Publishing in Ofrenda

About Ofrenda

Ofrenda Magazine is a multi-platform publication that invites readers to explore Xicanx and Latinx spirituality and healing arts. Our mission is to inspire holistic wellness, ancestral connection, social and ecological justice, and spiritual creativity. We publish creative and informative works from a wide variety of contributors, including writers, artists, academics/scholars, cultural workers, curanderx (and other healers), and more.

Ofrenda is meant to be a nourishing and healing resource—a place readers return to weekly for spiritual grounding, affirmation, learning, and connection. Ofrenda publishes teachings and think pieces under the umbrella of Cosmovision and Culture; specific tools and how-tos under Spiritual and Healing Practices; and personal reflections and experiences/art under Testimonios. In addition, we publish selected book excerpts, interviews, and poetry.

Our Audience

We cater to an audience that is reflective, educated/self-educated, and socially involved—people who are, perhaps, working to decolonize their own spiritual lifeways; looking for ways to connect to earth, cosmos, and all the elements; healing from and interrupting toxic patterns (in themselves, their families, and the broader world); seeking fellow spiritual activists and justice workers; and looking to learn about specific healing practices and ancestral perspectives. In addition, they’re looking for people who echo their stories and experiences. They want to feel seen, heard, and respected.

A New Format in 2022

We’re changing the format of Ofrenda Magazine as we head into our second year. Rather than publishing bi-monthy digital issues, we will be releasing new content online every month. In addition, we’ll be publishing two (bi-annual) print volumes; these will be available for purchase through select stockists (more details to come; look for it in our email newsletter).

Call for Submissions 2022

Next Due Date: February 1, 2022

Starting in 2022, we'll be releasing new online content every month, and we'll produce two print collections. Your submissions will be considered for all formats. Use the following themes for inspiration.

We generally look for in-depth features that are 2,000+ words and shorter pieces that are 750-1,500 words in length. But word counts can vary. Choose the length that best supports your work.

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Theme 1: Nourishment

We’re curating content around the idea of nourishment: literal and metaphorical. What nourishes you—body, mind, and spirit? Send us your work on food and spirituality; plant medicine that nourishes/restores; food as medicine; ancestral food systems/practices and their cosmological roots; spiritual activism related to food, land, and food systems; eating or cultivating food as a spiritual practice; recipes tied to spiritual or bodymindspirit healing practices; rootedness and querencia that nourishes; your testimonios related to whatever spiritually grounds or nourishes you; spiritual and healing practices (methods or how-tos) that nourish you and others, including the earth and other life.

Due date: February 1, 2022

Theme 2: Balance

A key concept in the cosmovision of our Indigenous familia and Mesoamerican ancestors is balance. Curanderismo, too, is said to be the practice of “bringing the body, mind, emotions, and soul back into a state of balance” (Ixtoii Paloma Cervantes). We’re curating content that teaches readers about these ancestral ideas/cosmologies and about modern practices/methods that can support a state of balance—within humans/bodies, in communities, and between humans and the earth (think: ecological healing practices or responses). These practices might be from curanderismo or from other traditions and perspectives. In addition, we welcome testimonios, photo essays, and art on this theme: How are you creating or tending to bodymindspirit balance? What does balance look like (bodies, communities, earth)?

Due date: February 1, 2022

Theme 3: Cycles

For this theme, we look to the movement of the sky and orient ourselves in the seasons. One way to “decolonize spirituality” is to start thinking cyclically instead of linearly. We’re curating content focused on the cosmos, seasons, planets, calendrical cycles, and time-space. Send us your essays that help us understand and reflect on ancestral perspectives; that help us attune to the seasons or seasons of life; that teach about plant medicine and planets; that help us orient ourselves and find connection within the universe. We’d also like to explore ancestral astrology (concepts, calendars) and modern astrology as a healing practice: for example, how might understanding your birth chart, or specific elements of a chart, be healing? We welcome your think pieces, testimonios, art, and healing/spiritual practices. You can zoom in on a particular season or cycle or consider the theme broadly.

Due date: May 1, 2022

Theme 4: Rootedness/Truth

As Miguel León-Portilla writes in Aztec Thought and Culture, the Nahuatl word for truth, neltiliztli, is etymologically related to the ideas of a solid foundation, being “deeply rooted,” and, ultimately, “well-grounded stability.” Ofrenda contributor Patricia Chicueyi Coatl also writes about this idea in her piece “Sunkissed: Seed, Root, Stem, Leaf.” Elaborating on the metaphors, we invite you to send us your creative pieces on rootedness, truth, stability, and authenticity. What is your truth? What roots and stabilizes you? How do you step forward authentically? What supports this process for you and others? We welcome think pieces, testimonios, and other creative works. We’d like to publish at least one strong submission from someone who can reflect on the significance of the Nahuatl meaning. For this theme, we’re also especially interested in photo essays and other visuals. Share your words and show us your truth. 

Due date: May 1, 2022

Formatting and Submitting Your Work

When you're ready to submit your work, please use the form at the bottom of this page. We require your contact information, bio, and a headshot along with your manuscript. Please send a large, high-resolution image for your headshot.

Manuscript Format

Upload your written manuscript as a Word document (.docx). Manuscripts should be double spaced and use a generic, legible 12pt font, such as Times New Roman. Please use regular black text. Follow additional instructions below that might pertain to your piece.

