Intelligent: early 16th century: from Latin intelligent – ‘understanding,’ from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere ‘understand,’ from inter ‘between’ and legere ‘choose.’

Current calls

Panorama emphasises writing and photography which is created with a deep intelligence, reconnecting us to the world.

Submissions open March 17th, 2018 and will remain open until enough submissions are received, by section.

Thank you for considering submitting your work to our journal, and we look forward to reading your submission.

We require a cover letter for all submissions, with certain information provided [introduction, background, publication history, Twitter]. We also ask that all submitted work be sent as a Word Doc attachment, double spaced, with page numbers. We are unable to accept work within emails, or sent as PDF’s. We regret that due to the number of submissions we receive, submissions that do not meet our guidelines are declined. For more on our guidelines, read our FAQ’s and Submissions page. For more on guidelines for our upcoming print issue, visit our East African Print Edition page. All emails should be sent to the section editor as indicated, and titled as requested. By following our guidelines, you can help us accept your work more quickly. Thank you.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, and our goal of publishing as many writers as possible, writers may only submit or query one work per issue. If your submission or query is declined for an issue, and the submission call is still open, you can submit another work or query again to that issue.

Autumn 2018: War & Peace: the Political Issue

Pitches close August 15 8/15/2018

War: from late Old English were, from Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French guerre, from a Germanic base shared by worse.

We will be using the definitions of war which apply to the political landscape:  a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state; or, to engage in war.

Peace: from Middle English pees, from the Anglo-French pes, pees; from Latin pac-, pax, akin to Latin pacisi, to agree.

We will using the definitions of peace which apply to the political landscape: a state of tranquility or quiet, as brought on by freedom from civil disturbances, or a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom, as well as a state or period of mutual concord between governments.


“They have the guns, we have the poets. Therefore, we will win.” — Howard Zinn

“Our strategy should be not only to confront the empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it with our art, our music, our sheer relentlessness—and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different form the ones we are brainwashed to believe.” — Arundhati Roy, War Talk

“We [need to] give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world..this is the reason people tell stories, and have told stories since the beginning of time.” — Umberto Eco, Six Walks in Fictional Woods

The War & Peace issue is our first targeted issue and is less broad in scope than our other themes: it is focused on the political landscapes of the world and how they change the scope of our travels. We’re looking for powerful storytelling which shows the world at war—and at peace—through the eyes of travel literature.

For this special issue, we have more sections open to pitches. For information on what to include in your email, and please read our FAQs and General Submissions pages.

Nonfiction sections open to pitches:

Cartography, mapping place in both traditional and nontraditional ways. For this issue, we invite those new to cartography and those who are accomplished cartographers to pitch a ‘subversive map’ of a place they have traveled. A subversive map is a map which includes things normally not mapped on traditional maps, and can include those with voices left out or locations which are excluded, by grouping them together in new ways. Works for this section run from 3000-4000 words, and include images of maps or drawings. The editor for this section is Anne Louise Avery, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: Cartography Pitch.

General Nonfiction, travel memoir and travel essays, traditional format. Pieces for this issue will run from 2000 to 8,000 words. While we will publish a great variety of nonfiction, we are especially interested in the following parts of the world: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bhutan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Columbia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, the Ukraine, Vietnam and Yemen, among others.

In addition, we are interested in a few works from the United States and the United Kingdom. In both cases, we will be looking for works that extend outside of the traditional narrative, and especially those works that connect us to writers who have traveled under duress due to the current political leadership. The China Sea, as well as the refugee crisis in the European Union and the similar situation in the United States with borders and Visa requirements, are also possible topics.  However, all regions of the world are open to pitches—if you have a story, we want to hear about it.

In your pitch, please explain why the region or conflict–or lack of such–is an important one for inclusion in this landmark issue, how this connects to travel, and why you are the person to write it, as well the story narrative or essay argument. For this issue, we will allow both personal essays which argue a point, as well as stories that follow a traditional travelogue arc and take the reader along for a journey. The editor of this section is our Editor-in-Chief, Amy Gigi Alexander, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: Nonfiction Pitch.

