Pilgrim Stories: A Collection of Ignatian Storytelling

Submission Details

We are accepting submissions between February 1, 2022 and May 15, 2022. 

In our next installment of “Pilgrim Stories,” we’re looking for fiction and poetry that reflect the Ignatian imagination. This might mean a creative take on the story of a Jesuit saint, or a story that reflects a faith doing justice. It might be a poem that interprets the magis or a flash piece that tells the tale of a contemplative in action. It might be set in present day, or in the days of the early Jesuits. Be creative, take risks and challenge us to reflect on what the Ignatian tradition can means for our own imagination.

Accepted submissions will be posted on our website and included in the first issue of our downloadable “Pilgrim Stories” magazine, released on July 31, 2022 in celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius and the close of the Ignatian Year.

What we’re looking for:

  • Original, previously unpublished pieces of flash fiction (400 to 1,000 words), short stories (1,000 to 2,500 words) and poetry.
  • Fiction must be character-driven. Put us in a scene that showcases real characters doing real things.
  • Fictional stories of lived Ignatian spirituality. Don’t preach; show. Let us see what it means to put this spirituality into action.
  • Saints and sinners. These don’t need to be stories that only showcase the best of the Ignatian tradition. 
What we’re NOT looking for:
  • Long monologues that preach and don’t show.
  • Memoir, creative nonfiction, or research papers. 
If you’re a visual artist who has something you think we should see and that might fit with this project, email Eric Clayton at the address below.
Selected contributors will receive a stipend, as well as an opportunity to be featured across Jesuit media platforms, including podcasts, videos and more.

If you are interested in submitting your work, please complete the following submission form. If you have any questions, email eclayton@jesuits.org.

Read the first two stories.

The Pilgrim's Book

by Ryan Carroll

The Provincial and the Pilgrim

by John Dougherty

Listen to a conversation with the authors.

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