Language(s) and Style

We’re looking for original voices of all kinds that communicate in broadly accessible (not academic) styles. The primary language of publication is English, though we welcome works that include words or phrases in Spanish, Nahuatl, and other languages.

If you include phrases from these languages, please provide a parenthetical translation or restatement in English. If you include phrases in Nahuatl, please share which dialect you prefer, along with a link to a dictionary or similar reference for spelling. (We acknowledge that there are several varieties of Nahuatl, and we would like to respect yours.)

Citations

Ofrenda is not an academic publication, and we prefer pieces that rely mostly on the author’s own expertise and experience 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 print-quality JPEG files (a minimum of 300 DPI at 11 x 17 inches).

Important: You must have the legal right to share/publish these images as your own. Do not copy/paste from the internet or add others’ artwork without their written permission. If there’s an artist you like, and you feel their work would illustrate your ideas well, provide us with their name and examples, and we’ll try to obtain the appropriate permissions to publish their work with yours.

Audio and Video

You can also include audio and video to enhance your piece, submitted as mp3 or mp4 files.

Rights and Permissions

If we accept a piece, we’ll send you a permissions agreement with contributor-friendly publishing terms. A quick summary: We request first serial publication rights (typical of magazines) and reprint rights (to reprint it in any Ofrenda collections or ancillary products that we might produce this year or in the future). You retain the copyright.

Honoraria (Payment)

Thanks to a generous grant from Kalliopeia Foundation, we are able to extend a modest honorarium* ($150–500) for accepted pieces.

*Subject to change based on our needs and budget. Because of our fiscal sponsor agreement, paid contributors must be based in the United States for tax purposes. International contributors can donate pieces if they wish.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve shared our responses to the most frequently asked questions below; if you have any more questions, feel free to reach out on our Contact page.

What’s the focus of Ofrenda Magazine?

The general focus of the magazine is Latinx and Xicanx healing and spirituality—sometimes reflecting “nepantla spirituality,” or “spiritual mestizaje,” and often incorporating elements of curanderismo and similar traditions. We recognize this “spirituality” comes in many forms, and we encourage you to interpret the definition broadly. In general, we have a strong orientation toward earth, healing, embodiment, and interconnectedness. In submissions, we look for strands of any of the following: 

  • earth- and cosmos-centered (or integrated) perspectives; 
  • curanderismo and similar healing arts/practices; 
  • the inner and embodied sacred: intuition, intention, prophetic/ancestral/attuned wisdom, inner power, sensory and visceral energy, and inner knowing as guides;
  • Indigenous (Nahua and other) practices, archetypes, and influences, such as the four sacred directions, danza, or the energies that have been called “gods and goddesses”;
  • the influential teachings/leanings of Gloria Anzaldúa and her peers on conocimiento, nepantla, spiritual activism, and related ideas; 
  • African ancestry within Latinx spiritual expression and healing practices; 
  • exploration with Eastern traditions (e.g., Buddhism) and metaphors or terminology (e.g., chakras, mindfulness);
  • environmental justice rooted in ceremony and spirituality;
  • the process of decolonizing spirituality, including moving beyond or healing from oppressive (patriarchal) religious influences and the violence of colonization.
Are you a religious group?

No, we are not a religious publication or affiliated with any particular religious organization, though we do encourage exploration of topics and themes (e.g., spirituality, wisdom, faith, belief, epistemology, ontology, ethics, material expression) that are sometimes placed in that bucket.

Why Latinx (instead of Latino or Latine)?

We currently use “Latinx” and “Xicanx” as cultural labels for this collective work, although we recognize the imperfection and ongoing evolution of these terms. Our primary audience is English speaking and based in the U.S., where the use of Latinx is relatively common.

We use Latinx instead of Latino to honor all the gender expressions among our community. We use Xicanx rather than Chicano to honor the leadership of feminists/mujeristas who first started using the X at the beginning of “Xicanisma.”

We might evolve these labels over time, depending on what our audience finds most respectful and inclusive. We encourage you to identify as you wish. You are welcome here.

Why do you publish in English?

Our primary audience is based in the U.S., and we have the editorial bandwidth to focus only on English for now. We would like to produce a bilingual version in the future. We welcome funding for this purpose if you’d like to support the work.

If you want to submit but don’t feel that English is your strongest language, please don’t worry. We’ll help edit any work that we accept.

Do you publish people who don’t identify as Latinx or Xicanx?

Yes. While most of our contributors identify as Latinx (or something similar), we also publish the work of people who could be called “allies.” We look for wisdom and understanding.

Do you publish work that has already been published?

Yes and no. We definitely consider publishing book excerpts and pieces that have been published in print (in part, to help you sell books you’ve written). For SEO purposes, we do not publish work that has already been published online (on the searchable web). We don’t, for example, republish blog posts.

Who funds your work?

Currently, Ofrenda is a start-up, operating mostly with the volunteer energy of founder Marcy Carbajal. We have received a generous grant from Kalliopeia Foundation that allows us to pay an honorarium to contributors and contractors.

We are actively seeking the partnership of additional donors and granting organizations so that we can sustain our work and grow our team, and we welcome inquiries from anyone who’d like to help. (Say hello at ofrendamagazine.com/contact.)

Currently, we collaborate with a nonprofit 501c3 fiscal sponsor called Fractured Atlas, which provides the infrastructure that allows us to receive donations and grants. Please see the required legal language below.

Ofrenda Magazine is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Ofrenda Magazine must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.