High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West.

We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. High Desert Journal is looking for quality work that illuminates the landscape of the interior West, the people and the relationships between the two. We accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West.

We publish biannually (in November and May) and review submissions year round.

Please send queries for book reviews to You may submit up to three poems; a maximum of 5,000 words of fiction and nonfiction; up to 3,000 words of interview, memoir and essays, and up to 10 slides or digital images of artwork. If any work exceeds or does not fit our mission, we will disregard your submission.

Submissions are only accepted via SubmishMash.