A Print and Online Literary Magazine

Submissions are now open for 2019!

email submissions to: retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com

We are interested in work that continues our conversation about the desert, opens old cliches for reinterpretation/reinvigoration, as well as innovative work that presses boundaries of form and experiments with new tropes.


Issue #1 was designed by Sara Clemens, creator of Videodame. It features writing by Cynthia Anderson, Ruth Nolan, Matthew Sherling, Ariel Fintushel, Suzanne Im, and Aria Mikkola-Sears, and photography and writing by Sean Negus and Dan Giovanelli.

We held a reading for issue one on November 18th, 2018  at Space Cowboy Books!  This special night featured poets Ruth Nolan, L.I. Henley, Nicelle Davis, Matthew Sherling, Cynthia Anderson, Sean Negus, Ariel Fintushel, and more!



Send your unpublished art, photography, poems, essays, stories, interviews, manifestos, or videos deriving from the desert, real or imaginary.  

Please attach your work in a format that can be copied and pasted (not a .pdf). Include a brief biograhpical statement and a link to your website(s) if they exist. All questions and queries should be sent to: retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com.

Cover Letter (optional): Use this space to briefly share information with us about your relationship to the desert and how it translates (or not) into your art. We would like to know what role art plays in your life overall, what your current artistic projects or driving questions are, and who/what are your influences.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts & Writing Retreat.