One hundred percent of the content in Nowhere comes from submissions. Thirty percent of the stories we publish are by first-time writers. We don’t take just anything; submitting is competitive, and our staff focuses a keen eye on narrative, setting, character, story arc, detail, research, reporting and authenticity. With fifty years of editing experience in the travel world on our masthead, the editing process is comprehensive—making your work look its best before publishing.
We support our writers by submitting the best stories of the year to contests and anthologies. The magazine and its contributors have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing, Lowell Thomas Travel Awards and magazines and reviews around the world. We write blurbs and reviews for our authors, as well as publicize their books and other work on our social media. We aim to cultivate a welcoming, encouraging space in which anyone—portfolio or no—can engage and entertain readers who return to Nowhere for the best travel writing, anywhere.
Nowhere’s audience seeks long-form, complex stories, and they take delight and care in reading your work. They aren’t looking for a quick fix or a forgettable distraction. If that sounds like your people, we are your introduction.
Nowhere is now offering professional review for non-fiction, fiction and essay contributions. (We do not offer this service for poetry at this time.) Each critique includes a two- to four-page markup focusing on structure, detail, setting, narrative arc, dialog, digression, modifiers, point of view, active verbs, pacing, research, voice and present action. Because we believe that there is no substitute for live teaching, you will also receive a 30-minute phone conference that walks you through the edits. This is an opportunity for genuine back-and-forth—an intimate, one-on-one workshop experience unique to you and your story, where questions are encouraged and we work together to make the most of your material.
In our edits and discussions, we’ll cover ledes, nut grafs, cliffhangers and kickers, while advising you on how to avoid cliché, nostalgia, blocking, overwriting and the many traps mainstream travel writers fall into today. We also will provide examples and reading recommendations tailored to you. We do not perform line editing, copy editing, proofreading or fact checking, nor do we offer legal advice or guidance on literary publishing. Critiques do not assure publication in Nowhere or elsewhere.
Up to 3,000 words: $125
3,000 to 5,000 words: $175
Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for review.
Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our annual Fall Travel Writing Prize.
We are looking for novice and veteran writers of any stripe to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of people, place and time. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!
Requirements (read our general guidelines here):
+ Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript.
+ Stories should run between eight hundred and five thousand words. Poetry may be any length, and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry.
+ Entries must be submitted in English, though authors may be located anywhere in the universe.
+ Previously published work is eligible. Please indicate this, with proper attribution details, in your cover letter.
+ Entries must not previously have been chosen the winner of any contest.
+ Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please indicate this in your cover letter. If your submission is awarded another prize during this contest period, please withdraw your entry.
+ Multiple entries from a single author, submitted individually, are welcome.
+ Please leave off any identifying information from your attachment—no names, contact information, etc. We intend to read every submission totally blind.
+ Please do not insert graphics, images or video into your attachment. Please use a widely available 12-point font (e.g., Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, etc.), with spacing set to double and with 1-inch margins.
The winner will receive US$1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published.
Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going! The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on December 15, 2021.
Please allow at least six months for judging to be completed once the competition period closes. All entrants will be notified of our decision via Submittable. We look forward to reading your work!
[NB: If you elect to purchase a critique as an add-on at the time of your submission, please be sure to thoroughly read our guidelines before doing so: https://nowheremag.com/nowhere-writers-room-critiques/. We cannot accept poetry for paid review at this time, and Submittable is unable to issue a partial refund for just a critique if you purchase one in error.]