Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions, letters to the editor, and submissions for possible publication in PILGRIM to the following email address:
If you do not use email, please address your correspondence to our editor:
Bronwen McShea, Editor
594 Orange St. #3
New Haven, CT 06511
Readers are invited to offer suggestions for our journal's visual as well as written content. We are especially interested in tips for artistic content -- paintings, drawings, poems, fiction pieces, songs -- from the past by Catholic artists, especially less familiar artists from any cultural or national background.
With regard to unsolicited submissions for possible publication, please read the guidelines, below, carefully before sending any work.
If you would like to participate in our discussion through prose, poetry, fiction, or the visual arts, PILGRIM invites you to submit your work for possible publication. We encourage you to submit regardless of whether you have published anything before.
General guidelines: Humanistic in our approach, we are interested in all subjects that concern the life and destiny of real men and women. We seek work of intellectual, literary, and artistic merit which is also comprehensible to a general audience. Work that is abstruse or heavily annotated will not be accepted. Work that is published will reflect the Catholic viewpoint either of the author or, indirectly, the editors, insofar as it is deemed relevant to PILGRIM's mission.
We will not accept material containing unfounded assertions or ad hominem arguments.
We are uninterested in work that is primarily apologetic in purpose, intended primarily to persuade non-Catholics or Catholics who may disagree with specific teachings affirmed by popes and ecumenical councils of the Roman Catholic Church to change their opinions. Reflections on Catholic doctrines and moral principles, including personal testimonies of why a given teaching has been helpful or difficult to accept, are nevertheless welcome for consideration.
We are also uninterested in advancing political parties, candidates, or ideologies per se. Contributors are welcome to discuss social and economic issues and a wide range of topics relevant to politics, but our goal at PILGRIM is reflection, not advocacy.
Feature-lenth articles: Drafts should range between 2,000-5,000 words and contain no footnotes. Block quotations and parenthetical citations are acceptable, and all quotations should be clearly referenced with a source name somewhere nearby in the text of the draft.
Short Essays and Reviews: Drafts should be 800-1500 words. Short essays that relate creatively to the theme of pilgrimage are particularly welcome. Reviews of books, movies, TV series, musical performances, etc., may treat older works as well as contemporary works of interest to PILGRIM's readers.
Short stories or chapters of unpublished fiction works: Drafts should range from 1,500 to 5,000 words but this length is negotiable upon consultation with the editors.
Poetry and the visual arts: We are interested in cultivating mature artistry that is rooted in the Catholic sense of life and animated by love of God, neighbor, and Creation. We are therefore open to original submissions that employ traditional as well non-traditional forms, and we wish to learn from the vision of artists whose work may challenge common assumptions about what art made by Christians should and can look, feel, and sound like. Work that creatively addresses the theme of pilgrimage is particularly welcome.
Format: Please submit written work in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt format, and digital photographs or scans of original visual artwork in .jpg
format, to email@example.com.
If you do not hear back from us: Do not hesitate to double check that your submission has been received and considered. We cannot guarantee a reply to every message, and we cannot guarantee a prompt reply, but we will do our best to consider everything that is sent to us and to reply with a definite answer as to whether or not we can publish your work.
Remuneration: We cannot afford at this time to remunerate writers and artists for their submissions.
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