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

Submissions for our 12th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction (judged by Ellen Bass, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin, respectively) are now open and close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day (September 6, 2021).

General submissions of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction will open again on September 7. 

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.

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

Thank you for your interest in submitting poetry to the Terrain.org 12th Annual Contest, judged by Ellen Bass. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

$20 entry fee per poem set or long poem. $1,000 grand prize. $100 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 12th Annual Contest, judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

$20 entry fee per essay/article or micro essay series. $1,000 grand prize. $100 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 12th Annual Contest, judged by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. You may view our full submission guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

Submission deadline: Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

$20 entry fee per story or flash fiction series. $1,000 grand prize. $100 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 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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