We’re tired of being domestic, so in this issue we’ll explore the wild side. One response to the ills of civilization is to go feral. Learn from the animals and our innate selves. What wisdom is missing from our rational lives? Could this be the locusts and honey issue? You tell us.

We are accepting three kinds of submissions:
1. Creative nonfiction essay, investigative or research article. Length: 750 or 1500 words
Topics: Expand on one of the approaches listed below, using some sources (research or other people) besides your own experience. Or, suggest a topic of your own. Pitches should be one page, touch on the wider context of your topic, and name at least one other source you will be consulting.
Deadline for pitches: May 26
2. Flash nonfiction (and flash fiction). Length: 50-350 words. Deadline for completed piece: June 10
Topics worth pursuing:
– Name one time when you felt most wild.
– What’s your ritual for reconnecting with life?
– How do you protect yourself from the dangers of nature and the wilderness?
– Describe how you are too tame, domesticated, broken-spirited or caged (offer specific incidents and emotions).
– Camping: it puts us near forests, latrines and crawly things. How this is instructive, anchoring, freaky  or boring for you?
– In what ways are you like an animal?
– People leave church and discover “God” in nature, true for you? – why, how?
– Eco-prophets: show us who embodies a better relationship with nature (it could be yourself,  a friend, mentor, or?).
– Christianity: what’s beyond the dominator posture towards nature, anything? What would Jesus do in the face of climate change and oil spills?
– How have you been wild in the city?
– Other relevant things you can think of.
3. Wild photos
Take your camera and explore any of the above ideas. Or show us what wild is for you. Is anything “natural” anymore, uncultivated or remote? Send images that provoke or pacify, animate or incite.
Send pitches, flash non-fiction and images to
Aiden Enns
Geez 19 Features Editor,
mail: see the address below
As usual, we also invite pitches for departments:
A good way to start writing for Geez magazine is with a piece in one of our four departments. Send original stories (50-500 words) or ideas for any of these:
Geez looks for under-reported stories on topics such as workers’ rights, nature, Aboriginal affairs, social services, education, health care, foreign policy, militarism and peacemaking, race/racism, youth, media, science, queer issues, feminism. In most cases, but not all, there will be a connection — direct or implied — to a gospel of social justice. This could include the justice/environmental/political work of any religious group. Or the story could point to neglect or misconduct done by churches and others.
This is a soft news, arts-and-culture section, with agenda similar to what’s described above under News. Here we highlight fun, disturbing, creative, inspiring things that would not otherwise fit as news. It does not have to relate to the theme of the issue, but it would be good if one or two elements did. An emphasis on public art and creative activism is prime. When making decisions, we refer to phrases such as “holy mischief in an age of fast faith,” and “for people on the fringes of faith.” Length: 50-500 words
In this section we throw the spotlight on the actors and activists in the Geez community of readers. Look for personal stories of people putting words into action. Grand experiments are welcome (I bought nothing for a year), but a well-told, mini-experiment is welcome as well (I stopped to help a homeless woman crush her pop tins). There does not have to be an overt reference to faith, although that is welcome. Length: 50-500 words
In this section we highlight movies, books, websites, magazines, zines or other cultural products that connect somehow to  the “Geez agenda” (see topics mentioned under News above). Explain what cultural event or product makes you gag, wince, rejoice or exclaim. Length: 50-500 words
Tips for pitches
The Geez project is a discussion among people of faith seeking social justice. Our readers and writers express this through art, activism (that is, an creative critique of those in power and the structures that keep them there, or the promotion of alternative practices that subvert them), contemplation and a “more-grounded, inter-connected” approach to living.
Keep pitches brief, write the way you speak, tell us why your idea or story is important, indicate sources you plan to use, and say something about why you are qualified to write this piece. If you already have a completed manuscript, poem, photo or design, feel free to submit it as well. For more, see the previews of past issues on our website as well as the guidelines for writers: http://www.geezmagazine.org/submit/.
Unfortunately we are not able to respond to every pitch. If you do not hear from us within six weeks of the deadline, assume we were not able to use your idea or article.
Send emails to: <mailto:stories@geezmagazine.org>
Looking ahead
We welcome pitches, especially ambitious/whacky/quirky ones for upcoming issues.
Geez 20 Tech-intensity. Is on our relationship with technology. For example, we’ll look at social networking, pitfalls and gains (if we can find them) of virtual reality versus real reality, technology’s impact on our spirit and world.
Geez 21, 22, 23… send your ideas on
-> Cops: friends or foes? Should middle-class peacenicks call on police for safety?
-> The psychogeography of sacred space. Cement, glass, steel and carpets: does the very space we inhabit sentence our souls to capitalist dreams?
-> Play, is it the new low-impact lifestyle?
-> Worship, surely it has non-hierarchical dimensions, yes?
I look forward to hearing from you,
Aiden Enns
Geez magazine
400 Edmonton St
Winnipeg MB R3B 2M2
p. 204 942-1058