Contests

Nowhere 2020 Prizes & Opportunities Schedule

Specifics for each event will be listed below this calendar as they go live. Read our general guidelines, applicable to every contest, here.

January 15, 2020, to February 29, 2020: The Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers’ Prize [CLOSED]
March 1, 2020, to July 15, 2020: The Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Prize [NOW OPEN]
July 16, 2020, to September 30, 2020:  Open Call: Words
October 1, 2020, to November 20, 2020: The Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Prize
Year-round:  Open Call: Photography Compass Rose

Spring 2020 Travel Writing Prize

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Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our annual Spring Travel Writing Prize. We are looking for novice and veteran writers of any stripe to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of people, place and time. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!

Requirements:

+ Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript.
+ Stories should run between eight hundred and five thousand words. Poetry may be any length, and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry.
+ Entries must be submitted in English, though authors may be located anywhere in the universe.
+ Previously published work is eligible. Please indicate this, with proper attribution details, in your cover letter.
+ Entries must not previously have been chosen the winner of any contest.
+ Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please indicate this in your cover letter. If your submission is awarded another prize during this contest period, please withdraw your entry.
+ Multiple entries from a single author, submitted individually, are welcome.
+ Please leave off any identifying information from your attachment—no names, contact information, etc. We intend to read every submission totally blind.
+ Please do not insert graphics, images or video into your attachment. Please use a widely available font (Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, etc.) in 12-point size, with spacing set to 1.5 or 2 and with 1-inch margins.

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on July 15, 2020.

The winner will receive US$1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going. We look forward to reading your work!

Submit Here!


2020 Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers’ Prize

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took a chance on their writing and submitted! Please allow eight to ten weeks for our staff to review entries and select our winner and finalists. Entrants will be notified of decisions via Submittable.


Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took a chance on their writing and submitted! Please allow eight to ten weeks for our staff to review entries and select our winner and finalists. Entrants will be notified of decisions via Submittable.


Spring 2019 Travel Writing Contest

Congratulations to Anna Kortschak for winning our Spring 2019 Travel Writing Contest! Anna won $1,000 for her story, History Lessons.” We extend a warm congratulations to our finalists well, whose work will be published in Nowhere in the upcoming weeks:

Allison Adair
Sofia Batchelor
Mark Burgess
Suzanne Frank
Genni Gunn
Richard Hague
Johnny Kane
Kevin King
Travis Nagy
I. L. Sherman
Lucretia Stewart


Fall 2018 Travel Writing Contest

Congratulations to Stacey Engels for winning our Fall 2018 Travel Writing Contest! Stacey won $1,000 for her story, “Pompeii ’87-’01-’17.” We also nominated the piece for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Travel Writing 2020. We extend a warm congratulations to our finalists well, whose work will be published in Nowhere in the upcoming weeks:

Shawn Allen
Matthew Di Paoli
Michael Fischer  (nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize)
Richard Hague  (nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize)
Robert Howe
William C-F Long
Lou Morrison (nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Travel Writing 2020)
Alison Morse
Cherene Sherrard
Rob Magnuson Smith  (nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Travel Writing 2020)
Kelly Watt


Spring 2018 Travel Writing Contest

Congratulations to Patricia Striar Rohner for winning our Spring 2018 Travel Writing Contest! Patricia won $1,000 for her story, “A Day in Crown Heights.” We extend a warm congratulations to our finalists well, whose work will be published in Nowhere in the upcoming weeks:

Brandon Cook
Margaret Hedderman (nominated for he Best American Travel Writing 2020)
Jamie Shrewsbury
Alise Caroline Wascom


“This Land Is…” Travel Writing Contest

Congratulations to McKenzie Long for winning our inaugural contest supporting public lands! She takes home $250 for her story, “The Alphabet Effect.” Hats off as well to our finalists, each of whom has won an America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, valued at $80, and whose work will appear in Nowhere in the coming weeks:

Sarah Booher
Blaire Briody
Justin Florey
Chris Waltz


Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest

Congratulations to Kelsey Camacho for winning the Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest! Kelsey won $1,000 for her story, “Gå Fram.” We also congratulate our finalists, whose work will appear in Nowhere in the coming weeks:

Michael Boushee
Jane Breakell
Linda Dittmar
Susanna Forrest
Russell Helms
Marya Hornbacher
Susan Roether  (nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize)
Honor Vincent
Marjory Woodfield
Courtney Zoffness


Congratulations to Piers Smith for winning the Spring 2017 Travel Writing Contest! Piers won $1,000 for his story, “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Congratulations also go to our finalists:

Diana Spechler
Beejay Silcox
Marion Pont
Kathryn Paulsen
Dominic Gerard


Big congrats to David Zoby for winning the Fall 2016 Travel Writing Contest! David won $1,000 for his story, “Some Vague Stars to the South.” Congratulations also go to our finalists:

Jessica Lipnack
Hillary Kaylor
Anna Wallace-Thompson
Alia Volz


Spring 2016 Travel Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to Richard Hague for winning the Spring 2016 Travel Writing Contest. Richard won receive $1,000 for “A Day and a Night on the Late Big Bone.” Also, congrats to the following finalists, whose stories also will appear in Nowhere:

Katie Leonard
Kali VanBaale
Amalia Gladhart
Pamela Dae
Christopher Scott
Lara Tupper
Maggie Pahos
Andrew Wailes


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