Founded by Midwestern editors in 2015, The New Territory is an autobiography of the Lower Midwest, edited by and for Midwesterners. Send us your work. Pitch us your dream projects. We send to print twice a year.
Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to send their work our way. We want to hear from you!
The New Territory is known for its Midwestern-forward literature and longform journalism, as well as our lush photography and playful illustrations.
We pay, modestly, for our printed pieces. Our online series are written by volunteers or paid a modest stipend. Our editors are all volunteers.
Each section has different guidelines. Click to learn more about each:
- feature pitches
- short personal essays
- literary landscapes
- shop talk
- literature submissions
- art and photography guidelines
Feature Pitch Guidelines
Features may include journalism, longform creative nonfiction, photo essays, and other nonfiction work. We appreciate ecological journalism and personal narrative that is woven into larger social themes. Written features generally range from 2,000-5,000 words.
- Submit article and feature pitches to our executive editor Sara Maillacheruvu on Submittable.
- In your pitch, show what your story is about (characters, narrative arc), its relevance to the Territory, your plans for the text (length, how soon it could be ready for publication), who you are, and why you’re the person to write the story.
- Include 2-3 of your best clips (unpublished work for a class or personal project is perfectly acceptable).
- Section specifics:
- Written features: In 3-5 paragraphs pitch longform features. Features will run no fewer than 2,000 words of narrative, investigative or immersion stories from the Lower Midwest.
- Photo essays: Pitch photo essays or let us know your availability for assignments. See our Photography and Art Submission Guidelines for more.
If you’re a writer who is just emerging, we will connect you with an editor who can help make your story sing. Please don’t let experience keep you from pitching.
“Here” Section Pitches and Submissions (Personal Essays and Photos)
The Here section is devoted to short (200-750 words) personal essays situating the personal in a sense of place, whether that be a specific location/building, a community/region, or even a specific object/animal/photo. You should have a tie to the lower Midwest (primarily, but not exclusive to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska)—whether that means you grew up in, are a transplant to, or have had a meaningful experience in the region.
Although we prefer completed essays when choosing Here pieces for publication, we will be happy to consider pitches or photo collections that fit the section guidelines.
Our review section seeks reviews on events, books, cafes, fashion, music, food, art, monuments, and anything else that you feel deserves to be talked about. The reviewer should have some sort of tie to the Lower Midwest and, ideally, the thing you want to review would also have some relationship to the region, which we loosely define as the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. We are interested in Midwestern perspectives on both regional and national works. Submit a review to Julia Shiota via Submittable.
- Final document will be up to 750 words.
- Cover letter should touch briefly on your connection to the region and a brief description of what you wish to review.
- Include your name and email address in the header or footer of your document.
- File name should begin with author’s last name and include genre of submission.
- If you are the creator or agent of a piece of media you would like us to review, please email Julia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.. Please note we only run 3-4 reviews per printed issue.
The New Territory is seeking brief essays on the experience of or connection to an important site related to Midwestern literature.
We seek essays of 400-600 words, accompanied by a photo of the site, to publish on our website for a series called “Literary Landscapes.” Sites may include author houses, locations within the literature, or sites that have been destroyed. All contributors will receive a one-year New Territory subscription as a thank-you.
We’ve spelled out more details, including a wish list of authors, here on this blog post.
Contact Outpost Editor Andy Oler at email@example.com with questions or pitches.
Who do you talk with that makes your heart full? Who changed the way you understand the world, practice your craft, or experience the place where you live?
The New Territory’s new series, Shop Talk, puts Midwesterners in conversation with people they admire. They might be contemporaries, mentors or family. They might discuss creative life, spiritual life, the natural world, or their community.
(We are grateful to poet John Andrews, who pitched us the idea for a conversation with his friend and fellow poet Luisa Muradyan, which we published in Issue 08. We also draw inspiration from Interview Magazine, which for decades has curated talks between famous artists, musicians and other creative people, edited into a lively Q&A. )
Here’s how we see this going:
- Our editors connect with interesting Midwesterners who are making a mark on the region or who simply make us proud to share common ground with them.
- We invite said Midwesterner to choose a conversation partner who shares their delight and passion. Their shared connection can deal with their community, craft, or discipline. We trust that said Midwesterner will find someone who can not only delight them personally, but create some insight that our readers will find universally uplifting or thought-provoking.
- Those two talk. The conversation is recorded. Salient parts are transcribed for print and/or online.
Contact Publisher Tina Casagrand at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or pitches.
Literature Submission Guidelines
The New Territory cultivates regional identity through narrative journalism, provocative commentary, fresh literature and meaningful art. Contributors include emerging and established voices of the south-central US, including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
Our literature section seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, comics, and genre-benders with teeth, a heart, and a roving intelligence trained on and emerging from this region.
Completed submissions and queries should be directed to our Submittable page.
Prose and drama: Up to 25 pages
Poetry: Up to 10 pages or 5-8 poems, with each poem beginning on a new page
Comics: Inquire first
File Type and Setup
Please include a cover letter as the first page of your submission.
File name should begin with author’s last name and include genre of submission
.docx and .rtf files preferred for poetry, prose and drama
.pdf preferred for comics and acceptable in other genres if there’s a good reason for it
Photography and Art Submission Guidelines
The New Territory wants to publish the work of our region’s artists and photographers. If you want to submit your work for consideration, please follow these guidelines:
- We’ll consider anything, from anyone. If you or your work has a tie to the lower Midwest, we’ll consider it! We aim for diversity in subject, media, and location. Landscape photos are welcome, but images featuring other subjects (architecture, people, animals) get bonus points.
- Please send no more than five images. We appreciate receiving a well-curated selection of work. Let us know if you’ve got more, and we may ask to see it.
- Initial images can be sent in any size or format. Whatever is convenient for you is convenient for us! We accept links to services like Google Drive and Dropbox, as well as email attachments.
Introduce yourself and send images to email@example.com.
File Type and Setup
- jpeg, tiff, psd, pdf, ai
- 300 ppi
- approximately 4500 x 3200 pixels or larger