Founded in 2020, Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts is published by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University, a global research university in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with a campus network stretching from London to Vancouver.
Pensive publishes work that deepens the inward life; expresses a range of religious/spiritual/humanist experiences and perspectives; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; advances dialogue across difference; and challenges structural oppression in all its forms.

Call for Submissions

We invite writers and artists to send unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, photography, visual art, and translations. Submissions for the Fall 2021 issue open February 1st, 2021 and the deadline to submit is May 15th, 2021. We are especially interested in work from international and historically underrepresented communities. There is no fee for submission, and we are currently a non-paying market. Submit 3-5 pieces with a 3-5 sentence third-person biography, via Submittable. Please ensure your work is submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to Alexander Levering Kern or Jayla tillison, co-editors, at or visit

Pensive publishes twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our submission periods are February 1st through May 15th for the Fall issue and August 1st through November 15th for the Spring issue. Our response time is typically 1-2 months

Pensive is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. We also nominate work annually for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.