Outdoor Literature, nature writing and the outdoor adventure paired with travel. This section emphasizes narratives by women and people or color, but it is open to all. We are particularly interested, for this issue, in stories about traveling thru outdoor landscapes in countries or regions at war, as well personal essays finding peace during difficult political times in nature. Pieces for this section run from 2000-6000 words, and the editor is Leslie Hsu Oh, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: Outdoor Literature Pitch. 

Psychogeography, exploring place guided by psychogeographical principles. This call has been opened up to all writers. Pitches should outline how you will use psychogeographical principles to explore your chosen site, how the focus relates to the issue’s theme and your own connection to that place.

Pitches should also demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and ideological forces behind, for example, conflict, peacemaking and reconstruction. It might engage with themes such as: sites of trauma, the impact on cultural heritage and architecture, the layering of communities and generational stories, emotional and ethical responses, etc. This section aims to broaden the traditional scope of psychogeography from urban wandering to a general engagement with human spaces/civilisations and a critical reflection on how we move through them.

Essays run from 1200 to 3000 words, but tend to be on the shorter side. Works can be experimental, but must be nonfiction. The editor for this section is Kyra Giorgi, at psychogeographyeditor@panoramajournal.orgTitle your pitch: War & Peace: Psychogeography Pitch.

Streetview, a view from your street:  this section focuses on traveling your own street. For examples of past Streetview pieces, please explore our issues from 2017/18. Pieces run from 1500 words to 2000 words, and the editor to pitch is Kristin Vukovic, at Title your pitch War & Peace: Streetview Pitch.

The Chapter, a chapter of a travelogue which deals with the theme of the issue. Launching with War & Peace, this can come from a previously published book or a not yet published book. It must be a travel book, and the book chapter and text need to relate to the theme of War & Peace. For your pitch, include an excerpt and an introduction to why your book suits the War & Peace issue. Rights are different than for other works, and we maintain shared rights only for moment of publication. The editor for this section is our Editor-in-Chief, Amy Gigi Alexander, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: The Chapter.

Triptych, one place three ways: we’ve chosen the Philippine city of Davao to be written by three different writers. We are especially open to Filipino writers for this section. For examples of Triptych pieces we’ve run in the past, please explore our issues from 2017/18. Triptych pieces are usually 1200-1800 words after edits, and the editor to pitch is Senior Editor Sarge La Cuesta, at Title your pitch: war & Peace: Davao Pitch.

VONA Travels, a section exclusively for participants of Voices of Our Nations travel writing workshops. This section features nonfiction travel memoir and journals from a selected group of graduates of this VONA program, as a way of highlighting their work. Pitches can be for any issue or a general query. For more information, please contact Senior Editor, Faith Adiele, who curates and edits this collection, at fadiele@panoramajournalorg. Title your pitch or query: VONA Travels, Open Call.


Other sections open to pitches:

Graphic Narratives, a selection of graphically rendered travelogues, a blend of text and imagery. This section is open to experimental works and a wide view of what ‘travel’ is, and we will publish both new works and those previously published, and the section editor is Lucy Dureen, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: Graphic Narrative.

Sketchbook: pages from a travel sketchbook. We’ve featured sketches next to works for our first four issues, and we’ve decided to open this up to featuring an artist or artist each issue. We like the beautiful, but we also like the offbeat and edgy. Sketches must somehow relate to the theme of War & Peace, and some minimal text may be requested. The advisory board chooses the artist each issue, but please email your idea and a selection of your work to our Editor-in-Chief, Amy Gigi Alexander, at Title your pitch: War & Peace: Sketchbook.

Other sections open for submissions:

Flash, a series of flash nonfiction travel memoir. We’ve had many requests to include flash nonfiction in our journal, and we launch this new series with the War & Peace issue. The section editor extends a special invitation to women who are not yet published, but the section is open to all. Pieces must be between 150 and 300 words, after edits, and no longer than 350 words before edits. We invite short works with a story and strong sense of detail and place, and the section is edited by Marie Baleo, at Title your submission: War & Peace: Flash.

