Founded by a journalist in 2015, The New Territory is a biannual autobiography of possibilities in the Lower Midwest, edited by and for Midwesterners. Send us your work. Pitch us your dream projects.

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 publishes literature and longform journalism. We are a paying market.

Our mission is to cultivate connections among the land, people and possibilities of the Lower Midwest.

Read our founding principles on our website to see why you matter.

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


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 2,000-5,300 words), how soon it could be ready for publication, and why you’re the right person to write the story.

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

The Here section is devoted to personal essays that focus on something that situates the personal in a sense of place, whether that be a specific location, a region, or even a specific object that evokes a sense of space. You should have a tie to the lower Midwest, whether that means you grew up in the region or if you are a transplant to the region.

In your pitch or submission, show us your plan for the narrative arc, the story's relevance to our focal region, your tie to the region, (including but not exclusive to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska), and why you’re the right person to write the story. 

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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