Submissions – Now Open!

We invite writers and artists to send unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, photography, visual art, and translations for our Spring 2023 Issue of Pensive. This issue is open-themed with a special section on spiritual/interfaith responses to current global events underrepresented in media, as well as voices from the "inside” and “outside" such as incarcerated persons, persons experiencing homelessness, refugees, asylum seekers, and their allies. Submissions for the Spring 2023 issue open August 1st and the deadline to submit is November 15, 2022.

There is no fee for submission, and we are currently a non-paying market. Submit 3-5 pieces (max word count: 5000) with a 3-5 sentence third-person biography, via Submittable. Please ensure your work is submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to our editorial board at pensivejournal@gmail.com.

Founded in 2020, Pensive is published online biannually by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University, and showcases work that deepens the inward life; expresses a range of religious/spiritual/humanist experiences and perspectives; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; advances dialogue across difference; and challenges structural oppression in all its forms. We are especially interested in work from international and historically underrepresented communities.

Pensive publishes twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our deadlines are November 15th for the Spring issue and May 15th for the Fall issue. Submissions are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

Pensive is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. We also nominate work annually for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Founded in 2020, Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts is published by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University, a global research university in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with a campus network stretching from London to Vancouver.

Pensive publishes work that deepens the inward life; expresses a range of religious/spiritual/humanist experiences and perspectives; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; advances dialogue across difference; and challenges structural oppression in all its forms.