Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work. If you feel your work is a good fit, please complete the form linked to the bottom of this page. Thanks!

About Ofrenda Magazine

Ofrenda Magazine is a new multimedia publication that explores Xicanx and Latinx spirituality, healing arts, and earth wisdoms. Our mission is to inspire holistic wellness, ancestral connection, and spiritual creativity.

We feature works from a wide range of Xicanx and Latinx contributors—writers, artists, academics, healers, activists, and others—and those who celebrate their perspectives.

What We Publish

Topical Essays

We offer a platform for writers who can teach people about ancestral beliefs and perspectives, wisdom traditions, the cosmic sacred, mind-body-spirit wellness, and new, inspired ways of being. We look for topical explorations that show expertise and wisdom in one or more of these areas. Photo and multimedia essays are encouraged.

Practices & Rituals

We also offer a platform for wellness or healing practitioners (such as curanderx) who write articles to guide readers, step-by-step, through personal rituals or wellness practices. We look for unique practices with clear and specific instructions rather than generalized advice.

We welcome practices of various types: meditations, mindfulness exercises, limpias, astrology, altar creation and artistic practices, calendar-based rituals, traditional medicine, etc. We do not publish information about protected Indigenous ceremonies.

Testimonios (Essays, Poetry or Art)

We believe readers can benefit and experience healing when they hear other people’s journeys of ancestral connection, decolonization, and spiritual creativity (bridging new and old or East and West, for example). We look for testimonios and spiritual autobiographies that provide readers with a meaningful takeaway. These can be presented as essays, poems, or showcases of your art.

Plant Teachings / “Plantcestors”

We support a mindset shift from earth-as-commodity to earth-as-community. We welcome short articles from herbalists, ecologists, and master gardeners that profile specific plants and teach readers how to recognize, learn from, and develop a relationship with them.

You can write in depth about a single plant that you know well, or you can create a short list of plants around a topic or theme.

Meditations / Verse

Prayer, songs, evocations, and other forms of lyric or verse that serve as prompts for reflection, meditation, and connection with the elements. Please include a short narrative to provide context for the piece—perhaps a description of what prompted your writing of it or when it can be used in or as a practice.

We recommend you include an audio or video component, too. Note that we do not typically publish poetry without some sort of framing or multimedia enhancement.

When We Publish

We're publishing digital issues on a bi-monthly schedule in 2021. We also intend to publish a year-end printed anthology. Submission deadlines will be approximately six weeks before digital publication.

You are welcome to submit work for any issue at any time prior to its deadline, and we recommend that you submit your work early. Depending on all submissions received, we may fill issues prior to the due dates that are posted here. If that happens, we will consider submissions for later issues.

Due Dates

Issue 04: Power (Aug/Sept)

Themes of power and movement, late summer into early fall, thunder/monsoons/rain, maturity, fall equinox. Nature/elemental focus: Water. Due date: June 10.

Issue 05: Memoria (Oct/Nov)

Themes of harvest, food, remembering ancestors, honoring death and spirits, journeys, the other side, wisdom, altars/ofrendas, días de muertos. Due date: August 8.

Style and Formatting Instructions

Word Count

We generally look for pieces that are 750-2,000 words in length, though we accept works outside of that range.

Format

Submissions must be uploaded in a standard editable document format (.docx or .rtf). Manuscripts should be double spaced and use a generic, legible 12pt font, such as Times New Roman. Please use regular black text.

Language and Style

We’re looking for original voices of all kinds that communicate in accessible (not academic) styles. The primary language of publication is English, though we welcome works that include phrases in Spanish, Nahuatl, and other languages. If you include phrases from these languages, please provide a parenthetical translation or restatement in English.

Citations

We're not an academic publication and prefer pieces that rely mostly on the author's own knowledge as opposed to cited sources. However, if you need to cite a source, please do. As much as possible, blend the citations into your sentences. Please avoid descriptive footnotes if you can. If you need to list works cited, please use MLA style. (We simplify using a house style that is close to MLA.)

Images

We encourage you to provide photos or other images to accompany your text. Please label each file, include descriptive captions in your manuscript, and provide credit/attribution for all images included.

All images should be uploaded to the submission form as individual vector files or high-resolution JPEG files at a minimum of 300 DPI. If your image files are very large, you can, as an alternative, provide a link to a shared Dropbox or Google Drive folder that contains your downloadable images. Please do not (only) embed images in the manuscript.

Audio and Video

You can also include audio and video to enhance your piece, submitted as mp3 or mp4 files. For video, please record in a landscape orientation. For both audio and video, please include a transcript if the words are different from those in your manuscript.

Author Bios and Headshots

Submissions must include a 1-3 sentence author bio (no more than 60 words), a high-resolution headshot photo (not a pixelated one), and credit for the image. A simple selfie works!

Submission and Review Process

Timing and Steps

We accept submissions on an ongoing basis. Please upload your files and information using the form linked in the green area below. We’ll review it within approximately 4 weeks. If we determine that your work is a fitting contribution for a particular issue, we’ll provide you with editorial feedback and requests for revisions, if necessary. 

We may also ask you to audio-record your work so that we can share it through podcasting platforms.

Rights

By submitting, you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and, upon acceptance, you grant Ofrenda Magazine the rights to publish the submitted work, along with your bio and headshot, in digital and print forms.

You'll receive a detailed agreement prior to publication. For original written work, we request first serial and digital publication rights (the exclusive right to be the first to publish the work), along with the non-exclusive right to publish the work in reprint editions, collections of articles, adaptations, and anthologies, whether in print or digital format. We also request the right to include excerpts in print and digital promotional materials, including digital downloads. You retain the copyright to the work.

Multiple Submissions

Yes—You may submit multiple works for us to consider.

Simultaneous Submissions

We kindly ask that you refrain from submitting your piece to other magazines or journals if you've sent it to us for review. We try to keep our review process quick so that you can submit your work elsewhere if we don’t accept it. If you're in a rush, let us know, and we'll try to accommodate your timeline.

In gratitude

Contributors receive a modest honorarium for publication of original work in Ofrenda Magazine.

If you'd like to waive the honorarium to help support the magazine, let us know in the comments area of the submission form. We thank you!

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