Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
As the world's first online journal of place (founded in 1997), Terrain.org publishes essential, place-based literature, editorials, design, artwork, and more—with a particular focus on environmental, climate, and social justice. Terrain.org is advertisement-free and free to access.
Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video
Recent Awards Received
2018 and 2020 AWP Small Press Publisher Award Finalist
Jane Hirshfield, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Camille Dungy
We are open to submissions of all genres from September 3 - April 30. We are open to contest submissions (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) from May 1 to U.S. Labor Day. No cost to submit regular submissions.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 4 months
Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. $15 entry for $500 grand prize in each genre, plus $100 for finalists.
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Publish Print Anthology?
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded Terrain.org in 1997 just following graduation with my Master of Urban and Regional Planning. I have been editor-in-chief ever since.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
One editor-in-chief, editors and assistant editors for all genres plus education and broadsides (16 editors total), international editorial board (30 total).
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Tell us about yourself and publication experience generally; no need to describe the piece itself, though if it needs context we can't get by reading it, that can be added.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use Submittable. Submissions are reviewed by assistant editors and then forwarded to genre editors who then forward to editor-in-chief, discussion taking place where appropriate along each level.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Beauty, power, humility, surprise, delight--you know, the regular stuff.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read some of our recent contributions to get a sense of what we publish--but we publish a really wide array of work. Your best bet (for us or anyone) is to ensure your submission is polished. Have others review it before submitting.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?