literature • art • faith

Illuminate is an online journal exploring literature, visual art, and faith. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and art.

“The art that matters to us, which moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for living, however we choose to describe the experience, that work is received by us as a gift is received.”

~ Lewis Hyde, The Gift

call for submissions


Illuminate Journal stands in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities during this time of pain and public outcry for change and justice for those who have been the victims of racism, prejudice, police brutality, and acts of violence. We also acknowledge the increased acts of anti-Asian racism and hate fueled by COVID-19. We support all who peacefully speak out, take action, and protest to bring an end to systemic racism.

We grieve for the lives lost at the hands of violence. Collectively, we can no longer sweep it aside, rationalize it, or ignore it.

It is time for us to deeply listen, further educate ourselves, and take action.

At Illuminate Journal, we are reflecting on how to respond and be a catalyst for change in the arts community and beyond. We want to take a stand to support and amplify the voices of racialized and marginalized artists. We want to learn about and dismantle the conscious and unconscious biases that breed racism and fuel hatred.

We believe that literature is a means to give voice and words to the unspeakable. Literature has the power to effect change, the ability to offer hope in times of hopelessness. It provides solace and guidance for those in need. It helps us to imagine a better future.

In Breaking Down the Silence: Race Matters we are inviting the work of writers and artists of all racial backgrounds to submit works that speak to the themes of racism, social justice,  and discrimination.

We are accepting works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, hope stories, and book reviews.

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On a prairie patchwork blanket of earth Life was interrupted at the crossroads One life, and the many, fused together and apart In an instant and then forever.   Ice had moved them there Pushing their dreams Until they glided down that highway Towards their...

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Truro, Nova Scotia, 1976    Ribbons of sunlight fell across the tree limb on which Carol sat. She was winding strands of her golden hair around a leaf stem and reading the best book ever—Where the Wild Things Are. When she got to the part of the story where Max was...

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

  Brother Jacob tell me your dreams The one where you saw; he who redeems Us from this dust; we call the earth That same soil where your kindred give birth   To many more dreamers like me and my pen Who point to the stone where he lay and just then Proclaim...

Calling Your Name

Calling Your Name

Your hard work is over And the payment is made Find me in the desert Where the highway is laid   In the wild you’ll hear me Calling your name The mountains and valleys Will all be the same   You bent and you broke Like a blade of grass But I promised forever...



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featured story

The Living Years by Peter Boven

There was a concert I attended way back in the day.

The band performed many songs, and my friends and I enjoyed them all. But, being so long ago, my memory of that night pretty much stops there. Many evenings in our lives are destined to be recalled like this, I suppose. Maybe most evenings. If you ask me the details of any of the innumerable evenings in my life so far, I will most likely have to answer in generalities. An evening with friends? —we ate pizza and watched the Toronto Maple Leafs play hockey. An evening with family? —we ate dinner and watched “The Walking Dead” or played cards. An evening alone? —I read a book. Did we genuinely enjoy those evenings?  —Yes. But we have lost the details. They live in no one’s memory.


A Message From Our Editor

Illuminate Journal’s mission is to create a platform for writers to showcase their work, build a thriving community for writers, and to bridge the gap between writers, artists, and the church.

The Illuminate team is excited to publish your best literary and artistic work. We’re interested in what compels you to write, whether that be about the writing life, mountain climbing, dance, photography, sports, under-water sea diving, travel, artistic passions, history, photography… as well as stories of faith and living in purpose.

If you enjoy the content published, we urge you to leave a positive review, contact our authors and artists, follow them on social media, and spread the word. If you’d like to get involved— please contact us!

Kiernan Antares