The following journals and literary magazines have an emphasis on the environmental humanities and/or place-based writing. We welcome suggestions for other publications to add to this growing list.
The official journal of ASLE is ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. The journal publishes scholarly articles, poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction pertinent to its thematic focus.
About Place Journal is a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society.
Published continuously since 1876, Appalachia is America’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. The journal comes out twice a year, June and December.
Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
Arcadia is an online, peer-reviewed publication platform for short, illustrated, and engaging environmental histories. A partnership between the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), Arcadia’s goals are to promote visibility and connections in global environmental history and historically minded cognate disciplines and to make original research accessible for general audiences.
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems is a quarterly publication devoted to poets seeking to understand the beauty of nature and its interconnectedness with humanity.
The Bear Deluxe Magazine
The Bear Deluxe Magazine explores place-based issues though writing and the visual arts. The magazine is published by Orlo, a non-profit organization exploring environmental issues through the creative arts.
Camas: The Nature of the West
Camas aims to cultivate novel ideas and perspectives while remaining rooted in the inherited traditions of art and literature of the American West. Founded by Environmental Studies graduate students at the University of Montana in 1992, Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in the Environmental Studies program.
Canary is a literary journal that explores one’s engagement with the natural world. It is based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system.
Based in the new Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, CA., our mission is to capture the vibrant creative spirit of The West Coast in writing and art from around the world. Catamaran Literary Reader published its sixth issue in May 2014. Catamaran features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and the visual arts.
Cold Mountain Review
Multi-genre and multi-perspective; local, regional, and international; featuring the established, the neglected, and the emerging: Cold Mountain Review aims to recapture strands of its founding vision as well as to offer new and innovating ideas about place, sustainability, writing, and art. Come join us as we create the serious mischief of cultural change.
The Common is a print and digital literary journal published biannually, with a focus on short stories, essays, poems, and images that embody a strong sense of place. Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the magazine is supported in part by Amherst College and The Common Foundation.
The journal was founded in 1981 by novelist Bradford Morrow and San Francisco Renaissance poet Kenneth Rexroth. Published by Bard College every Spring and Fall, Conjunctions‘ themed issues feature innovative fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction by emerging and established authors. Some recent back issues that might be of particular interest include: Conjunctions:70, Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue; Conjunctions:64, Natural Causes: The Nature Issue; Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie; Conjunctions:49, A Writers’ Aviary: Reflections on Birds
Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts
Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts publishes poetry and short fiction and nonfiction (5000 words). In addition, they offer writing prizes in each category and a mentoring program.
Dark Mountain Project (UK)
The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. Their site includes publications, video and audio selections, and a blog.
DEEP WILD: Writing from the Backcountry
The mission of Deep Wild Journal is to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. Deep Wild is published annually each summer in a durable, easily-portable format. General submissions of essays, stories, and poems are welcome from September 1 through December 1, and submissions for the annual Student Writing Contest are open from October 15 to March 1. No submission fees. Previously published work is welcome. Visit deepwildjournal.com to view submission guidelines, sign up for the blog, and subscribe. Educational discounts and Student Contest info is available at deepwildjournal.com/studentsandteachers/.
The Dodge is a literary magazine based at the College of Wooster in Ohio. It was established in 1979 and rebooted in 2021. They publish eco-writing (poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction), writing about animals, and works in translation. The magazine opened submissions in October 2021 with a streamlined online submission process, an expanded masthead, and a new website ready to showcase new work.
Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities
Ecocene is a digital, open-access, peer-reviewed, international, and transdisciplinary journal of the Environmental Humanities. It is published biannually, with a Winter issue in December and a Summer issue in June. It aims to develop new insights and theories about the current material and conceptual challenges in the field.
Ecotone, founded in 2005 and published at UNC Wilmington, is a semiannual journal that seeks to reimagine place. Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
An online journal of ecocriticism founded in 2010, Ecozon@ is a joint initiative of GIECO (Ecocritical Research Group in Spain) and EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment) and is published by the University of Alcalá since 2014. Its principal aim is to further the study, knowledge and public awareness of the connections and relationship between literature, culture and the environment.
Through writing and visual art, Flycatcher strives to explore what it means—or what it might mean—to be native to this earth and its particular places. They publish work that engages the themes of empathy, ecology, and belonging, or that struggles with a lack of the same.
Based out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets of the word environment – at once rural, urban, and suburban – and its social and political implications.
The Fourth River
The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Programs. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild.
The Goose is the literary journal affiliated with the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC). They publish poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography. Access the archived issues at the ALECC website.
Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic
Gothic Nature is a new interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed academic journal seeking to explore the latest evolutions of thought in the areas of ecohorror and the ecoGothic. It welcomes articles, reviews, interviews, and original creative pieces from researchers and artists interrogating the darker sides of our relationship to the nonhuman.
Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism is an academic journal published by ASLE-UKI that explores the relationship between literary, artistic and popular culture and the various conceptions of the environment articulated by scientific ecology, philosophy, sociology and literary and cultural theory.
