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Currently accepting 15th Annual Contest submissions from May 1 - September 2, and Letter to America and ARTerrain submissions year-round.

General Submissions
Accepted January 1, 2025 – March 31, 2025

Contest Submissions
Accepted May 1 – September 2, 2024 (Labor Day)

Sowell Emerging Writers Prize Submissions
Accepted September 15 – November 15, 2024

Letter to America Submissions
Accepted Year-Round

ARTerrain Submissions
Accepted Year-Round

Reviews Submissions
Currently not open for submissions.

Terrain.org  welcomes submissions from new and experienced authors and artists alike. Our online 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. Please expect a response time of at least 16 weeks on general submissions, and please submit no more than once every six months. We pay $50 for all contributions.

We do not accept previously published submissions except as excerpts of published books. In that case, please query us at info@terrain.org.

We are currently not accepting submissions for Reviews.

The Terrain.org submission period is open from:

  • Please query info@terrain.org for interviews, non-literary videos, and Unsprawl case studies.

If you need to withdraw all or part of your submission, please do so directly in Submittable.

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Terrain.org Editor’s Prize

All contributions 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 in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. Announcements are made in summer.

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Terrain.org is the first online literary journal of place, publishing award-winning literature, art, editorials, and community case studies since 1998.