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. 

Read our general guidelines here.

Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our 2021 Emerging Travel Writers’ Prize.

We are looking for never-been-published travel writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—fiction, nonfiction, essay or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place, people and time. 


Requirements:

  • Authors must never before have been published in the travel genre.
  • Entries must not have been published previously by any media outlet or social-media platform not owned by the author, nor have won or placed in any contest. 
  • 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.
  • Please be sure your title is crafted with intent and does not merely describe the content (i.e., nothing in the vein of "Italy" or "A Trip to Trinidad").
  • 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 anonymously, 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, double spaced, and set 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 28, 2021.

Please allow twelve to sixteen weeks for judging once the contest period has closed. We look forward to reading your work!

NB: Refunds will not be given for withdrawn submissions. Critique add-ons are OPTIONAL and NON-REFUNDABLE. We do not accept poetry for critique at this time. Details about this service are available at https://nowheremag.com/nowhere-writers-room-critiques/

Read our general guidelines here.

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

We are looking for never-been-published travel photographers from anywhere in the world to send us collections of images that possess a powerful sense of people, place or time.

Requirements:

  • Photographers must never before have been published in the travel genre.
  • Submissions must not have been published previously by any media outlet or social-media platform not owned by the photographer.
  • Collections must contain at least ten individual images, arranged thematically. Single images will not be considered.
  • Landscape-oriented images must be able to be sized to an aspect ratio constrained to 1500 pixels wide. Portrait-oriented images must be able to be constrained to 1000 pixels wide.
  • Please be sure your title is crafted with intent and does not merely describe the images (e.g., no “Photos from Cuba”).
  • Please include a brief intro (approximately 250 words) that can be published as a preface to your collection. Individual captions are not required, but may be considered.
  • 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 collections from a single photographer, submitted separately, are welcome.
  • You may include watermarks on your attachments if you wish; however, they must be removed if your submission is selected for publication.
  • Please leave off any identifying information from your attachments—no names, contact information, etc. Every submission will be reviewed anonymously, so anyone can win!

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.

Dust off your slides (okay, digital archives) or shoot something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going! The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2021.

Please allow twelve to sixteen weeks for judging. We look forward to seeing your work!

NB: Entry fees will not be refunded for withdrawals.

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