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

Submissions for our 13th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction close on September 5, 2022 (Labor Day). Look for a response in early December 2022.

Submissions for the inaugural Sowell Emerging Writers Prize (a full manuscript in nonfiction published by Texas Tech University Press) will open August 1.

ARTerrain submissions are open and are accepted year-round. General submissions of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction will open again on December 15.

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 16 weeks and ARTerrain submissions within six weeks. 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.

The Sowell Collection at Texas Tech University, in partnership with Terrain.org and Texas Tech University Press, invites book-length manuscript submissions of nonfiction in English on themes about and related to the natural world by writers who have published no more than one book in any genre.

We are especially interested in submissions that explore the relationship between human communities and nature and may be informed by scientific inquiry and/or personal experience.

The Sowell Emerging Writers Prize will accept submissions in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction on a rotational basis and in that order: nonfiction in 2022, poetry in 2023, fiction in 2024, and so on.

The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World at Texas Tech University holds the personal and professional papers of prominent American writers on the natural world. The Sowell Collection was established in 2001 when it acquired the papers of National Book Award–winning writer Barry Lopez. Since then, the Collection has acquired the papers of some 30 American writers including Rick Bass, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, William Kittredge, J. Drew Lanham, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Gary Nabhan, Robert Michael Pyle, David Quammen, Pattiann Rogers, and others.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions open August 1

Submission deadline: October 31

The winner will receive book publication by Texas Tech University Press and a $1,000 honorarium.

The reading fee is $25.

Submissions must be previously unpublished (publication of excerpts or individual essays in literary journals and magazines is acceptable, as are portions that contain previously published chapbooks up to 24,000 words). All forms of literary nonfiction are eligible (including but not limited to memoir, personal essays, investigative reporting, science writing, etc.).

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please withdraw your manuscript promptly if it is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Include a bio of fewer than 100 words in your cover letter. Do not include your name on the title page or in the header or footer of the manuscript. The Sowell Emerging Writers Prize encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration.

We will respond to all submissions by February 2023.

Thank you for your interest in submitting poetry to the Terrain.org 13th Annual Contest, judged by Sean Hill. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

Submission deadline: Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

$20 entry fee per poem set or long poem. $1,000 grand prize. $200 for finalists. All poems are considered for publication.

Submit 3-5 poems or one long poem (5+ pages) per entry. Combine all poems into a single document.

For poetry, we are seeking not just the best poem, but the best set of 3-5 poems or the best long poem, with the hopes of awarding our prizes to poetry sets or long poems rather than individual, shorter poems, when possible. No maximum lines per poem. Submitted documents must contain only the poem title(s) and poems(s) without the author name or contact information (including in the document header/footer).

All poems must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are just fine.

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

Thank you for your interest in submitting nonfiction to the Terrain.org 13th Annual Contest, judged by Janisse Ray. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

Submission deadline: Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

$20 entry fee per essay/article or micro essay series. $1,000 grand prize. $200 for finalists. All submissions are considered for publication.

Submit one essay or article, up to 5,000 words total, or up to three related micro essays (up to 1,000 words each) per entry. Essays must contain only the essay title and essay itself without the author name or contact  information (including in the document header/footer). We will consider all nonfiction, but are most interested in creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoir, literary journalism, and other literary forms.

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

Thank you for your interest in submitting fiction to the Terrain.org 13th Annual Contest, judged by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

Submission deadline: Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

$20 entry fee per story or flash fiction series. $1,000 grand prize. $200 for finalists. All submissions are considered for publication.

Submit one story, up to 5,000 words total, or up to three flash fictions  (up to 1,000 words each) per entry. Stories must contain only the story title and story itself without the author name or contact information (including in the document header/footer).

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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