A sampling of literary journals
Bear Deluxe (Orlo, a nonprofit organization, Portland, Ore.) "Using the creative arts to explore environmental themes." Annual Doug Fir Fiction Award includes residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Camas The Nature of the West (University of Montana) "A biannual environmental literary magazine." Concentrates on environmental writing; also publishes feature journalism, photography and artwork.
Cirque (Anchorage, Alaska) "The best writing in the North Pacific Rim." Only writers currently or formerly living in the area, defined as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Yukon Territory, Alberta, British Columbia and Chukotka.
Cutbank (University of Montana) "Global in scope with a regional bias." The journal's tagline "where the big fish lie" could be interpreted in several ways. Publishes chapbooks in all three genres.
Hayden's Ferry Review (Arizona State University) "Identifying and supporting artists whose work ... is of significant cultural merit." Also publishes translations and art.
High Desert Journal (Bend, Ore.) "Dedicated to further understanding the people, places and issues of the interior West." Work submitted must have a high-desert theme; also publishes book reviews, interviews and visual art. www.highdesertjournal.com
Matter Journal (Wolverine Farm Publishing Co. & Bookstore, Fort Collins, Colo.) "Our many areas of interest -- art, agriculture, bicycles, wilderness, environmental concerns." Annual, check website for themes; also Matter Prize for Fiction.
Permafrost Magazine (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) "The farthest north literary journal" also sponsors a fiction and poetry prize.
Pilgrimage (Pueblo, Colo.) "Story. Spirit. Witness. Place. An invitation to inward and outward exploration." Focuses on the greater Southwest and beyond; fiction by invitation only, translations and "inter-lingual work" encouraged.
Superstition Review (Arizona State University) "Named for the beautiful mountains north of campus. … Publishes art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry." Student-edited, online only with its own podcast series.
Whitefish Review (Whitefish, Mont) "A slant toward mountain culture." Also publishes art, photography and interviews; sponsors the annual Rick Bass/Montana Prize for fiction.
Zoetrope: All-Story (San Francisco, Calif.) "Quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays." Won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. Holds regular live readings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
Zyzzyva (San Francisco, Calif.) "The best prose, poetry, and visual art by West Coast writers and artists -- along with the occasional piece from east of California." The name was inspired by the last word in the dictionary and also denotes a tropical weevil beetle. Submissions by snail mail only.
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