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.