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.

Read our general guidelines here.

Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our inaugural Emerging Travel Writers’ Prize.

We are looking for never-been-published writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—long-form fiction, short story, narrative nonfiction, essay or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place. 


  • Authors must never before have been published.
  • Entries must not have been published previously in any form. 
  • Entries must be submitted in English, though authors may be located anywhere in the universe.
  • 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.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please indicate this in your cover letter. If your submission is accepted elsewhere for publication during the 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. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!
  • Please do not insert graphics, images or video into your attachment. Please use a widely available font (Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, etc.) in 12-point size, with spacing set to 1.5 or 2 and with 1-inch margins.

The winner will receive US$500, 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 February 29, 2020

We look forward to reading your work!

Nowhere publishes literary travel writing, photo essays and, sometimes, video. To us, that means anything with a strong sense of place, character or time. Most of our submissions are from seasoned photographers, but we are also interested in stories from anthropologists, musicians, poets, film directors and anyone else who spends time traveling with a camera.

We have featured photos of of the Cane River National Heritage Area in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, snapshots from across Brazil from a photographer just beginning his now-successful career and a moving collection of images from the Oceti Sakowin Camp during their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nowhere is produced by working journalists. We are trying to make something different—something without space or content limitations that’s as fulfilling for the writer or photographer as it is for the reader. We like rich detail, unusual perspective and tight collections of perhaps a dozen thematic images. We’d love to see a portfolio about a Kansas City street corner that is significant for some reason. We don’t want destination, how-to or service fluff of any kind. Be sure your submission is all color or all black and white. Please remove your name or other identifying details from your submissions, as we review all entries blind.

Please allow eight to ten weeks for our very small staff to review your work.