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An independent, ad-free online magazine founded in 1997 that focuses on place by publishing a mix of award-winning contributions, including poetry, nonfiction, fiction, editorials, interviews, reviews, recommended reads, artwork, and community/regional case studies.

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Highlights

  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    4-6 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    59 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    5% *
    Editor reported data
     / 
    1.64%*
    Chill Subs tracker stats

PaysYes

Find more details in the Genres section

FeeNo

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: $

Story, flash fiction series, novel excerpt, radio play, or other fiction piece

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Payment: $

Creative nonfiction, personal essays, photo essays, articles, flash essays, case studies, and other essays need not follow any particular style.

Poetry

Max pieces: 6

Payment: $

2-6 poems. Any length

Hybrid

Payment: $

No specific limitations

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Payment: $

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Payment: $

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How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    If you are a former Terrain.org contributor, please remind us in your cover letter.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    Terrain.org acquires online publication rights for the life of the journal, as well as the right to reprint the work in an anthology.

  • Additional info

    Accept previously published: as long as the work is not available elsewhere online. Original, unpublished work preferred though. Offer expedited response: but only for Letter to America submissions, and even there it's about 2 months We do pay contributors when we can, particularly if they meet our goals under our 2020 Statement on Racial Justice (https://www.terrain.org/about/racial-justice/).

Tracker statistics

95

Total submissions tracked

59 days

Average response time

1.64%

Average acceptance rate

8 days

Fastest response time

105 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 168 days, 225 days, 457 days

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    Poetry

    Oct 1, 2024 - Mar 31, 2025

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About

With a focus on place, climate, and justice, Terrain.org is an independent magazine of literature, artwork, commentary, and design founded in 1997. Contributions to in Terrain.org are of the highest quality, by a variety of contributors for a diverse, informed, and progressive audience. Contributor...

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Founded

1997

Country

US

www.terrain.org

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    Editor Simmons Buntin avatar

    Simmons Buntin

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Betsy Aoki avatar

    Betsy Aoki

    Editor

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    Chaun Ballard

    Assistant Editor