Since 2010, Badlands Literary Journal has offered a tangible instantiation of the practices advocated by the creative writing programs-through student, staff, and faculty editors-native to California State University San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. So far in its five annual issues, Badlands has provided a forum for the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and imaginative collisions of these forms. The CSUSB Palm Desert writing community intends to continue to facilitate this outlet for exciting new work until telepathy, or some advance, makes writing itself obsolete.
In particular, Badlands maintains a dedication to immigrant and indigenous voices and is especially interested in work crafted in non-English languages, whether Cahuilla or Ojibwa, Spanish or Tagalog, that lends itself to side-by-side publication of original and translation. Also,we uphold the proposition that the Coachella Valley and its adjoining regions are domains worthy of on-the-page portray and are attracted to creative efforts that explore our urban and wild land locales, such as the cityscapes of Palm Springs and Cabana, or the landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Above all, Badlands strives to make a place for voices overlooked by other journals in its pages; submitters who argue such points in their cover letters can often sway us toward acceptance.
The reading period for our seventh issue lasts from January 1 through April 30, 2016. Read our guidelines. Send us something.