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High Desert Journal

About High Desert Journal: HDJ is a literary and visual arts magazine dedicated to further understanding the people, places and issues of the interior West.

Contact Information:

PO Box 8554

Missoula, MT 59807

Phone: (406) 239-1519

Email: information@highdesertjournal.com

Web: highdesertjournal.com

Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes Reading period: year-round Response time: 8-12 weeks Payment: copies Contests: yes ISSN: 1555-7251 Founded: 2004 Issues per year: 2 Distributors: Ingrams, Small Changes Copy price: $10 Average pages: 54 Sample price (postpaid): $5 Subscription (Ind) 1 year: $16 Subscription (Inst) 1 year: $30

Publisher’s description: "High Desert Journal is a truly first-class venue for writing and visual art. It is a center of energy, hope and evolving community. How I would have loved it if a magazine like it had existed when I was trying to get started in Warner Valley, wondering if anybody was out there who shared my reverences and concerns."
—William Kittredge

HDJ is a voice for the landscape and the people of the interior West. Through beautifully designed pages of literature and visual arts, HDJ has created an evolving conversation that deepens an understanding of the people, places and issues of the interior West, a region rich in creativity, history and flux, yet often overlooked for its cultural resources.

Since 2004, HDJ has uniquely combined the elements of the West: elegance and grit, urban and rural, arid and wet. HDJ is a publication that:

  • Elicits a sense of place, inspires connection and stimulates respect.
  • Allows for discovery of literature and art that honors the myths and evokes the emergent West.
  • Garners respect and reverence for strong content and design.
  • Portrays the past and present for perspective of the assets and challenges of life in the West.
Recent issues:

The Spring 2014 issue features fiction by Laura Jean Schneider and Kathi Shannon; nonfiction by Sean Prentiss, Annie Lampman, Jonathan Rovner, and Kate Lebo; and poems—Mary Kay Kneif’s “Here Come the Buffalo,” Jon Davenport’s “Discontinuous Traits,” and Stephen Cloud’s “Desert Mirage.” Plus art by Brad Adkins, Vanessa Renwick, Marc Baseman, Marcy James, and Deborah Ford and a review of Laura Pritchard’s When the Stars Go Blue by Jamie Houghton.

The Fall 2013 issue features fiction from Robert Stubblefield, Wiley Jones, and Maxim Loskutoff; nonfiction from Aimee Lyn Eaton, Shawna Bethell, Melissa Mylchreest, Ellen Waterson, Keri Rosenstein, Kim Cooper Findling, and Amy A. Whitcomb; poetry by Shaun T. Griffin and Mary Jane Nealon; art by Roger Walker, Apolonia Susana Santos, and Clare Carpenter; and a review by Jamie Houghton of Russell Rowland’s High and Inside.

Issue 17, Spring 2013 features poetry by Robert Wrigley, Sheryl Noethe, and Judith H. Montgomery; fiction by David James Duncan, James Stolen, and Glen Chamberlain; nonfiction by Richard Toon, Russell Rowland, Beth Loffreda, Elizabeth Quinn, Daniel Duford, Ellen Waterson, and Mark E. Swisher and Dennis L. Jenkins; and art from Jeff Leake, Janice Druian, Gabriel Manca, Ryan LaBar, and Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.


last updated 06/09/2014