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 our 13th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction will open on May 1, 2022 and close on September 5, 2022 (Labor Day).

We accept Letter to America, ARTerrain, and Unsprawl submissions 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, ARTerrain, and Unsprawl submissions within four weeks. 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.

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 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 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.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Terrain.org's Unsprawl feature, an in-depth narrative and design-oriented overview and/or review of a development that is environmentally, economically, and culturally more viable than conventional suburban "sprawl" development.

Unsprawl case studies and narratives may highlight a new development, redevelopment, or historically livable project, site, community or regional system in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Unsprawl case studies and narratives may be previously published, but they must not be available online, and should be updated if previously published.

Please submit your Unsprawl narrative or query in a single document, which may included embedded images or links to images. Up to 20 images may also be uploaded with your document. The images should be no less than 1600 pixels wide, when possible. Please include captions and photo credits in your narrative document and, when relevant, a bulleted list of "About the Project." See www.terrain.org/2019/unsprawl/civano, for example.

View all recent Unsprawl features at www.terrain.org/category/unsprawl.

Payment may be available for Unsprawl case studies.

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