Terrain.org  welcomes submissions from new and experienced authors and artists alike.

General submissions of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are now open and will close on April 30, 2022. Submissions for the new Lookout: Writing + Art About Wildfire series, in collaboration with the Spring Creek Project, are now open, with a priority submission deadline of April 4, 2022, and payment of $200 per contribution. Submissions for our 13th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction will open on May 1, 2022 and close on September 5, 2022 (Labor Day).

Letter to America and ARTerrain submissions are open and are accepted year-round. 

Our online, place-based journal accepts only the finest poetry, essays, fiction, articles, artwork, videos, and other contributions—material that reaches deep into the earth’s fiery core, or humanity’s incalculable core, and brings forth new insights and wisdom. We are seeking work in English (or translation) from around the world, and particularly Indigenous, Native, Black, Brown, and other historically marginalized and underrepresented voices as we expand contributions relating to social, environmental, and climate justice. All accepted submissions by writers of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, and/or other marginalized communities whose contributions explore place particularly in the context of social, environmental, or climate justice are considered for our annual Editor's Prize of $500 per genre.

We do our best to respond to general submissions within 12 weeks and Letter to America and ARTerrain submissions within six weeks. Responses for the Lookout: Writing + Art About Wildfire series will be made in May. We will respond to contest submissions in December. Please do not submit regular submissions more than once every six months unless invited to do so.

If you are a former Terrain.org contributor, please remind us in your cover letter.

View our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit.

We are living in a new phase of the climate crisis. Millions of people are struggling to survive and make sense of our quickly changing planet where heat domes, superstorms, historic droughts, and century floods are becoming the norm. ​​Wildfires, too, are burning at an astonishing scale—from Algeria to Siberia, from the wetland marshes of the Brazilian Pantanal to the foothills of Athens and the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The era of a solo ranger watching for smoke from a fire lookout tower is over. We are all called to be on the lookout now. Whether you live on the frontlines of wildfire, in the constantly shifting plume of toxic smoke, or care deeply for the people, animals, and places that are affected by fire, we invite you to explore how we are shaping this era of megafires and how it is shaping us.

We invite writers and artists to scan the horizon and share stories and ideas that can guide us through this critical and disorienting time with such questions as: What can we learn about transformation from fire’s destructive and creative force? How should we live differently, both with each other and on the planet, in this era of wildfires? How can we honor fire as an ancient, rejuvenating element while also honoring all that has been lost to wildfire?

Partners

Terrain.org is partnering with the Spring Creek Project on this new literary, technical and artistic series that will publish beginning in May 2022. The Spring Creek Project brings together the practical wisdom of environmental science, the clarity of philosophy, and the transformational power of the written word and the arts to envision and inspire just and joyous relations with the planet and with one another. The organization hosts events and writing residences throughout the year.

Spark Your Imagination

As a source of inspiration for this call, writers and artists are invited to attend the lecture series Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfires, which Spring Creek Project is hosting on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. PST beginning January 4, 2022. The 11-week series will feature writers, artists, activists, humanities scholars, and environmental scientists.

Submission Period

Priority submission deadline is April 4, 2022, at midnight. Notifications will be made beginning in May 2022.

Payment

Writers and artists whose work is selected (whether one piece or multiple pieces) will receive an honorarium of $200.

Publication

The selected works will be published in Terrain.org beginning in May 2022 and announced via Terrain.org and the Spring Creek Project.

Selection process

Terrain.org’s editors and guest editors will read all entries and make final selections.

Genres

Original submissions will be considered for the following genres. You are welcome to submit pieces in more than one genre, but do not submit more than two submissions until you have heard back from us.

Please include a cover letter containing your brief bio with your submission, and indicate whether your submission is poetry, nonfiction, fiction, art, video, or mixed media/genre/hybrid in the cover letter.

  • Poetry need not follow any particular form. Submit from one to six poems of any length in a single document. We also consider poem/image combinations. Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files.
  • Nonfiction may include creative nonfiction, personal essays/memoir, photo essays, and other essays or articles, which need not follow any particular style. Accompanying resource links, graphics, and sidebars are encouraged. Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files. 5,000 words maximum.
  • Fiction including short stories, excerpts from novels, flash fiction, and other forms of fiction will be considered. 5,000 words maximum.
  • Art may include photographs, drawings, paintings, graphics, and/or any other visual media. Submit up to 12 images, graphics, or visual art pieces per entrant with overall project title and captions/descriptions, as appropriate.
  • Multimedia and mixed genre submissions include video/film, audio, or other work not included in the genres detailed above. Video submissions should be no more than 5 minutes long. Given the size of video and/or audio files, please post the submission on Vimeo, YouTube, Google Docs, Box, or Dropbox and share the link with your cover letter.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a Letter to America to Terrain.org.

Please submit your prose, poetry, visual art-based, video, or other Letter to America (generally up to 1,500 words) in a single document. Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files. 

View our recent Letters to America at www.terrain.org/category/letter-to-america. And learn more about our Dear America project, plus find an amazing array of Letter to America teaching resources, at www.terrain.org/dear-america.

Thank you for your interest in submitting poetry to Terrain.org. You may view our full submission guidelines at terrain.org/submit/regular-submission-guidelines.

Submit from 2 to 6 poems of any length plus your cover letter (if not pasted below) in a single document.

Poetry need not follow any particular form. Terrain.org’s Poetry section may include multiple works from single authors as well as single works from single authors. In addition to text poems, we consider poem/image combinations, video poems, image poems, hybrid forms, and online chapbooks that may contain more than 6 poems. Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files.

View our recent poetry at www.terrain.org/category/poetry.

Thank you for your interest in submitting nonfiction to Terrain.org. You may view our full submission guidelines at terrain.org/submit/regular-submission-guidelines.

Submit one essay, article, flash essay series, community case study, or other piece up to 6,000 words plus your cover letter (if not pasted below) in a single document.

Creative nonfiction, personal essays, photo essays, articles, flash essays, case studies, and other essays need not follow any particular style. Accompanying resource links, graphics, and sidebars are encouraged. Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files.

View our recent nonfiction at www.terrain.org/category/nonfiction.

Thank you for your interest in submitting fiction to Terrain.org. You may view our full submission guidelines at terrain.org/submit/regular-submission-guidelines.

Submit one story, flash fiction series, novel excerpt, radio play, or other fiction piece up to 6,000 words plus your cover letter (if not pasted below) in a single document.

Photos or other graphics may be inserted into the document, but if accepted will be requested as separate files.

View our recent fiction at www.terrain.org/category/fiction.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Terrain.org's ARTerrain gallery and artist feature.

Please submit your ARTerrain narrative or query in a single document, which may included embedded images or links to images (as well as links to video/audio). Up to 20 images may also be uploaded with your document. The images should be no less than 1600 pixels wide, when possible.

View our recent ARTerrain features at www.terrain.org/category/arterrain.

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