Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community.

We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.

Who We’ve Published

Some of the writers who have appeared in Image’s pages:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Scott Cairns
Bruce Cockburn
Robert Coles
Annie Dillard
Louise Erdrich
Mark Helprin
Oscar Hijuelos
John Irving
Ron Hansen
Philip Levine
Dana Gioia
Kathleen Norris
Mary Oliver
Robert Olen Butler
Marilynne Robinson
Sufjan Stevens
John Updike
Wim Wenders
Elie Wiesel
Richard Wilbur
Joy Williams
Rowan Williams
Christian Wiman
Lauren F. Winner

Awards and Honors

Material first published in Image has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American EssaysBest American Poetry, Best American Spiritual WritingO. Henry Prize StoriesThe Art of the EssayNew Stories from the South, Best Christian Short Stories, Best Christian Writing, and Best American Movie WritingImage has also been nominated by Utne Reader for an Alternative Press Award for Spiritual Coverage, and has been excerpted by Harper’s, the Wilson Quarterly, and Utne Reader, and featured online at Poetry Daily and on the air at the Reader's Almanac.

Editorial Board

Ronald Austin
Scott Cairns
Robert Coles
Denis Donoghue
Carolyn Forché
Gordon Fuglie
Patricia Hampl
Ron Hansen
Mark Helprin
Andrew Hudgins
Thomas Lynch
Paul Mariani
Mary McCleary
Barry Moser
Marilyn Nelson
Kathleen Norris
Theodore Prescott
Richard Rodriguez
Dan Wakefield
Jeanne Murray Walker
Wim Wenders
Rowan Williams
Christian Wiman
Lauren F. Winner
Larry Woiwode

Submission Guidelines

We welcome unsolicited submissions and consider all submissions carefully. Find our guidelines and online submission portals here.

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“Image occupies a unique place in the religion/arts world. No other journal manages to maintain such academic integrity while at the same time avoiding theological jargon. No other journal manages to offer such depth while still remaining comprehensible to a general readership. No other journal manages to be so provocative while also being so full of common sense. And no other journal in this field begins to match Image for quality of presentation. A major achievement with a rich and promising future.”
Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology, Duke Divinity School

“Just read the last copy of Image on Tuesday. So beautiful. The writing. The design. The art. All of it.”
Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

“Image is the most meaningful literary journal being published today. Each issue brings us back into an understanding that art pierces the surface of our lives to illuminate the soul; that art is, indeed, a redemptive gift from God.”
Bret Lott, author of Jewel

“This magazine fills a real gap in the area of art and religion, and I am convinced that for many people this journal will be a very important source of better understanding of the deep links between art and religion.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, author of Behold the Beauty of the Lord

“You have produced something that is fine, beautiful, and commendable. God certainly is not in need of your help, but if He were to venture an opinion I'm fairly sure that He would smile upon all that you have done. In looking over Image, I confess, I felt a sense of grace, something borne in the air, something wonderfully and almost inexplicably buoyant. My response is to say to you, Kol HaKavod, which means, in Hebrew, ‘All the honor is yours.’”
Mark Helprin, author of A Soldier of the Great War

“Image is a realistic, valuable, and extraordinarily interesting magazine. Its writing and artwork is simple, direct, and without pretension—like the best of all American writing. It deserves generous support—and applause.”
Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“Reading Image is like entering a room full of unpretentious, smart friends talking about fascinating questions. The magazine is not only beautiful; it's probing, thoughtful, and wise about art, politics, and the life of faith. I need Image, and I'm not surprised so many other people do, too.”
Jeanne Murray Walker, poet and playwright, author of The Queen's Two Bodies

“Image is a daring project, filled with the highest promise. Our nation's high culture, which is increasingly uncertain about what distinguishes high from low, is perhaps ready to be pointed toward the humane and humanizing understanding of the arts that has been in the past, and can be in the future, nurtured by biblical faith.”
Richard John Neuhaus, author of The Naked Public Square

“Image is the most exciting new journal I've seen...a beacon, a lighthouse for Christians involved in the arts.... Perhaps, like Eliot's quarterly, it will influence an entire generation. It has that potential.”
Larry Woiwode, novelist, author of Beyond the Bedroom Wall

“A first-class journal in every aspect—graphics, design, and most importantly, content...a rare and valuable prize.”
Dan Wakefield, author of Returning: A Spiritual Journey

“Image is compelling. I've seen nothing like it.”
Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television, Inc.

“A beautiful magazine.”
Madeleine L'Engle, Newbery Award-winning author

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Image seeks out and brings to its readers work of high artistic quality that engages with the historic faith traditions on a profound level, without easy answers or false uplift, and with a serious respect for beauty and truth.

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