mine

and I hear them

and I don’t,

and even police can’t stop earth telling.

—“The Other Voices” by Linda Hogan

For  our next issue, we are embracing our natural world. We are folding up  our maps and wandering into the woods. We are using our writing to  preserve the environment, to speak out against injustices to nature, and  considering ecopoetics and ecocriticism. We are pursuing passed down  stories, folktales, myths, urban legends, and origins. Send us your  poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, experimental forms, or writing  that greets and challenges the theme.

Closes August 15, 2018.

To be considered for publication in our Translation Folio, please submit the following, with the original versions and the translations:

 ·      Up to six poems

·      Prose pieces of up to 5000 words

·      OR, a combination of prose and poetry totaling 5000 words


Translations should connect to the theme of the issue for which they are being submitted, and can be uploaded through submittable.


If your translations are accepted for publication, we will ask you for an introductory essay of up to 1500 words, to contextualize the original(s) and highlight the importance of translating these texts into English.

Pilgrimage considers art submissions throughout the year. Please use Submittable to send print-ready images in high-resolution 300 DPI format with B&W print conversion in mind, if your images are in color. Each issue of Pilgrimage generally features a single artist's full color work on the front and back covers with additional interior B&W images. We prefer to have 6-8 images to consider, but you can submit with links to your work. We understand that many artists store images of their work on websites, and we are happy to consider your work from those links. Keep our upcoming themes in mind when you submit.

Pilgrimage Press