High Desert Journal is an online and place-based literary journal and accepts only the finest poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews, and visual arts from those living in or writing specifically about the North American High Desert West.
This season’s guest editor Leeanna Torres invites writers to submit work on the theme of querencia – the place of your deepest identity and longing. Rooted in deep place, space, or experience, this concept of querencia is ever-expanding.
HDJ’s submission period ends on April 15. Submit up to three poems; a maximum of 5,000 words of fiction or nonfiction; up to 5,000 words of interview, memoir, and essays, and up to 10 slides or digital images of artwork.
Read more about submission guidelines and submit here!
Great poetry, that’s all I ask. Any form. Any length. Make it sing. Make it say something. Grab my heart. Kick me in the gut. Make me laugh or make me cry, I don’t care, but above all make it memorable. MOVE me.Sheryl Noethe, Poetry Editor
Voice and depth are of primary concern—submissions with a unique and compelling voice that go somewhere deep are the ones I gravitate to.Laura Pritchett, Fiction Editor
I tend to gravitate, however, toward stories structured around narratives, but I am also stirred by that work which seems to push against the general mold, writing that follows the writer’s genius and not the accepted norm. I am most interested in writing that carries a unique and confident voice, combines style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to find greater meaning and understanding of the self, the west, the world.CMarie Fuhrman, Nonfiction Editor