High Country News
High Country News covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. Its mission is to inform and inspire people – through in-depth journalism – to act on behalf of the West’s diverse natural and human communities. Publishes creative nonfiction (essays) along with journalistic nonfiction.
High Desert Journal
High Desert Journal is an online literary and visual art magazine dedicated to further understanding the people, places and issues of the interior West.
The Hopper is an environmental literary magazine. We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, interviews, and book reviews, all of which are paths towards an invigorated understanding of nature’s place in human life.
Journal of Wild Culture
An online journal seeking contributions of all kinds that address what matters now for later, whether it be in the zones of nature, society, culture, science, politics, or elsewhere. Much is spinning out of control, and The Journal of Wild Culture wants to be part of the discussions and stories that are at the center of thisrebalancing work.
Kudzu House Quarterly
Kudzu House Quarterly is a nonprofit journal of southern ecological thought. The journal’s tagline, “literature of an invasive species,” invites hybrid understandings of place and identity. There is an autumnal scholarly issue and three creative writing issues per year. We also review books on our blog, The Kudzu Vine.
A fully refereed journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, Landscapes welcomes submissions of scholarly articles, reviews and creative works on all aspects of the interrelationship between landscape and language, with a particular interest in ecocritical approaches.
Launched in 1989, MANOA strives to bring the literature of Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas to English-speaking readers. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Moss is a literary journal of the Pacific Northwest founded in 2014. They exclusively publish writers from, or with a substantial connection to, the region and focus on experimental and emerging voices. They have a mission to rediscover the “lost” literary culture of the Northwest and to examine broadly the influence of place on creativity.
Newfound: Art & Place
Newfound is a nonprofit publisher based in Austin, Texas, whose work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. The tri-annual journal features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual arts, reviews, and more. The press also publishes poetry chapbooks through its annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize.
Orion’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community. Publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalistic nonfiction.
The Oxford American
The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Plumwood Mountain is an online journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics published in Australia since 2014. The journal publishes poetry that may broadly be understood as engaging with a more-than-human context, in a variety of poetic forms, articles on the poetics and intent of ecopoetry, and reviews of collections of poetry that understand themselves or could be understood as ecopoetry.
Red Rock Review
Red Rock Review, a nonprofit biannual journal affiliated with the College of Southern Nevada, is dedicated to publishing quality writing, invites submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both established and emerging writers.
Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities
Resilience is a digital, peer-reviewed journal of the Environmental Humanities. It provides a forum for scholars from across humanities disciplines to speak to one another about their shared interest in environmental issues, and to plot out an evolving conversation about what the humanities contributes to living and thinking sustainably in a world of dwindling resources.
Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
Resurgence & Ecologist offers positive perspectives on a range of engaging topics covering ecology, social justice, philosophy, spirituality, sustainable development and the arts.
SAGE Magazine is a student-run environmental arts and journalism publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut. We welcome all submissions of environmental art, including long journalistic pieces, poetry, prose, digital art, photography, cartoons, cardboard cut-outs, macaroni collages, and, on occasion, sky-writing.
Saltfront is an environmental humanities literary and art journal priming society for a radically new type of ecological storytelling. We are searching for new ways to tell stories of what it means to be human amidst the monumental ecological transformations taking place on this planet.
Sky Island Journal
Sky Island Journal is an independent, free-access, online literary journal with an international reach launched in 2017. The journal publishes poetry, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), and creative nonfiction (under 1,000 words) on a quarterly basis.
Split Rock Review
Split Rock Review is a not-for-profit publication run by volunteers that love literature, art, and the wilderness.Their mission is to publish the finest literature and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. They have also established Split Rock Press in 2019.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments is an online journal published since 1998 that searches for the interface — the integration — among the built and natural environments that might be called the soul of place. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Trumpeter is an environmental humanities journal dedicated to the development of an ecosophy, or wisdom, born of ecological understanding and insight. They publish scholarly articles, narratives, poetry, book reviews, and cartoons.
Weber: The Contemporary West
Weber invites submissions in the genres of personal narrative, critical commentary, fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that offer insight into the environment and culture (both broadly defined) of the contemporary western United States.
Wild Roof Journal
Wild Roof Journal is an online art & literary publication that features work from a wide range of creative people—painters, drawers, photographers, digital artists, writers, poets, and anyone else who is passionate about the creative process and self-expression. Our publication explores the connections between the wild and tame, the natural and civilized, the spontaneous and structured.
Whole Terrain, Antioch University New England’s journal of reflective environmental practice, is dedicated to the experience of those who have chosen the environment as the basis of their professional work.
Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics
Written River is a digital literary journal published bi-annually by Hiraeth Press which focuses on poetry and non-fiction prose exploring nature and our relationship to it. We strive to encourage the discipline of ecopoetics and return the voice of the poet to the body of the Earth.
you are here: the journal of creative geography
Published by graduate students in the School of Geography & Development at the University of Arizona, the journal is an annual publication that seeks to explore the concept of place through articles, fiction, poetry, essays, maps, photographs, and art.