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.

Read our founding principles on our website.

Before pitching, get familiar with The New Territory. Buy a copy here.

We love literary nonfiction of all shapes, including journalism and stories best suited for nontraditional forms such as creative nonfiction and short graphic novels. 

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. 

Before pitching, please be familiar with The New Territory. Buy a copy here or read article previews.

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.

In your pitch, show us your plan for the narrative arc, sources/characters, the story's relevance to our focal region (including but not exclusive to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska), how long you expect the piece to run (our written features tend to run 2,000-5,000 words), how soon it could be ready for publication, and why you’re the right person to write the story. Include 2-3 of your best clips (unpublished work for a class or personal project is perfectly acceptable).

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.

Before submitting, get familiar with The New Territory. Buy a copy here.

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.

Before pitching, get familiar with The New Territory. Buy a copy here.

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. Make sure to let us know why you are the person who should write the review.

Parameters for Review Submissions:

  • Single document of 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

Before submitting, get familiar with The New Territory. We hope you'll love it as much as we do. Copies available for purchase here.

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 the Lower Midwest, which we loosely define as the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

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!

Parameters for Fiction Submissions

  • Single document of up to 25 double-spaced pages
  • Cover letter should touch briefly on your connection to the region and should list the word count of your submission
  • Include page numbers and 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

Before submitting, get familiar with The New Territory. We hope you'll love it as much as we do. Copies available for purchase here.

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 the Lower Midwest, which we loosely define as the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

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!

Parameters for Poetry Submissions

  • Single document of up to 10 pages or 5-8 poems, with each poem beginning on a new page
  • Cover letter should touch briefly on your connection to the region and should list the title of each poem
  • 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
Before submitting, get familiar with The New Territory. We hope you'll love it as much as we do. Copies available for purchase here.

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 the Lower Midwest, which we loosely define as the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and the differently abled are strongly encouraged to send their work our way. We want to hear from you!

Parameters for Creative Nonfiction Submissions

  • Single document of up to 25 double-spaced pages
  • Cover letter should touch briefly on your connection to the region and should list the word count of your submission
  • Include page numbers and 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
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