Fiction, travel stories which may be hybridizations or imaginary. One of our most inventive sections of Panorama, we like works that challenge the shape of what a travel story is and can be. The section editor is especially open to work by diaspora writers of all kinds, but the section is open to all. Pieces for this section run from 2000-6000 words, and the editor is Vimi Bajaj, at Title your submission: War & Peace: Fiction.

Poetry, travel themed poetry and experimental work. We publish anywhere from five to ten poems each issue, and focus on non-lyrical work, although we are open to all. In the past, our issues have mostly featured poets living in the United States and the United Kingdom. For this issue, we will only publish poetry living outside the United States and the United Kingdom. The section editor is David Ishaya Osu, at Title your submission: War & Peace: Poetry.

Voices of East Africa: Print edition 

Voice: from the  Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French voiz, voice (Old Frenchvoiz, vois) < Latin vōcem, accusative of vōx; akin to vocāre ‘to call’, Greek óps voice, épos word ‘epic‘ Sanskrit vakti ‘he speaks’

Panorama announces our first print collection is now open for submissions. Visit East Africa Print Edition for more information on the issue, and to read about special call for guest editors, visit Positions Open.

Print contributors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will receive a copy, as well as an honorarium of fifty dollars, paid at the time of publication January 2019. Payment is the same regardless of word length or section.

The issue has specific requirements for submission. These are found here, and are also below. Our usual submission requirements apply, otherwise: cover letter, style, length, and format. These guidelines can be found on our general Submissions page and on the FAQ’s page.

Before you send in your work for the print issue, make sure you meet these guidelines. We regret we are unable to make exceptions.

Writers must have been born in East Africa. They need not be living in East Africa currently, but must have been born in one of the following countries or territories:

  1. Burundi
  2. Comoros
  3. Djibouti
  4. Eritrea
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Kenya
  7. Madagascar
  8. Malawi
  9. Mauritius
  10. Mozambique
  11. Rwanda
  12. Seychelles
  13. Somalia
  14. South Sudan
  15. Sudan
  16. Tanzania
  17. Uganda

We accept work from both the East African diaspora [if the writer was born in the above countries/territories] and writers who were born and live in East Africa. At this time, we do not accept works by writers who were not born in East Africa but now live there; nor works about East Africa by writers who traveled there but were not born there.

Writers must submit travel themed poetry, fiction, or nonfiction about traveling exclusively in the East Africa region. We do not accept submissions about travel outside of the East Africa region. Work must be submitted in English, although we may decide to publish side by side translations.

When submitting works, include your current location in East Africa, or tell us your birthplace.

Voices of East Africa/Fiction: we are looking for fictional travel narratives that take us to places in East Africa, whether they be urban or wild, or anywhere in between. Show us the region imaginatively through your visionary or hybrid travel works. Our standard word length applies; please visit FAQ’s. We do accept works in translation for this section, but both original work and the English version must have never been published. We do not accept previously published works for this issue.

Send your East African themed travel fiction to, with the title: ‘Voices: Fiction.’

Voices of East Africa/Nonfiction: nonfiction for this issue will span travel memoir, cartography, psychogeography, outdoor literature, and more. We are particularly interested in travel memoir, and visualize this section including all kinds of journeys, whether down the street or across a mountain, through a Nairobi downtown scene or in the middle of Rwandan hills with their layered steppes. Show us East Africa, yours. Our standard word length applies; please visit FAQ’s. We do accept works in translation for this section, but both original work and the English version must have never been published. We do not accept previously published works for this issue.

Send your East African themed travel nonfiction to, with the title: ‘Voices: Nonfiction.’

Voices of East Africa/Poetry: the Voices series is especially interested in including travel poetry. We are seeking poetry of all kinds, from lyrical to narrative to wildly experimental. East Africa, in poetry: allow us to experience place through skillful arrangement, detail, and tone. Our standard word length does not apply; we accept from two pages to five pages for a single poem. We do accept works in translation for this section, but both original work and the English version must have never been published. We do not accept previously published works for this issue.

Send your East African themed travel poetry to, with the title, ‘Voices: Poetry.’